Summer 2013: Despite the Heat, Rome Offers Many Events in July!

Summer 2013: Despite the Heat, Rome Offers Many Events in July!

castle s.angelo by nightThe summer has definitively started and the rising temperature are clear evidence of that. But very few people seem to have left Rome. Business as usual, and entertainment as usual in the Eternal City in July!

Here’s our selection of some of the most interesting events in Rome and surroundings.


Extraordinary openings

Two of the top landmarks in the Rome area open at night starting from July. Castle S. Angelo also offers complimentary concerts, guided tours in English at 10:30 pm and the opening of the secret passage that connected the Vatican with the Castle. From 8:30 pm to 1 am Tuesday to Sunday. Monday closed.

The Unesco World Heritage Site of Villa d’Este in Tivoli, near Rome, wil be open at night on Friday and Saturday evenings. From 8:30pm to midnight.

The Dutch Culture institute, Knir, will open up its doors for an Open Day on July 12 with Garden Party.



July marks the start of the summer sales. In Rome and in most of Italy they begin on July 6 and last at least until Ferragosto (August 15). Some useful tips here.



Professional sport stops for the summer recess. Only some sea sports have their peak during the summer. It’s the case of surf with the Italia Surf Expo happening in Santa Severa on July 26-28, starring Garret McNamara.



Besides our post on the live concerts and the Caracalla Baths shows there are a few more things that we should add.

A free lyrical music concert will take place on July 13 and 14 starring international artists at the Methodist Church of Via XX Settembre.

You can enjoy another free show, an opera performance, with music by GB Pergolesi on July 20 and 21.

Rome’s main Opera Theatre will feature Nabucodonosor from July 16 to the 23rd.



The Caracalla baths season has a rich program in mid-July. Read our post here.

Furthermore, the Invito alla Danza happening features even more ballets. On July 15 the Peridance Company will present its New York Today show on the contemporary dance scene. National premiere. On July 19 the Parsons Dance company will propose some of their best performances. Another Italian premiere is Moralejas on the 30th. A flamenco ballet by the Josè Porcel crew.

Last but not least on July 31st Romeo and Juliet at the Roman reproduction of the Globe Theatre in Villa Borghese.



Rome’s top contemporary art museum MAXXI hosts a collective photo exhibition about the Mediterranean Sea and the common identity of the countries that share its waters. The Sea is My Land.

Rome’s best photography museum, Museo di Roma in Trastevere, features the Austrian photographer Horst Stein and his works about control and space. From July 12.

The Polish Culture Institute presents a free photo exhibition about the recent past of Poles.

If you want to know more about the fascinating city where Pope Francesco was born, a photo showing about Buenos Aires has just started in Palazzo Venezia.

If you’re in love with the Galleria Borghese museum, you shouldn’t miss Candida Hofer’s photos that reproduce the original collection and lay out before many artworks were sold to France.