September In Rome: Still Summer And Plenty Of Events To Come Here For!
In Rome it’s not like in North America or Northern Europe: September is a full summer month! School starts in the middle of the month and most Romans are back from their vacations, but the atmosphere is still extremely relaxed, the weather is hot, the days are long and people are still on their holiday hangover. We are known for our slow transition in starting our academic and work terms that it’s easy to forget Fall is just around the corner and that the summer is already behind us!
However, the Eternal city features a lot of interesting events even during the month of September which is not by coincidence since this month is one of Rome’s peak season.
If music is your passion, the concert by Radiohead on September 22 should be a must. On the 17th Norah Jones will perform at the Auditorium. If you prefer jazz to rock-pop, the European Jazz Contest on September 7th should be a good event to attend. If you want to combine good music with dance the Buenos Aires Tango happening, the biggest Tango Festival in Europe, will take place from September 12th to the 21st.
A completely different experience, an immersion into ancient Roman culture and entertainment, will start on September 9 for ten days. Ludi Romani, in the Appia Antica park, will feature re-enactments of historical ceremonies, real life activities and military training.
Since it’s still summer in Rome, a lot of night activities run in September. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Villa d’Este in Tivoli, will be open on Friday and Saturday nights through September 15 from 8:30pm to midnight. You can visit the Colosseum on Thursday and Saturday nights during the whole month with guided tours in English and Italian. Castle S. Angelo is actually open every night (closed on Mondays) until 1am through September 9. From September 7 you can have a lunar view of the Vatican Museums on Fridays from 7pm to 11pm. On September 1 you can have a night visit of Ara Pacis and the Russian Avantgarde exhibit from 8pm to midnight.
If you fancy night time shopping, on September 1 and 2 you can stroll along the Tiber banks for the Lungo il Tevere event.
The first two days of the month will feature the Jewish Culture European Days and maybe you don’t know that Rome hosts the most ancient European community of Jews, who have been here for about 20 centuries…
One of the key September events is at the very end of the month: the European Heritage Days on September 29-30. With free museums and monuments all over Rome!
The last days of the month also mark the start of two very noteworthy exhibitions. The first one is…drumroll please…Vermeer and the Dutch Golden age of Painting, at Scuderie del Quirinale from the 27th (hurry! since more than 50,000 tickets have already been sold!). The other is a photography event with Robert Doisneau’s pictures of Paris in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni from the 29th.
Foodies will enjoy the Taste of Roma event with 12 of the best chefs working in Rome presenting their dishes to the public from September 20 to the 23rd.
Before indulging your tummies, you can choose to tone up with a range of outdoor work-outs through September 7 at MondoFitness.
Finally something for kids. Rome’s Zoo will hold two night visits (starts between 8pm and 9:15 pm) with torches which do not bother animals on September 15 and 22.
So don’t pout just yet because Summer isn’t over folks, at least, that’s what it feels like in Rome.