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What's On In Rome This September

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Updated: 15 November 2016
After the long summer break (which sees most Romans fleeing the city for the Ferragosto holiday), Rome comes alive again in September with a slew of events, concerts, festivals and art exhibitions. Check out the best events this month to make the most of your time in the city.



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ART | Soak in Street Art at a Banksy Exhibit

📅 Thursday, September 1st – Sunday, September 4th

This is your last chance to catch the “War, Capitalism & Liberty” Banksy exhibition at Palazzo Cipolla, right along Rome’s central Via del Corso. The exhibition, though not affiliated with the famous street artist, showcases 150 of his works on loan from private collections.

Tickets: €12

📍Palazzo Cipolla, Via del Corso 320


ART | Get Lost in Mucha’s Romance

📅 Thursday, September 1st – Sunday, September 11th

Be dazzled by Alphonse Mucha’s fantastical Liberty-style art during the final weeks of the Mucha retrospective at the Complesso del Vittoriano. More than 200 works of art are on display, many on loan from the Mucha Museum in Prague.

Tickets: €13

📍Complesso del Vittoriano, Via di San Pietro in Carcere (behind Piazza Venezia)


CINEMA | Watch Foreign Flicks at the Romania Film Festival

📅 Friday, September 2nd – Saturday, September 3rd

Catch original-language Romanian films at the Casa del Cinema inside Villa Borghese. The film festival will also feature speakers and hold debates encouraged to foster links between Italy and Romania. See the schedule for screenings online.

📍Casa del Cinema, Largo Marcello Mastroianni 1 (inside Villa Borghese Park)


CLUB | Dance the Night Away at Gay Village

📅 Saturday, September 3rd

Take in the atmosphere of Gay Village on closing night for a series of concerts, DJ sets on multiple stages and light shows. This huge entertainment complex in Rome’s EUR district is geared to the gay community but events are enjoyed by all Romans.

Tickets: €18 with one drink included

📍Parco del Ninfeo, Viale dell’Agricoltura


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ART | See the City Illuminated with RO_map

📅 Friday, September 9th – Sunday, September 11th

Enjoy this open-air exhibit that illuminates Rome’s night with LED lights in public spaces. Last year’s installation was held at Circo Massimo. The exact locations are still being defined so check the RO_map for news closer to the date.


📍Multiple spaces, TBD


SHOPPING | Shop with the Hipsters at MercatoMonti

📅 Saturday, September 10th – Sunday, September 11th

Spend an afternoon perusing vintage, design and artisanal wares at the MercatoMonti, where you’ll find everything from trinkets and second-hand purses to furniture and works of art.


📍MercatoMonti, Via Leonina 46


MUSIC | Dance in a Trance at the Rome Psych Fest “Warm-Up”

📅 Saturday, September 10th

Listen to psychedelic music in the gardens of Monk Club. This preview show brings international artists to the stage, including The Warlocks (US), Dead Rabbits (UK) and Sonars (IT), in anticipation of the Rome Psych Fest event held at the beginning of October.

Tickets: €5

📍Monk Club, Via Giuseppe Mirri 35


MUSIC | Listen to Italian Tunes at Villa Ada

📅 Sunday, September 11th

Stop by Villa Ada for the last summer show of the year: an entire day of live music by Italian musicians. The “Concerto Senza Impegno” will see artists such as Max Gazzè, Fabrizio Moro, and Daniele Silvestri play on the peninsula within Villa Ada’s lake, a truly evocative setting.

Tickets: €20

📍Laghetto di Villa Ada, Via Salaria 265


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EVENT | Make Digital Friends at Rome’s Social Media Week

📅 Monday, September 12th – Friday, September 16th

The theme of this year’s Social Media Week in Rome is “The Invisible Hand: Hidden Forces of Technology” held at the Casa del Cinema inside Villa Borghese. Sign up online to attend seminars that cover areas such as social wine, how to use snapchat, mobile gaming and more.


📍Casa del Cinema, Largo Marcello Mastroianni 1 (inside Villa Borghese Park)


FOOD | Whet Your Appetite at Taste of Roma

📅 Thursday, September 15th – Sunday, September 18th

The city’s annual “Taste of Roma” festival is a veritable paradise for foodies. It’s an amazing opportunity to sample dishes from renowned chefs of restaurants in Rome for under €10. There are also a series of cooking classes, live demonstrations and pavilions to check out.

