What’s on in Rome this Summer: events to mark on your calendar
Summer is one of the best times you can visit Rome. Not just because of the beautiful weather, outdoor activities and beaches you can spend the day at, but also for the amazing amount of events you can attend. From food and wine festivals to music festivals and theater and opera performances, check out the best events in Rome in summer 2020!
Lungo il Tevere
Entry from Ponte Garibaldi & Ponte Sublicio
On the banks of the Tiber river, Lungo il Tevere is an exciting setting for Roman nightlife. Walk along the water and sample wine or drinks from the many outdoor restaurants. Every night, you can enjoy free live entertainment ranging from live music and cultural performances to improv acts. There are also fun and games for the whole family as well as children’s activities.
Festival di Caracalla
POSTPONED TO 2021
Baths of Caracalla
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Ever since the ancient Roman days, the Baths of Caracalla have been one of the Eternal City’s cultural hubs. Every summer you can have the unique opportunity to sit under the great night sky and enjoy world class opera performances from Rome’s Teatro Dell’Opera as well as very special performances from some of the world’s foremost musicians and composers.
Rock in Roma
POSTPONED TO 2021
Ippodromo delle Capannelle and other locations
Via Appia Nuova, 1245
Ever since it’s relatively small beginnings in 2002, the Rock in Roma festival has grown to bring some of the hardest rocking bands in the world to Rome. The festival spans several venues and runs over a month. You can certainly find some music you like as the genres included are often very diverse.
Villa Aperta Festival
French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici
Viale Trinità dei Monti, 1
There is no shortage of venues to see live music at during a Roman summer, and the Villa Aperta Festival brings fresh, exciting talent to the city every year. At the magnificent Villa Medici, you will experience the best the French Academy of Rome has to offer. Expect artsy, innovative, electronic music!
Roma Summer Festival
POSTPONED TO 2021
Auditorium Parco della Musica
Via Pietro de Coubertin
Experience the best of the international music scene and witness legendary performers from across generations at the incredible Auditorium Parco della Musica this summer at the Roma Summer Festival.
Open Air Movie Nights
Cinema In Piazza: July 3 – August 30
One of the most exciting parts of a summer in Rome is hanging out in the bustling piazzas and watching some of your favorite films. With many locations run by different organizations across the city, you can watch moving international films, hot new flicks, and classic Italian cinema. Some locations will have special guests and exciting accompaniment. Make sure to check out our guide to Rome’s open air movie nights to see what’s hot near you!
UEFA Euro 2020 Cup
From June 12 till July 12 POSTPONED TO 2021
If you can’t attend the epic UEFA Euro 2021 Cup opener in Rome you’ll still have a chance to see several of the matches in Rome. Visit the legendary Stadio Olimpico and watch some of the world’s greatest athletes duke it out to see who will be crowned the UEFA Euro 2021 Cup champions.
Via della Navicella, 12 (Celio Hill)
Dive deep into music, culture and elegance with Village Celimontana’s fifth edition. This year, the festival proposes more than 100 live concerts and a jam-packed program. See some of the greatest jazz musicians, swing and manoucheformations on stage, alternating with tango shows and some of the most interesting Italian big bands and some serious rock’n’roll. And for this event, the perfect setting awaits you: Villa Celimontana, an elegant and evocative location that recalls the charm of old Rome.
Vinòforum Wine Festival
September 11 – 20
Parco di Tor di Quinto
Via Fornaci di Tor di Quinto, 10
If you like delicious food and wine, this event is a must. After all, if you don’t, what are you doing in Rome? You’ll be able to sample from over 2,000 different wine labels with presentations from sommeliers. The Temporary Restaurant is a pillar of the event where some of Italy’s best restaurants assemble so that you can taste a little of Italy’s vast range of flavors. This is a fantastic time for business owners to network, foodies to get their grub on, and really anyone to enjoy a taste of Italy.
Taste of Roma Festival
September 24 – 27
Auditorium Parco della Musica
Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 30
For four days right at the fall-summer cusp, you can’t miss Rome’s largest restaurant festival. Some of the city’s finest chefs will be partaking, giving you the opportunity to try some of the city’s finest food. Taste of Roma, is a major event dedicated to exploring culinary talents, new tastes and flavors. You can also step into the kitchen and sign up for lessons with renowned chefs, as well as attending show cooking and beer and wine tastings.
Largo Aqua Felix (Piazza di Siena), Villa Borghese
Imagine seeing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in an Elizabethan theatre, the classic round structure that housed Shakespeare’s masterpieces. Now imagine seeing this timeless production in Italian, in Rome: Villa Borghese to be exact. This summer you can experience Shakespeare’s famous plays in the beautiful, open-air Silvano Toti Globe Theatre, a re-creation of the famous Globe.
Viaggio nei Fori
Forum of Casear
Forum of Augustus
Another exciting much-awaited event every summer is the Viaggio nei Fori – a tour created by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano where visitors will have the chance to see two portrayals of life in Ancient Rome, reconstructed within the Imperial Fora using light, images, film and animation. The marble blocks still visible in the Forum of Augustus and the Forum of Caesar are the starting point for a fascinating tour in discovery of magnificent archaeological sites and a temple that was at the heart of events in Ancient Rome.
Summer season is rooftop season! And if you really want to experience the Roman rooftop life, you can’t miss out on one of Rooftop Life’s events! Every Wednesday or Thursday, indulge in Italian-style aperitif, Dj-Set, networking and fun on the most beautiful rooftop terraces of the Eternal City. Jaw-dropping views, stunning locations, a great crowd and the perfect vibe await you. Rooftop Life will be hosted each week on a different terrace. From the rooftop of Les Etoiles to the rooftop of Hotel La Griffe, get ready to meet Rome’s panoramic terraces.