A Feast for the Senses

by Danilo Brunetti

A once-a-year initiative brings art and music together in an extraordinary way. Tiffany Parks has the details.

For lovers of art and music, what could be better than a night of live world-class music performed in some of Rome’s most beloved and beautiful museums? We can only think of one thing: if it all cost one measly Euro. (Spoiler: it does!) If this sounds like your kind of heaven, circle Saturday 19 November in your calendar in red. That’s when Musei in Musica, one of Rome’s most eagerly anticipated initiatives, returns at last to the city for an entire night of sensory exploration. 

For the symbolic fee of just one Euro, visitors can wander through the galleries and temporary exhibits of Rome’s civic museums to their hearts’ content, feasting their eyes on art, while replenishing their souls via their ears with performances of classical and contemporary music. 

And the best part? You are not limited to one museum. You can spend the entire night hopping around town, hitting the top museums on your dream list, all while taking in top-notch music. We suggest you start at the Capitoline, which holds the distinction of being the oldest public museum in the world. Not far away is the fascinating museum housed inside Trajan’s Markets as well as the Museums of the Imperial Forums. Near Piazza Navona you’ll find the Museum of Rome at Palazzo Braschi with its vast collection providing insight into the recent history of the city, as well as the little-known Giovanni Barracco Museum of Ancient Sculpture. Centrale Montemartini, the Museum of Rome in Trastevere, and the Museums of Villa Torlonia are all unmissable museums in their own right, and even the smaller museums—the Napoleonic Museum, the Pietro Canonica Museum, the Carlo Bilotti Museum, the Museum of the Walls, Rome’s Gallery of Modern Art, and more—are getting in on the action. museiincomune.it