On the night of March 16 Rome will be the stage of the celebrations for Italy’s 150th anniversary. A White-Green-Red night with fireworks, concerts, special monument openings, light shows and folk songs all over the city centre, covered with Italian flags and historical emblems, until late into the night. And most downtown shops will also be open until late at night.
Nearly all the events are free.
From 7pm light shows will take place on the Colosseum, Hadrian’s Temple in Piazza di Pietra, on the Trajan’s Markets in Via IV Novembre, in Via dei Fori Imperiali and in Piazza Venezia.
At 7pm a dance show with Verdi, Rossini, Puccini and Donizetti music will start in the Teatro Piccolo Eliseo, Via Nazionale 183. Entrance fee: 2€.
The Mo’ Better Band Funky Street Band will perform at 8pm in piazza dei Cinquecento, in front of the Termini station, and at 11pm in piazza Vittorio gardens.
From 8pm until 12:30am the JuniOrchestra Advanced and the Studio Opera Artists will set up a show of music, lights and videos in Piazza del Campidoglio.
At 8pm Grande Polonaise, Polka, Valzer and other dances will be featured in the “Dance for Unity” event in Palazzo Barberini which also hosts the National Gallery of Ancient Art, exceptionally open until 2 am (Via delle Quattro Fontane 13).
At 8:30pm Piazza del Quirinale will host a show with Verdi’s Nabucco and Risorgimento songs, anthems and musics by 200 boys and girls of the JuniOrchestra Young and the Angelic Voices Choir.
At 8:30pm, 9:45pm and 12:30am Italian lyrical music and opera melodies will be played by three Italian women artists in Sala Santa Rita (Via Montanara 8).
At 8:30pm, 9:30pm and 10:30pm 19th century sacred music by Rossini, Verdi and Wagner will please the crowds at the Chiesa Nuova, in Piazza della Chiesa Nuova, along Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
Rome’s Opera Theatre, Teatro dell’Opera, will hold 3 concerts of music by Rossini, Verdi, Donizetti and many others at 8:30pm, 9:45pm and 11pm.
19th century Italian music will be the theme of the performance by the Xilion Orchestra in hall 10 of the Musei delle Terme (Via Enrico de Nicola 79).
At 9:15pm and 12:30am Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Donizetti and many other’s melodies will be played by a lyrical singer and a piano player in Museo di Roma in Trastevere, in Piazza S. Egidio.
At 9:20pm a monumental flag will be raised up in Piazza dei Cinquecento followed at 10 pm by a show of 19th century folk songs.
At 9:30pm, in piazza Vittorio gardens, and at 11:30pm in Piazza Sonnino, a mix of music, juggling and improvisation, will be perfomed by the Zastava Orkestar.
For those who prefer more up-to-date vibes a DiscoBus with DJ will entertain the younger crowds starting from 9:30pm in Piazza della Repubblica and from 11:30pm in Piazza San Silvestro.
Band lovers will be able to see many performances by all kind of Italian polices and Armed Forces from 7pm until midnight in the downtown squares (see page 8 of the program).
From 10:15pm until 12:30am entertainers on stilts will be along via dei Fori Imperiali.
At midnight Italian style fireworks in the Celio Park.
And finally the special openings of monuments, museums and exhibits and the free guided tours. There are too many to list them all here! Give a look to timetable and fees, when there is one, at pages 15-17 of the program