2014 has a late Carnival Season, and unfortunately will not feature any official city-wide celebrations this year [updated post to follow soon]. But you can always try the typical Roman Carnival sweets.
Another key appointment of the month is Valentine’s Day which in a romantic city like Rome is really worth a try.
The third major happening in February is the Six Nations Rugby tournament. After a good match with 2013 Champion Wales, Italy could win its home game with Scotland on February 22.
The other big sport event is the soccer derby which will see this year a very good AS Roma play vs a quite disappointing Lazio on the 9th at 3pm.
Sea and boat lovers shouldn’t miss the Big Blu fair and its annexes about water sports. On February 12-16 with free admission on the first day, Wednesday.
February features an interesting music calendar.
The Roma Opera Theatre presents Rossini‘s Petite Messe Solennelle on the 5th, Ravel on February 4 and 6 and Puccini‘s Manon Lescaut, directed by Riccardo Muti with the international star Netrebko for the first time in Rome, from February 27.
The French Arts Academy of Rome, Villa Medici, hosts Controtempo, a contemporary music festival, through February 15.
The last day of the month will feature the British sound of the Babyshambles at the Atlantico Live.
Three English-language theatre productions will be on stage this month.
Tomorrow, the Brancaccino Theatre will host Dracula. One-night show at 9:30pm.
From February 4 “Dancing at Lughnasa” by the Rome Savoyards. Teatro San Genesio, near Viale Mazzini.
The English Theatre of Rome presents Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen from February 16.
Kids will enjoy the Supermagic Festival, another fixed feature of the Roman February. Through February 9.
February is also traditionally a dance month here in Rome with the Equilibrio Festival of New Dance that this year will run through February 23. the 2014 edition will also be accompanied by a free photo exhibition about out-of-stage dance through February 28.
These are the other major exhibitions beginning this month.
The first we like to highlight is a very unusual one. It is about television, and in particular about the Italian state television and radio corporation RAI. Free of charge.
Chiostro del Bramante presents 19th century English painting in its cloister from February 16: Tadema, Burne-Jones and many more.
The marble works of the French sculptor Rodin will be on display at the Terme Di Diocleziano from February 18.
Another big Impressionism exhibition, after the one at Ara Pacis with works from the Washington Art Gallery, is “Masterpieces. Musée d’Orsay,” at Vittoriano, from February 22.