Rome is, simultaneously with Milan, one of the cities where most cultural experiences such as events, exhibitions, concerts and shows take place in Italy. While several of these festivals in Rome have religious bases, some have been promoted by the municipal government in Rome as a way of boosting tourism and are exclusively secular and cultural in their nature.
Have present the fact that if you wish to plan a tour to Rome in a period when one of these events is taking place, you should reserve a hotel in Rome well in advance.
Some principal events of Rome:
- Roma Europa Festival, September- October
This has been an annual appointment since 1986 for modern art and theatre, music and dance, with artists from all over Europe appearing.
- Festival Romics, October
The Comics and Cartoon Festival: exhibitions, cartoon film showings and meeting with the most popular designers and publishing companies.
- Roma Jazz Festival, October
This annual festival entirely dedicated to jazz music was organized for the first time in 1876. Italian and international artists all appear in concert.
- Sana a Roma, April
This Mediterranean Trade Fair for Natural Products has been organized for a few years now at the Rome Trade Fair District. Exhibitions of bio-products, conferences and tasting.
- Estate Romana, from June to September
This comprehends all types of events, from music to theater, literary meetings and cinema. Events that take place in the most characteristic places in Rome that attract the participation of thousands of artists from all over the world.
- Donna Sotto le Stelle, July
The fantastic annual Roman appointment, where the high fashion is exhibited. Creations by the most famous fashion designers are modeled on a catwalk in a truly magnificent setting: on the Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna.
Several international musical events are offered in the new Rome Auditorium, a kind of City of Music that is situated near the Olympic Village in the Flaminio area of the city. The Auditorium, that was designed by the distinguished architect Renzo Piano, comprises three large halls that hold a total of 5000 people, set amidst a park where a fantastic amphitheater has been built, together with some recording rooms.
Rome National Public Holidays
- 1st January - New Year's Day
- 6th January - Epiphany
- Early April - Easter Monday
- 25th April - Liberation Day
- 1st May - Labour Day
- 29th June - Local Feast Day
- 15th August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- 1st November - All Saints
- 8th December - Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- 24th December - Christmas Eve
- 25th December - Christmas Day
- 26th December - Boxing Day / St. Stephen's Day