En Plein Air: A guide to Rome’s outdoor Cinemas in 2021

Rome’s 2020 outdoor Cinemas

Moonlit Movie Nights in Rome

Nothing says summer in the Eternal City like a movie under the stars (preferably with a gelato in hand). This month, piazzas, lush villas, and Rome’s only island transform into open-air cinemas, showing everything from classic flicks, to kid-friendly favorites, to new releases–all in full compliance with the anti-covid measures. Read on for our top picks of outdoor flicks in the city.

Cinema in Piazza 2021

cinema in piazza san cosimato

From June 4th to August 1st, Rome’s piazzas will be transformed into opportunities to rebuild community and experience intense civil and social value. Rome’s piazzas are once again being transformed into a movie theater, as the free outside movie festival, “Il Cinema in Piazza,” has returned to Rome for its 7th year. Just like last year, it will be hosted in three locations: Piazza San Cosimato (June 4 – August 1), Monte Ciocci (June 19 – July 25), Casale della Cervelletta (June 10 – July 25).

43 movie nights are in store in three locations on 12×8-meter large screens. All films will be shown in the original language, with Italian subtitles. Entry to the open-air theaters will be allowed only if you’ve reserved your seat on prenotaunposto.it, on which you’ll be able to reserve your “area” where you can bring your pillows , towels and seats directly from home.

Till August 1, 2021

Piazza San Cosimato); Monte Ciocci;  Casale della Cervelletta in Tor Sapienza

Films shown nightly at 8pm / 8.30pm / 9.15pm

Free entry – Mandatory reservation


Caleidoscopio @ Casa del Cinema

effetto notte Villa Borghese

Under the towering pines of Villa Borghese, Casa del Cinema will host its outdoor film festival Caleidoscopio at Teatro Ettore Scola, divided into themes. Three months of free open-air evenings dedicated to the stars of Italian and international cinema in the evocative setting of Villa Borghese, and in particular to the great actor and director Nino Manfredi: 8 evenings will be dedicated to him in honor of his centenary. Cinema will be told once again from June 21 to September 19, with the usual formula of a themed screening each day of the week. Some of the protagonists this summer will be the Middle Ages as reimagined by great Italian directors, German post-expressionist cinema, and also the best Italian comedies. But that’s not it, you’ll get to immerse yourself in the dazzling reality of the Italian documentary inserted in the Cinema in Luce program that brings together talented authors and the extraordinary archive images of the Istituto Luce. Additionally, the CSC Social Club will contribute with their favorite movies. There will be several nights dedicated to music with concerts, homages to composers, and documentaries about opera and ballet. As usual, Caleidoscopio will host a series of special events focusing on international movies including the Romafrica Film Festival, Lithuania Film Days, Irish Film Festival and Slovenian Films. Reservations can be made up to 90 minutes before the event.

From June 21 to September 19, 2021

Largo Marcello Mastroianni,1 (Villa Borghese)

Films shown nightly, from 9pm onwards

Free entry


Floating Theatre

floating theatres

From June 24th till September 9th get ready for a completely new format in one of the most cinematic neighborhoods of Rome: Tim Vision Floating Theatre – an actual open-air cinema that floats on EUR’s famous laghetto! The festival will light up the Roman summer with a rich programming of guests, previews, thematic days, screenings of great classics and debuts, films of any genre from all over the world with Italian subtites. 

from June 24th to September 9th

  Parco Centrale del Lago – Laghetto dell’EUR – Entrance on Viale Africa

Daily 9pm

€6 + €1,5 (booking fee)


Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria

sotto le stelle austria rome 2021

The ninth edition of “Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria” dedicated to the best of contemporary Austrian cinema, awaits you in the beautiful garden of the Austrian cultural institute from June 23th to July 7th. This year’s program pays particular attention to the work of female directors. Reservations mandatory via email.

The Program:

  • Wednesday June 23, 8.30pm
    by Evi Romen, with Thomas Prenn, Noah Saavedra, Josef Mohamed
  • Thursday June 24, 9pm
    by Johanna Moder, with Julia Jentsch, Manuel Rubey, Josef Hader
  • Wednesday June 30, 9pm
    by Arash T. Riahi, with Leopold Pallua, Rosa Zant, Ines Miro
  • Thursday July 1, 9pm
    by Tatia Skhirtladze e Anna Khazaradze
  • Tuesday July 6, 9pm
    by Peter Payer with Philipp Hochmair, Julia Roy, Larissa Fuchs
  • Wednessday July 7, 9pm
    by Iva Švarcová, Malte Ludin

June 23 – July 7 2021

Forum Austriaco di Cultura – Via B. Buozzi 113

8.30, 9pm

Free entry, mandatory reservation via email prenotazione.forumaustriaco@gmail.com


Cinecittà Film Festival

cinecitta film festival

The Cinecittà Film Festival returns for its eight edition, boasting everything from documentaries, to animated features, to submissions from rising filmmakers. Inspired by Cinecittà studios, the festival aims to show films that often have a social or political relevance, stimulating debate and discussion among viewers.

July 15-18 2021

Via Lemonia


free entrance

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Arene di Roma

arene di roma

Many locations throughout Rome:


Till August 1, 2021

Largo Ascianghi, 1


Entry Fee €5 – 7




 Via Tiburtina, 521


Entry Fee €5 – 7



Till September 2021

Via Guido Reni, 2


Entry fee €3 – 4



Till 12 September 2021

Piazza Benedetto Brin


Entry fee €5 – 6


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  • Hi guys – last night we bought tickets for the Floating Theatre, partly on the strength of the text on this site which reads “The festival will light up the Roman summer with a rich programming of guests, previews, thematic days, screenings of great classics and debuts, films of any genre from all over the world with Italian subtites.” Upon our arrival the movie was dubbed – no subtitles were available. We ended up leaving. Can I recommend you update the page please? Lots of effort for a family to travel out to EUR for no reward. Thanks. Ilse.

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