Rome Italy Events – Reviews, Venues & Information
With 3,000 years of practice, Romans really knows how to celebrate! Concerts, wine festivals, religious festivals, and food festivals, Rome is definitely a festival sort of town. Many of the most popular events are centred around the arts — RomaEuropa, Rome Film Fest, and the International Festival of Sacred Music & Art held in the Vatican.
Here's our seasonal guide of the top things to do and see in the City of Celebration! No matter when you visit Rome, there will be something to catturera la vostra attenzione — to grab your attention. To find out what's on when you'll be in Rome, plus a round-up of the most popular activities, be sure to consult our updated monthly guides, using the following links —
Read Our Monthly Guides to Activities & Events in Rome
Springtime in Rome
March Events in Rome
- FESTA DELLA DONNA – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
In Rome and throughout Europe, Women's Day is a big event and a chance to treat the women in your life with special care & attention. Some say that this tradition was started in Rome.
• Wednesday, March 8, 2017
- HAIL, CAESAR! – COMMEMORATION OF CAESAR'S DEATH
Head to the Roman Forum for cultural events and to pay tribute to Julius Caesar.
• March 15
What's On in April
- PASQUETTA – EASTER IN ROME
As you can imagine Easter in Rome is a big deal. Basilicas and churches will be filled with Romans celebrating their most holy of holidays.
• Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday
• April 14, 16, & 17, 2017
- FESTA DELLA LIBERATIONE & FESTA DI SAN MARCO
April 25 marks Italian Liberation Day, the end of World War II & German-Fascist control. In kind of a mash-up with the Feast of San Marco, the day is filled with music, dancing, and concerts.
• Tuesday, April 25, 2017
- FESTIVAL RENDEZ-VOUS
It's Romans' chance to see French films screened at local theaters, like the Casa del Cinema and Cinema Fiamma Multisala.
- NATALE DI ROMA – ROME BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
This party started in 753 BCE! Expect parades, fireworks, good food and as an added bonus, all Rome city museums are free.
• April 21
Things to Do in Rome in May
- INTERNATIONAL WORKERS' DAY
An important Italian national holiday to celebrate International Workers' Day. Many museums & shops will be closed.
• May 1
- GIRO D'ITALIA
Italian cyclists' version of the Tour de France.
- INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW
Held every May at the Piazza di Siena, and the show itself is named after it.
Summer in Rome
June Events in Rome
- FESTA DELLA REPUBBLICA
Commemorates Italy becoming a Republic in 1946, post-Mussolini.
• June 2, 2017
- FESTA DI SAN GIOVANNI
The Feast of St John is a gourmet blow-out celebrated with snails in tomato sauce, suckling pig, and fireworks.
What's On in July
- TEVERE EXPO ROMA
An arts & crafts fair spilling all along the banks of the Tiber. It reminds us a bit of Paris Plage, but without the beach (plage) and with more entertainment!
- FESTIVAL DI CARACALLA
Here's an amazing chance to take in operas & ballets performed in the Roman Baths of Caracalla. Don't want to miss that!
• Early July to early August
Things to Do in Rome in August
- FERRAGOSTO – FESTA DELL'ASSUNTA
This marks the start of Italian summer holidays. If you've wondered what Rome would be like without the Romans, this is the time to visit. Many shops and restaurants are closed until September.
• August 15
- FESTIVAL MUSICALE DELLE NAZIONI
Those Romans who are out of town on vacation are going to miss this chance to hear the best pianists in Italy performing a repertoire of piano classics — Brahms, Bach, and Beethoven.
• August 23 to September 3, 2016
- FESTA DELLA MADONNA DELLA NEVE
The Feast of the Madonna of the Snow remembers the legend of summer snowfall that occurred on August 5, 352. Expect lots of fake snow!
• August 5
Autumn in Rome
September Events in Rome
- TASTE OF ROMA
Here's a chance to sample the best of Italian & Roman food! At Auditorium Parco Della Musica.
