As summer’s sweaty grip on the city abates, September is a great month for visiting Rome. Not least because of a packed social calendar of events that includes a gourmet food fest, performance art, dazzling exhibitions, and a wacky boat race.
RomaEuropa Festival – from Tuesday 17
Now in its 34th edition, Romaeuropa is an almost three-month-long festival that takes place in venues across the city. The Wall Street Journal hailed it as one of Europe’s most important performance art festivals and it continues to attract international acts to its stages. As well as theater, dance, and classical and contemporary music performances, there are also opportunities for families to get involved, such as at the Zonzo Compagnie installation, a maze of sound and noise for little ones to interact with. Find out more on roameuropa.net
Bulgari: The History, the Dream – all month
A selection of Bulgari’s most prestigious jewels is on display all month at two museum sites in Rome. The first part of the exhibition, hosted by Palazzo Venezia, features never-before-seen documents, photographs, and films that shine new light on the Maison’s 100+ year history. Meanwhile, at Castel Sant’Angelo, visitors can clap eyes on some of the brand’s most famous jewelry, including pieces worn by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman, Sophia Loren, and Audrey Hepburn.
Museo Nazionale di Castel S. Angelo – Lungotevere Castello, 50 ; Museo Nazionale del Palazzo Venezia – Piazza Venezia, 3
Taste of Roma – Thursday 19 to Sunday 22
Foodies rejoice! Rome’s already tantalizing food scene gets a boost in September thanks to the Taste of Roma festival, held at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. Now in its eighth year, Taste of Roma assembles the city’s top chefs all under one roof, or rather, in the auditorium’s verdant Hanging Gardens where guests can sample Michelin-quality food in an informal, convivial setting. This year, 14 top restaurants are taking part, creating 56 gourmet dishes priced at just €6–10 a plate. Find out more on tasteofroma.it
Re Boat Race – from Friday 20 to Sunday 22
The EUR lake plays host to the Re Boat Race—the first and only regata riciclata, or recycled regatta, in Italy. Homemade vessels, assembled by amateurs from reclaimed, reused, and recycled materials, will battle it out on the water to win trophies for best boat, most original personalization, and best zero-impact design. This year’s event marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci so the contraptions look set to be the most creative yet. regatariciclata.it
Calder/Kentridge – from Tuesday 10 to Sunday 15
Alexander Calder’s Work in Progress returns to Teatro dell’Opera, 50 years after it originally debuted. The theatrical production features moving sculptures that depict flora, fauna, human figures, and other shapes set against a backdrop of evocative electronic music. Waiting for the Sibyl, designed and directed by South African artist William Kentridge, follows in response to Calder’s groundbreaking work. Composer Kyle Shepard and the unique choral arrangements of Nhlanhla Mahlangu provide the soundtrack to the 35-minute companion piece. operaroma.it
Jose’ Gonzalez – Monday 30
Swedish-Argentinian singer songwriter José González brings his brand of thoughtful indie-folk to Auditorium Parco della Musica. Also a member of the band Junip, González released his first solo album, Veneer, in 2005 and later won a European Border Breakers Award in recognition of his success in reaching worldwide audiences. His latest tour retraces his career across three solo albums and also features Junip songs, meaning die-hard fans are well catered to. auditorium.com