The Best Events in Rome this Autumn

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:

Romaeuropa Festival

20th September 2017 – 2nd December 2017

Various Locations
Free and ticketed events

The best events in Rome autumn

First launched way back in 1986, the Romaeuropa Festival, now in its 31st edition, has been dubbed one of the most important Italian cultural festivals and moreover boasts the 2006 title of one of the Wall Street Journal’s top four cultural festivals in Europe. Rome is the meeting place of artists from around the world as they share their diverse expressions of dance, theatre, music and cinema. Growing bigger and better every year, the 2017 edition is divided into seven sections entitled Anni Luci, Dancing Days, Kids, Powerful Stories, Selfie, Sharing and Visions making up a programme rich and diverse in its events, themes and audiences. Over the course of this autumn festival there will definitely be something for everyone!

PICASSO. Between Cubism e Classicism: 1915-1925

22nd September 2017 – 21st January 2018

Scuderie del Quirinale
Via XXIV Maggio, 16
Open Sun-Thu, 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat 10am-10.30pm
Entry Fee: €15, reduced €13

The best events in Rome autumn

Pablo Picasso, the iconic 20th century painter, sculptor and so much more, will be celebrated in Rome this autumn at the Scuderie del Quirinale. Some one hundred years after his first trip to Italy, which impacted both his art and his personal life (perhaps one cannot be impacted without inevitably impacting the other?), the exhibition of around 100 masterpieces curated by Olivier Berggruen will focus particularly on the pastiche method and the modernist techniques that Picasso used in his journey from realism to abstraction. The retrospective will also illustrate the experimental nature of Picasso’s work as he toyed with different styles throughout his career.

Enjoy: Art meets Amusement

23rd September 2017 – 25th February 2018

Chiostro del Bramante
Via Arco della Pace, 5
Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-9pm
Entry fee: €13, reduced €11

The best events in Rome this autumn

Following the success of “Love: Art meets Love”, the Chiostro del Bramante once again hosts an exhibition with originality at its heart, “Enjoy: Art meets Amusement”. This contemporary retrospective of original works seeks to highlight the differences in individual perception of art, creating an experience for viewers enhanced by the audio-guide from some of the most significant contemporary artists. Set in Bramante’s Renaissance cloister, the exhibit hosts an array of site-specific works that have been specially designed and constructed for this particular venue by a range of international artists, all with one common goal: to express the concept of amusement and encourage the viewing of art from different perspectives, thus resulting in different perceptions.


7th October 2017 – 7th January 2018

Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Via Nazionale, 194
Open Sun-Thurs, 10am-8pm; Fri- Sat, 10am-10.30pm; closed Monday
Entry fee: €10, reduced €8

The best events in Rome autumn

Now in its eighth edition, Digitalife is a special section of the Romaeuropa Festival that will be hosted by the Palazzo delle Esposizioni for 3 months starting from 7th October 2017. Dedicated to new technologies and digital art, the audience will have the chance to get involved with the interactive audio-visual structures whilst surrounded by ‘vortexes of light and sound’. This is all done with the aim of inviting the spectators to reflect upon the authenticity of representations of reality as well as allowing artists to broaden their creative horizons to better capture the changing environment in which we live. Upon the closing of the festival, Romaeuropa will host a series of meetings with eminent researchers to investigate the ‘anatomy of change’.

Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics

7th October 2017 – 20th January 2018

Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Via Nazionale, 194
Open Sun-Thurs, 10am-8pm; Fri- Sat, 10am-10.30pm; closed Monday
Entry fee: €12.5, reduced €10

The best events in Rome this autumn

Taking place at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Mangasia: Wonderland of Asian Comics is a feast of Asian comics with the largest ever selection of original artwork, displayed alongside their printed, mass-produced forms. Marvel at the artworks hailing from each corner of the continent as well as discovering the creative processes behind them with an exclusive behind the scenes look at original scripts, sketches and layouts that make up the finished product. Curated by Paul Gravett and over twenty advisors, the exhibit will take a thematic approach in exploring the influences of folklore, history and experimentation before looking at the continuing development of this art into other forms such as television, film, music, gaming and fashion.