• September 15 to 18, 2016
An autumn-long celebration of film, dance & theatre.
• September 21 to December 3, 2016
- ESTATE ROMANA – ROMAN SUMMER FESTIVAL
One hundred days of fun, ending in September, in outdoor venues from parks to palazzos.
What's On in October
- SAGRA DELL'UVA – WINE FESTIVAL AT MARINO
The folks in nearby Marino know how to party! For a short, golden time, the fountain in the town square flows with wine instead of water.
• October 2, 2016
- FEAST OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
There are plenty of celebrations to honour the patron saint of animals and the environment.
• October 4, 2016
- ROME FILM FEST
It's a young festival, but quickly becoming one of the most important in Europe. The top award is a statue in the likeness of Marcus Aurelius.
• October 13 to 23, 2016
Things to Do in Rome in November
- FESTA DI TUTTI I SANTI
All Saints Day is a religious & public holiday to honour all of the Catholic saints.
• Tuesday, November 1, 2016
- ALL SOULS DAY
An important religious event to respect deceased family members.
• Wednesday, November 2, 2016
- TASTE OF EXCELLENCE
Top chefs and local producers join together to bring the best of Roman & international flavours to the public.
• November 25 to 27, 2016
- Festival of Sacred Music & Art
The 15th international festival with concerts in Rome and at the Vatican. This year the orchestra in residence is the Vienna Philharmonic.
• November 16 to 21, 2016
Winter in Rome
December Events in Rome
- NATALE A ROMA
If you can, you must spend a Christmas in Rome. The season officially kicks off December 8 with L'Immacolata and ends on January 6 with Epiphany.
• Sunday, December 25, 2016
- NATIVITY SCENES
Over 200 cribs and mangers from artists around the world are on display
• November 24 to January 2017
- CHRISTMAS PAPAL MASSES AT SAINT PETER'S BASILICA
Papal Masses are a part of the season's celebrations to Roman Christians. To get ahold of a ticket, you must write to the Prefecture of the Papal Household 2 to 6 months in advance.
• Prefecture of the Papal Household Website…
What's On in January
- BEFANA – EPIPHANY
The Feast of the Epiphany signals the end of the Christmas season. It features La Befana, a kind witch who, like Santa, delivers gifts & candies to children.
• Friday, January 6, 2017
- FESTA DI SAN ANTONIO ABATE
Music, parades & bonfires. The reason? To celebrate Saint Anthony the Great, the patron saint of butchers, domestic animals, basket weavers, and gravediggers. We know we fit into one of those categories!
• Tuesday, January 17, 2017
- FESTIVAL DELLA SCIENZA
The Rome Science Festival is a smart event to acknowledge the latest scientific research. Each year focuses on a different theme. Held at Auditorium Parco della Musica.
• Auditorium Website…
Things to Do in Rome in February
- Carnevale di Roma
Hey, Venice isn't the only city in Italy to celebrate Carnival! Expect costume parties and parades along Via Nazionale, Via Cola di Rienzo, and the Pincio.
• February 11 to 28, 2017
- FESTA DI SAN VALENTINO
Invented by Romans, Valentine's Day is celebrated with romantic dinners, gifts, and plenty of chocolate.
• February 14
Roman Public Holidays
- January 1 – New Year's Day, Capodanno
- January 6 – Epiphany, Befana
- April 16 – Easter Sunday
- April 17 – Easter Monday, Pasquetta
- April 25 – Liberation Day, Festa della Liberazione
- May 1 – Labour Day, Festa del Lavoro
- June 2 – Republic Day, Festa della Reppublica
- August 15 – Assumption, Ferragosto
- November 1 – All Saints Day, Ognissanti
- December 8 – Immaculate Conception, L'Immacolata
- December 25 – Christmas Day, Natale
- December 26 – Boxing Day, Santo Stefano
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