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5 Great Summer Events in Rome, Italy

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Of the many things we know about Italy we also know that it is certainly not a wintry place. That goes for the warm people and friendly culture but also for the weather itself: the country isn’t used to and isn’t prepared for the cold (aside from the fact that it never is very cold at all.) So Italy thrives in summer, and Rome is full of events and festivals that take full advantage of the most pleasant and privileged season. Here are 5 summer festivals in Rome that shouldn’t be missed:

1. Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival

The Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival has been a Roman institution for more than a decade, located in the gardens and the shade of the 16th century villa designed in harmony with nature by a student of Michelangelo, Giacomo del Duca. Today artists of national and international fame take the stage, including Enrico Rava, Javier Girotto and Roberto Gatto, including the conservatories of Santa Cecilia and Luigi Cherubini. The festival runs until September 20th, and tickets cost approximately 10€. (Via della Navicella, Metro: Colosseo)

2. Roma Incontra Il Mondo Festival, Villa Ada

Villa Ada is one of the most beautiful and largest public parks in Rome, and since 1994 has housed a world music festival called Roma Incontra il Mondo, running from the 16th of June to the 8th of August. A truly varied range of artists play here, from pop to rock to classical to reggae to world music, effectively: this year a few notable names are Nouvelle Vague, Ludovico Einaudi, Avion Travel, and Patti Smith. Tickets vary between 8 and 13€. (Laghetto di Villa Ada, Metro: Campi Sportivi)

3. Isola del Cinema

One of my favorite events is the Isola del Cinema festival held on the Isola Tiberina right in the center of Rome, wedged in the river Tiber. Every year one has the pleasure of watching films in the open air on the island. The festival runs from the 18th of June to the 30th of September and screens both national and international cinema. The program includes a 21:30 and 23:30 screening for perfect “dinner and a movie” dates. The upcoming week provides a taste of the event: Milk, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, La Dolce Vita, Let the Right One In. Tickets are 5€ for the first screening ( if you are part of the Isola del Cinema Facebook group, working for ATAC or have a Metrebus card) and 3€ for the second screening.

4. Teatro dell’Opera di Roma at the Terme di Caracalla

Every year the Teatro dell’Opera moves its productions to the atmospheric Caracalla baths, and is certainly not to be missed even just in light of this. This month and in August the program includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with the corps de ballet and the orchestra of the Opera house, Tosca and Carmen. While the Teatro dell’Opera is not nearly at the same level as La Scala of Milan, for instance, the location makes the night. Tickets and seating arrangements can be found on the website: .

5. Lungo Er Tevere

For a more informal, relaxed and truly enjoyable evening with friends head down to the Lungotevere degli Anguillara and head down the stairs onto the river bank. Every year the city of Rome organizes this event on the shores of the Tiber from the Ponte Sisto to Ponte Mazzini, over 1 km of shops, stands, bars, restaurants, and clubs. For more information check out the website: These events are certainly not the only ones – be sure to check the official website of the Estate Romana,

Photo of Mike Stern band playing at Villa Celimontana, Rome, Italy by Padesig

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Venere Travel Blog writer claire ackerman

Claire is a New Yorker who moved to Rome in her teens. She recently graduated from University College London with a BA in European Social and Political Studies and is putting off leading a serious life for as long as possible, but plans at some point to become a journalist. In her free time she enjoys travelling, good food, a good read, and especially good music.

4 responses to “5 Great Summer Events in Rome, Italy”

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  1. Mike Coyle says:
    July 10th, 2009 at 15:13

    Nice article Claire. Sounds wonderful. Must visit Rome soon. Not been for over 10 years.
    There are many events in other Italian cities over the summer. I recently wrote an article about Turin which is one of Italy’s hidden jewels. It was the first capital after unification in 1961. It has many events which are international.

  2. Marion says:
    July 10th, 2009 at 16:07

    Hi Claire, I really like the atmosphere of the Villa Ada Music Festival in Rome. And Mike, you’re so right. There are plenty of great summer events and festivals in Turin, including the ongoing Traffic Festival which is a free music festival hosting both Italian and international artists (Underworld, Nick Cave, Primal Scream are some of the international bands that are playing this year).

  3. says:
    July 14th, 2009 at 01:41

    One of my favorite summer festivals is the Sorrento Summer of Music, which is held at the monastery of Saint Francis in Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast.

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