Hokusai: Sulle Orme del Maestro

12th October 2017 – 14th January 2018

Museo dell’Ara Pacis
Lungotevere in Augusta
Open daily 9.30am-7.30pm
Entry fee: €10.50, reduced €8.50

The best events in Rome this autumn

A taste of Japan hits the Italian capital this autumn with the arrival of the Hokusai: Sulle Orme del Maestro exhibition, held at the Ara Pacis Museum. Paying homage to the work and legacy of world-renowned Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, most famous for his Great Wave Off Kanagawa (1831), the upcoming exhibition is made up of around 200 works. Due to the preservation needs of the fragile coloured wood paintings, the exhibit will rotate 100 works at a time. Viewers will be treated not only to the works of Hokusai, showcasing his many different artistic forms and techniques portraying a variety of subjects, but also, the works following The Great Wave from artists who have been inspired by the master.


19th October 201 – 11th February 2018

Complesso del Vittoriano
Via di San Pietro in Carcere
Open Mon–Thurs 9.30am–7.30 pm; Fri –Sat, 9.30 am–10 pm; Sun 9.30am – 8.30pm
Entry fee €12, reduced €10 (audio guide included)

The best events in Rome autumn

Claude Monet is coming to Rome in this exhibition of 60 of his works, curated by Marianne Mathieu. From his very first caricatures of the 1850’s, through the rural and urban landscapes, to the famous Nymphéas, the retrospective highlights the complex and multidimensional nature of Monet’s work reminding us of his artistic significance as the so called ‘father of Impressionism’. Following the development of his work throughout his lifetime, the jewel in this exhibition’s crown is the selection of Monet’s works from his last home of Giverny, which were donated to the Musée Marmottan Monet by his son Michel.

Festa del Cinema

26th October – 5th November 2017

Complete line up to be announced 10th October
Various Locations

The best events in Rome this autumn

For just over a week this autumn, the Eternal City will see the return of its Festa del Cinema for its 12th 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 wil welcome the likes of David Lynch, Sir Ian McKellen, Xavier Dolan, Chuck Palahniuk and Vanessa Redgrave. Check their website for the full line up, locations and pricing.


31st October 2017 – 4th February 2018

Galleria Borghese
Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5
Open Tues-Sun 8.30am – 7.30pm
Booking required

The best events in Rome this autumn

In celebration of the 20 year anniversary of its reopening, the Galleria Borghese is this winter hosting an exhibition close to its heart. The upcoming Bernini retrospective will draw upon one of the gallery’s first exhibitions from 20 years ago entitled Bernini scultore and, with the gallery already being home to some of Bernini’s most renowned works such as Il ratto di Proserpina and Apollo e Dafne, it seems apt that this Baroque giant is the artist of choice to mark such an occasion. Looking to continue the initial Bernini scultore expo of 1998, the 2017 version will focus on the methods that led to his unparalleled success and the close link between painting and sculpture that wrote the primary grammar for what is now known as the Baroque.

Roma Jazz Festival

13th – 30th November 2017-09-11

Auditorium Parco della Musica
Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30
Times and Prices available on website

The Best events in Rome this autumn

Now in its 41st year, the 2017 edition of the annual Roma Jazz Festival is entitled Jazz is my Religion, (taken from a poem by American writer Ted Joans) and celebrates jazz as a uniting force that conveys a message of peace, harmonises rhythm and meaning and carries universal values for all, whether they be performing it or listening to it. In a time where religion can be seen as a source of friction, Roma Jazz Festival is seeking to remind us of our universality. Moreover, in 2017 we arrive at many a landmark in the genre’s history such as 100 years since the first Jazz record and since the birth of Jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Thelonious Monk. Roma Jazz Festival provides a platform for appreciation of the jazz scene that is flourishing in Rome.

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