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

Rome’s outdoor Cinemas


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. Read on for our top picks of outdoor flicks in the city.


L’Isola di Roma

L'Isola del CinemaTill September 2nd

Piazza S. Bartolomeo all’Isola, 21 (Isola Tiberina)

Films shown nightly.  Arena Groupama 9pm; Cinelab 7pm; Spazio Young 10pm

                                                                             Entry fee: €5-7


Unlike previous editions, this year’s Isola del Cinema’s annual film festival will not only have cinema as its main protagonist, but it will also introduce a new dialogue among literature, music and photography in a new and exciting project entitled L’Isola di Roma. As usual, L’Isola del Cinema will project a list of movies under a creative bunch of categories and in unique venues on Rome’s beautiful Tiber Island. Fuoco sul Reale will honor the art of documentary film; Concorso Mamma Roma will specialize in films featuring the neighborhoods of Rome and encourages film enthusiasts to pay tribute to the Eternal City; Isola Mondo will show foreign films focusing specifically on Japan, India, Australia and Israel; International Cinema covers the best international films of the last season in original language; and Italian Cinema, which features works by new and veteran Italian filmmakers. New in this edition is the collaboration with Doppio Ristretto, which will host 20 events that aim to recount the connections between music and literature, politics and society and theater and poetry. During July and August, music will be the protagonist with L’Isola di Roma Jazz & Blues which will bring international artists that will range from Blues and Jazz to new Jazz crossover trends. L’Isola di Roma will also pay tribute to the great Italian actress Mariangela Melato with a special event, the exhibition “Magnifica Mariangela” which collects photos taken by Tommaso Le Pera. Spazio Young is the new section dedicated to film buffs and will projects classic films with English subtitles. Check out their website for more info.


Casa del Cinema

effetto notte Villa BorgheseTill September 5th

Largo Marcello Mastroianni,1 (Villa Borghese)

                    Films shown nightly, from 7.30pm onwards

                                                                                      Free entry


Under the towering pines of Villa Borghese, Casa del Cinema will host its outdoor film festival Caleidoscopio, divided into themes. Apart from the tribute to Franca Valeri,  there will be Anna Magnani, un’attrice popolare, a voyage through her grandest interpretations reaching her Oscar for The Rose Tattoo; L’amore non va in vacanza a selection of films to entertain; Il Cinema è Donna. Le storie di Francesca Archibugi which celebrates Francesca Archibugi 30 years after her debut of Mignon has come to stay; Vent’anni dopo. Storie, stili, rivoluzioni nel cinema di Cattleya features 17 (+1) movies that take you back the rules that changed the way cinema and television were told, and taking you to the progressive transformation that Netflix and Rai Cinema have paved; Il Polo della paura. Noir&Bianco in Scandinavia is an international lineup of films from the famous Nordic Film Festival and W Claudio! Omaggio a Claudio Abbado, shows us films of the historical records of the experiments of the great Master.


Live Cinema @Ex Dogana

Live Cinema at Ex Dogana

Till July 13th

Ex Dogana – Via dello Scalo San Lorenzo, 4

Films shown nightly, 7 & 9.30pm

                                                                                    Free entry


A new space at Ex Dogana where you can sit back, relax and enjoy some great cinema. Make the most of the sofas and armchairs and chill with drinks, snacks and the best of contemporary cinema with special guests, workshops and aperitivi.

Cinema in Piazza

Outdoor Movie Theater in Rome: Il Cinema in Piazza ReturnsTill September 8


J.F. Kennedy High School in Trastevere (from July 1st Piazza San Cosimato); il Porto Turistico di Roma Marina in Ostia;  Casale della Cervelletta in Tor Sapienza

Films shown nightly at 9:15pm

                                                                                    Free entry


From June 1 – September 8, 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 4th year. This year, it is in three new locations: J.F. Kennedy high school in Trastevere (from 1th July Piazza San Cosimato), il Porto Turistico di Roma Marina in Ostia and Casale della Cervelletta in Tor Sapienza. There are 201 movie nights, running from June 1 until September 8, and more than 190 films being shown between the three locations on 12×8-meter large screens. All films will be shown in the original language, with Italian subtitles. Movies by Italian directors and filmmakers such as Federico Fellini and Matteo Garrone will be mixed in with those by Tim Burton and Quentin Tarantino. Disney and Pixar movies will also be shown for a more family-friendly atmosphere on certain nights. 

Cinema Giardino

Ciname GiardinoFrom June 20th – August 1st

Parterre – Farnesina Social Garden

Viale Antonino di San Giuliano, corner with Via Mario Toscano

Films show every Wednesday at 9pm


Fabrique du Cinéma makes a comeback with its movie screenings in the beautiful setting of Parterre – Farnesina Social Garden. Every Wednesday, take refuge in Ponte Milvio’s  green gardens of Parterre, relax and enjoy the good season with an Italian movie. With the summer season back in Rome, you can’t not take part in the fascinating ritual of watching movies in open air. And Cinema Giardino offers just that, a new location to enjoy the best of Italian cinema under the stars. Enjoy cinematography in total relax with author films, great successes, meetings with directors, critics and actors.

Cinecittà Film Festival

Cinecittà film festival

July 12th-15th

Parco degli Acquedotti

Via Lemonia


The Cinecittà Film Festival returns for its fift edition, boasting everything from documentaries, to animated features, to submissions from rising filmmakers. Inspired by Cinecittà studios, (where productions such as Gangs of New York and Ben-Hur were filmed) the festival aims to show films that often have a social or political relevance, stimulating debate and discussion among viewers. There’s also a space with round tables divided by theme, open for participants interested in further discussing the films. Directors Dario Argento and Ascanio Celestini, and more have lent their support to the festival.

Arene di Roma

arene di roma

Many locations throughout Rome





Piazza Remuria 8


Entry Fee 6 euro


Parco del Turismo – Viale Val Fiorita 10


Free entrance


Piazza Benedetto Brin


Entry Fee 6 euro


Piazzetta Rossa – Largo Nicolo Cannella

Free entrance


Via Santa Maria alle Fornaci, 1


Entry Fee 5 euro


Via Tommaso Fortifiocca, 71/via Appia Nuova, 520


Entry Fee 5 euro

Check the programme


Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II


Entry Fee 5 euro

Check the programme


Viale delle Milizie 30


Entry Fee 5 euro

Check the programme


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