With Carnival behind us and Easter falling in April, March 2015 in Rome is marked by the start of the second batch of the big art exhibitions (the first one is in October-November) and a lot of outdoor activities thanks to the arrival of the Spring season and longer daylight hours.
ARTS & CULTURE
One of Italy’s painting masters of the last century, Giorgio Morandi, is on display at Vittoriano. The Bologna-born artist is very famous for his still lives, in particular his metaphysical bottles and volumes. On show also landscapes and sculptures on loan from Italian and International museums and private galleries.
French art with Matisse Arabesque at the Scuderie del Quirinale from March 5. The exhibition sets out to explore the intense appeal that the Near East held for Matisse. 100 works from some of the most prestigious museums in Europe and America.
The third major art exhibition starting in March in Rome is Love and Life by the Russian Jew Chagall at Chiostro del Bramante from March 16. All the works on show come from the Israel Museum of Jerusalem and relate to the love of his life, the wife Bella Rosenfeld.
One of our favorite event in March are the FAI Free Spring Days with extraordinary and free openings of landmarks usually closed to the public. This year they will unfold on March 21 and 22.
The Ara Pacis exhibition space hosts an exhibition about EUR, the biggest and most interesting urban experiment of Modern Rome. From March 12.
Rome’s Auditorium hosts the Eternal city’s Book Festival from the 12th.
Last but not least, an exhibition in a commercial gallery, probably Rome’s most renown: Gagosian. Pictures by Richard Avedon on show. “Beyond beauty” mostly features fashion and female portraits photos. Free admission.
SPORT & OUTDOOR
The Six Nations Rugby Tournament features 2 matches in March. On the 15th France comes to Rome, while on the 21th it will be Wales’ turn. Tough games for Italy….
Rome hosts Italy’s most important marathon on the 22nd. The 21st edition of the 42km race has the Iaaf Road Race Gold Label certification.
The EUR’s lake gardens host the Hanami, the Japanese Cherry Blossoms from March 18.
Motodays, the scooter and motorbike fair, takes place in Rome’s Fair on March 5-8. Latest models and trends on display (and sale).
Spirit of Scotland, Rome’s Whisky Festival kicks off on March 7. The single malt three-day event takes place in EUR.
The New York City Ballet Stars will be on stage on March 8 with their show.
The US folk singer Joan Baez performs in the Rome Music Auditorium on March 10.
St. Patrick’s, on March 17, features live concerts of Irish music and special Guinness nights in most of the Irish and British pubs in town. No details yet, updates to follow soon.
For the International Women’s Day, on March 7 you can get a free night (only if you book and pay at least the previous or the following night) at the more than 50 Rome’s bed and breakfasts which joined the B&B day.