What’s on in Rome this Fall: events to mark on your calendar
As temperatures cool and leaves begin to fall, don’t be fooled into thinking that La Città Eterna is about to snuggle up into hibernation. Whilst summer might be the height of the tourism season in Rome, the autumn calendar is just as jam-packed. The museums and galleries have been busy curating and installing exhibitions of some true greats, and many of the city’s best-loved festivals are set to make their autumnal return.
Here we round up all you need to know for the biggest and best events that this season has to offer:
September 17 – November 24
Free and ticketed events
This year, the jam-packed line-up of the 34th edition of the Romaeuropa Festival is set to delight, inspire and entertain all ages from the 17th of September until the 24th of November. A dazzling array of theatre, dance, circus, art, technology and music will be showcased at 20 different venues throughout the city. This year’s title is “Landscapes”, a landscape to discover and to cross, between virtuality and reality and dreamlike projections of possible futures. Hundreds of artists from different countries will come together to create a kaleidoscope of expressive forms to represent a unique panorama: the geography of our world today.
Spring Attitude Festival
October 10 – 12
MAXXI: Via Guido Reni, 4A (Flaminio)
Videocittà – Ex Caserma Guido Reni: Via Guido Reni, 7 (Flaminio)
Day Pass: €20-25
Following last year’s format, Spring Attitude Festival will kick off during the famous ottobrata romana from October 10 – 12, reclaiming the format of “Fall is the new Spring”. With the launch of Spring Attitude, the city’s annual electronic music festival, Rome’s late night dance scene becomes wired with energy. For the festival’s tenth year running, big-name electronic, psychedelic and post-rock artists from all over the world will perform in two iconic locations and neighbourhoods of the city: MAXXI and the Ex Caserma Guido Reni in the cool Guido Reni/Flaminio neighbourhood.
Festa del Cinema
October 17 – 27
For just over a week this autumn, the Eternal City will see the return of its Festa del Cinema for its 14th edition. Taking place in the Auditorium Parco della Musica and other great locations throughout the city, this annual festival offers a whole host of events including screenings, master classes, tributes, exhibits, panels and many other special events. Don’t miss the return of Incontri Ravvicinati (Close Encounters), which is a series of talks from masters of the trade. This year Festa del Cinema will welcome the likes of Martin Scorsese, Sigourney Weaver, Giuseppe Tornatore, Pierre Bismuth, Cate Blanchett and many more. Check their website for the full line up, locations and pricing.
Roma Jazz Festival
November 1 – December 1
Rome’s Jazz festival returns for its 43rd edition with 23 concerts. “No borders. Migration and integration” is the title of this year’s festival–a program designed to investigate how jazz music reflects an irresistible urgency to fight old and new forms of exclusion. In the decades since its inception, the event has steadily elevated the genre – past headliners include musical icons like Miles Davis, Ray Charles and B.B. King. This year’s lineup is no exception, with an exciting roster of modern day jazz’s most prolific artists and prodigious newcomers.
Bacon, Freud and the School of London
Till 23 February 2020
Chiostro del Bramante
Via Arco della Pace, 5
Two iconic painters, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, for the first time together in an exhibition in Italy. One of the most fascinating, extensive and significant chapters of contemporary world art with the London School. The exhibition displays works from Tate and covers over 70 years, from 1945 to 2004.
Pompei e Santorini
11 October – 6 January 2020
Scuderie del Quirinale
Via XXIV Maggio, 16
The exhibition offers an extraordinary and unprecedented comparison between the two ancient sites of Pompeii and Akrotiri (on the island of Santorini), united by an identical purpose. Two whole human settlements were buried by eruptions, with their ideals, their beliefs, their cultures. The theme of catastrophe and rebirth will accompany visitors in a surprising journey back in time that will immerse them in History, in Surprise and in Darkness, in Beauty.
Exhibitions at Palazzo delle Esposizioni
October 4 – January 6, 2020
Palazzo delle Esposizioni Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Via Nazionale, 194 Via Nazionale, 194
Palazzo delle Esposizioni kicks off autumn with some unmissable exhibitions. On October 4th, the exhibition Tecniche d’Evasione displaying pictures and artworks from Hungarian artists during the ’60s and ’70s used to escape controls, to stun the censorship, to evade power, and mock it will debut. While on October 22nd, three exhibitions are in store: Sublimi Anatomie intends to recover the cognitive and critical importance of the observation of the human body; La Meccanica dei Mostri. Da Carlo Rambaldi a Makinarium will rebuild the path that can retrace the history of Italian and international cinema; and Katy Couprie. Dizionario Folle del Corpo with its visual vocabulary that tells the human body in all its aspects, mixing anatomy with poetry and actions with emotions.
October 6 – May 3, 2020
Piazza Venezia, 5
After kicking off Monet last year, Arthemisia Group is ready to surprise us with the inauguration of the most important exhibition ever seen in Rome on the history of Impressionism. In the marvellous rooms of the noble floor, where Maria Letizia Ramolino – mother of Napoleon Bonaparete – lived, there will be over 50 works on display by artists like Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Pissaro, and Signac. Artworks which have been hidden from the wider public, coming from private collections that are rarely accessible and which have been granted exceptionally for this exhibition. Stay tuned!
Canova. Eterna Bellezza
October 9 – March 15, 2020
Museo di Roma
Piazza San Pantaleo, 10
An exhibition-event focused on the connection between Antonio Canova and the city of Rome, with over 170 works and prestigious loans from important museums and Italian and foreign collections. Stay tuned!
Frida Khalo. Il Caos Dentro
October 12 – March 29, 2020
Spazio Eventi Tirso
Via Tirso 16/18
This “sensory exhibition”, curated by experts in the field, presents a vision of the life and loves of Frida Kahlo through her vibrant letters, her candid photographs and the works seen through technology in an immersive and engaging perspective.
Della Materia Spirituale dell’Arte
October 17 – March 8, 2020
Via Guido Reni 4A
On the spiritual matter of art is a vast exhibition which asks ubiquitous questions that have accompanied us since the dawn of time and on which the evolution of humanity was founded. The curation transcends the binary classifications of nationality, gender, chronology and instead facilitates a dialogue between diverse ancient and contemporary sensibilities. Prestigious artists on the Italian and International scene, including Yoko Ono and Enzo Cucchi are displayed alongside archeological artefacts from the Roman Empire. The viewer is confronted with two rivers of thought: the first is a question of spirituality and the second that of materials and techniques. What are the boundaries that define the palpable qualities of art? How do different cultures and epochs approach religion? Can art elevate itself beyond the tangible world and connect the spiritual?
Altan. Pimpa. Cipputi e Altri Pensatori
October 23 – January 12, 2020
Via Guido Reni 4A
A complete exhibition, to tell the world of Altan among original drawings, posters, illustrations, paintings, sketches, tables, books and videos. Finally an exhibition of an author able to transition easily from drawings dedicated to childhood and adventure comics, from illustrated novels to animated films, from cartoons to screenplays. Stay tuned!
VALADIER. Splendore nella Roma del Settecento
October 30 – February 23, 2020
Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5
The Borghese Gallery will dedicate its autumn exhibition to Luigi Valadier (1726-1785), protagonist of the renewal of taste in Rome in the middle of the ‘700. The exhibition will open to the public on October 30, 2019. Stay tuned!