Events in Rome are a daily occurrence with a wide variety of festivities to choose including religious, music, film, seasonal, traditional and much more.
Check out our list for just a few that might be of interest to you while visiting Rome.
In JANUARY start off the year on New Year's Day by bringing the children to Piazza del Popolo for an annual block party where a variety of activities can be found to start out the New year with a smile. clowns and characters on stilts, papier-mâché masks, fire-eaters, super heroes and more!
Another event in January is the Blessing Of The Animals in Piazza Vittorio. An annual event in Rome, and throughout Italy. Dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, you name it, they'll all be there to receive their blessing.
In FEBRUARY check out the foremost cinema graphic event, Rome's Independent Film Festival at the Ripa Hotel, Cinema Pasquino, and the Cinema Roma. The festival showcases more than 40 artists from over 20 countries. Have a seat!
In MARCH the annual Eurochocolate festival takes place on the stairs of the Trinità dei Monti staircase with an exhibition of a cascade of 3,000 chocolate eggs and stands galore exhibiting lip-smacking chocolate products.
The Rome Marathon also is also an important March event where runners race around scenic Rome and different activities, from concerts to cultural events, line the streets throughout.
Participate in Rome's Good Friday Procession at Easter. This religious event and Catholic tradition invites all to participate in the Via Crucis (Station of the Cross) procession starting at the Colosseum and finishing at Mount Palatino. The procession is a re-enactment of the 14 stations of the cross from the death of Jesus and the route which carried him to the placement of His body in the tomb.
APRIL celebrates the Painters in Via Margutta when every year 100 artists are selected from a number of applicants, to display and sell their creations along Via Margutta, an area long known for its resident painters.
In MAY the Rome Tennis Masters Series is held at the Foro Italico tennis park for the where over 100 players from all over the world compete for prestigious prizes.
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is a fund-raising mini-marathon in Rome which takes place every May. Its aim is to raise awareness of breast cancer and profits go to cancer research in this field. The race starts and finishes at the Stadio delle Caracalla Thermal Baths where participants walk/jog/run among some of the monuments of this ancient and beautiful city. This moving event offers an optional two-kilometre scenic walk through Rome for the less athletically inclined who wish to participate nonetheless. Sign up now!
In JUNE Rome celebrates Foto-Graphia. This events displays works of contemporary photography throughout the city. Have a look!
In JULY the Fashion Show at Trinità dei Monti is presented on the stairway of Trinità dei Monti near the Spanish Steps, where a preview of the latest and upcoming fall fashions worn by international top models is sure to leave you breathless.
The annual book festival Castel Sant'Angelo Book Fair, is held in Castel Sant Angelo gardens during the entire month of July. With the presence of well-known Italian publishers, writers, and specialty bookshops, this event is becoming more popular every year. Story telling for children, workshops, games, concerts, and more!
One of the oldest and most traditional celebrations in Rome, the Festa de' Noantri happens every July in the Roman quarters Trastevere, taking place in the second part of the month on the first Saturday following the Festa of the Madonna del Carmelo. A block party where stands appear on every corner selling everything from food to antiques.
Summer is great fun especially when participating at the Nights of Cinema in Piazza Vittorio. During the entire month of JUNE through AUGUST, two films a night are shown. After the viewing, visit the many stands for a refreshment and a selection of a variety of Italian and Middle Eastern delicacies.
From late June through August visit the Testaccio area of Rome for the Gay Village where find pop concerts, discos, comedy, theater, dining and more can all be found in an area designed to re-create a village with the aim of tolerance among different groups. Whether you're gay, straight, young or old, come and visit just for fun!
Enjoy free admission to the International Urban Theatre Festival, an annual event in SEPTEMBER whose aim is to bring back some of the excitement of drama and theater lost in today's modern Rome. All performances take place outdoors and are shown in various parts of the city for a breath of real Roman atmosphere.
Stay up all night long on the Notte Bianca. An annual event held every September where various events including music, dance, and theater as well as shops and restaurants are open all night long.
Find an extravaganza of theater, music and dance events at the Roma Europa Festival held every September in various spots throughout the city.
The Great Autumn Antique Market, the largest antique fair in the region, takes place every year in OCTOBER. This annual market is held at the Autodrome di Vallelunga, approx. 18 kilometers from Rome where shoppers and antique lovers can find special period pieces and other Roman memorabilia.
In NOVEMBER the Painters in Via Margutta repeats itself with another 100 artists selected from a number of applicants, displaying and selling their creations along Via Margutta, an area long known for its resident painters.
Already DECEMBER? The Piazza Navona Christmas Market is the place to go for Christmas activities held in beautiful Piazza Navona where one can admire an authentic nativity setting and breathe the air of Christmas.
Break in the New Year in Piazza del Popolo with music concerts and a memorable display of fireworks on New Year's Eve. Happy New Year!
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