More than 30 years ago a creative Culture town councillor, Renato Nicolini, realised that a big portion of Romans was spending the summer holidays in Rome and thought of something that could make their stay in Italy’s capital more pleasant. He set up a set of events every night in several areas of the city so that everyone could join one of these happenings. It was Estate Romana (Roman Summer) and it was such a success that it is still going on today and has been copied by many Italian city governments. The 34th edition of Estate Romana was presented yesterday to the press, and as usual, it will bring Romans and tourists more than 3 months of entertainment, culture, shows and movies all over the town.
Until August 5, nineteen city museums will have special night openings every Saturday until 1 am (list here).
The major theatre happenings will be at the Villa Pamphilj Theatre, in Rome’s biggest park from June 23 and at the wooden Silvano Toti Globe Theatre in Villa Borghese from July 1 to September 18. Until September 11 the beautiful Gianicolo fountain area will host FontanonEstate and its shows.
Readings will be held in Piazza Campo de’ Fiori and the Pigneto area from July 6 to the 27th for Summer Tales, while in Piazza San Lorenzo they will start on July 1 and will go on until October 31.
Villa Pamphilj will also stage the most important dance shows of Estate Romana.
But the best part of the Estate Romana is definitely music!
For “Luglio suona Bene” the Auditorium will entertain you with artists of the calibre of Manhattan Transfers (June 28), Chicago (July 9), Cindy Lauper (July 11), Elton John (July 13), Lou Reed (July 25), Joe Cocker (July 27), Buena Vista Social Club (July 28) and Sting (July 30).
“Rock in Roma”, at the Capannelle venue will instead propose, just to mention some of our favorites, Ben Harper on July 19, Skunk Anansie with skin on July 20, Jamiroquai on the 22nd and Moby on July 24 to finish with Slash, Guns N’Roses former guitar player on the 29th.
“Roma Incontra il Mondo” at Villa Ada, Rome’s wildest city park, will host Suzanne Vega, fado artist Cesaria Evora, Goran Bregovic‘s balkan rock, and many others.
Jazz will also play a big part. The Casa del Jazz festival has a very interesting program of concerts: from Francesco Cafiso to Stewart Copeland, from Robben Ford to John Mc Laughlin. While the traditional appointment of Villa Celimontana Jazz will also host dance shows.
Classical music open sessions will be held at the Roman Philarmonic Academy from June 28 to July 10.
Last but not least, opera lovers will enojoy open air shows by Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera in the unique setting of the Caracalla Baths from July 2 to August 10, with Aida, Tosca, Swan Lake and many more.