Tickets from €12

📍Parco della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin 30


CONCERT | Relieve the 60s at Ostia Antica

📅 Saturday, September 17th

The Pink Floyd Legend tribute band graces the city of Ostia Antica to play classics from the 60s on an intimate stage. Ostia Antica, an ancient harbor city close to the capital, has a stone amphitheater where concerts are held in the summer months. Arrive by train from Station Pyramid.

Tickets from €28

📍Ostia Antica, Viale dei Romagnoli 717


DANCE | Get Down With Some Breakdancing

📅 Saturday, September 17th

Battle of the Year is the most important breakdance competition in the world. Stop by Teatro Golden for the Italian leg of the tournament which includes a free warm-up round on Saturday afternoon before the paying show in the evening. See the full schedule of activities on the Battle of the Year official site.

Tickets: €20

📍Teatro Golden, Via Taranto 36


Counterlight, © courtesy of Maya Zack, Shakespeare Theatre ©Flickr/hotzeplotz, Parco della Musica ©Flickr/moiconic, Still from Moonrise Kingdom, ©Flickr/WikiCommons.

Counterlight, © courtesy of Maya Zack, Shakespeare Theatre ©Flickr/hotzeplotz, Parco della Musica ©Flickr/moiconic, Still from Moonrise Kingdom, ©Flickr/WikiCommons

ART | Catch up With Contemporary Art

📅 Monday, September 19th

A new exhibition by artist-filmmaker Maya Zack opens at the Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch on Monday. Titled Counterlight, it focuses on the Romanian-born German Poet Paul Celan (previously on view at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art) and also includes some of the artist’s drawings.

📍Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Via di Pallacorda 15


THEATER | Swoon over Shakespeare’s Sonnets

📅 Monday, September 19th and 26th

The Silvano Toti Globe Theatre inside Villa Borghese is a replica of The Globe Theatre in London with stellar performances. “Shakespeare’s Love Sonnets” is an intimate show that sees four actors on stage reciting some of Shakespeare’s most evocative sonnets alongside musical pieces covering Marvin Gaye, Amy Winehouse, Leonard Cohen and Alanis Morissette.

Tickets from €11.50

📍Globe Theatre, Largo Aqua Felix (inside Villa Borghese park)


MUSIC | Get Jazzed for the Jammin’ Festival

📅 Tuesday, September 20th

Rome’s Parco della Musica hosts the 14th edition of the Jammin’ Festival, a musical event curated by the Saint Louis College of Music in Rome. Over 200 musicians will play a series of jazz, soul and pop during the festival. On Tuesday, Roman bands Monk-Key, San De Villa and Orlando will play on the stage.

Tickets: €10

📍Parco della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin 30


CINEMA | Watch a Wes Anderson flick outdoors

📅 Wednesday, September 21st

Catch a free screening of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom at the charming eatery La Maisonette Ristrot in the quintessentially Roman Garbatella neighborhood. With an open-air cinema set up on its large outdoor patio, the affair feels like a return to the good ol’ days of cinema. The film will be screened in Italian.


📍La Maisonette Ristrot, Via Giacinto Pullino 103


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ART | Feel the Romance in a Beautiful Cloister

📅 Thursday, September 29th – Sunday, February 26th

Contemporary art meets amore in a new exhibit entitled “LOVE” opening at Rome’s lovely Chiostro del Bramante at the end of September. It showcases different interpretations of love by esteemed contemporary artists including Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Indiana and Francesco Clemente.

Tickets: €13

📍Chiostro del Bramante, Via Arco della Pace 5


COMICS | Romics, Rome’s Comic Festival

📅 Thursday, September 29th – Sunday, October 2nd

The 20th edition of Romics, Rome’s Comic Book Festival, returns to Fiera di Roma, a convention center just south of the city. The international festival is dedicated to comic books, animation, games, entertainment and cross-media.

Tickets: €8

📍Fiera di Roma, Via Alexandre Gustave Eiffel 79


BALLET | Dress up at the Opera House

📅 Tuesday, September 27th

Pay a visit to the Teatro dell’Opera for a performance of Swan Lake. This timeless ballet is directed by Nir Kabaretti and stars Alessandra Amato, Rebecca Bianchi, Manuel Paruccini.

Tickets from €15

📍Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Piazza Beniamino Gigli 1


CONCERT | Yumi Zuoma

📅 Friday, September 30th

New Zealand dream pop band Yumi Zouma, beloved by popstars such as Lorde and Chet Faker, will play at Teatro Quirinetta, a historic cafe-theater from the 1920s near the Trevi Fountain.

Tickets: €8

📍Teatro Quirinetta, Via Marco Minghetti 5