Hot Dates July 2020

by Danilo Brunetti

Rome has awakened from its slumber at last, and there couldn’t be a better month to be in the Eternal City.

Summer at the MAXXIFrom Thursday 2

Lovers of contemporary culture, rejoice: the MAXXI, Rome’s museum of 21st-century art, is reviving its rich summer program again this year. Musical performances, theater, literature events, cinema, installations, and contemporary art exhibits will take place both inside and out of the cutting-edge art space designed by architect Zaha Hadid. Zerocalcare, Motta, Isabella Ragonese, Davide Enia, Moni Ovadia, Daniele Luchetti, Marco Risi, Paola and Silvia Scola, Claudio Strinati, and Paolo Benanti are just a few of the fascinating visual and performing artists whose work will be presented in this hotly anticipated summer season. Visit for more information

Opera at Circus Maximusfrom Thursday 16

Every summer the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma swaps its regular venue of Teatro Costanzi for the towering ruins of the ancient Baths of Caracalla and a spectacular outdoor season. This year, in addition to performances at the Baths, they are also putting up shows at an even grander site, the legendary Circus Maximus. Operas going up at the ancient racetrack this month include Verdi’s vivacious yet poignant Rigoletto, Rossini’s crowd-pleaser, The Barber of Seville, and Franz Lehar’s frolick, The Merry Widow, all three full of some of the most memorable melodies in the cannon. A new ballet is also on the bill, Le Quattro Stagioni, choreographed by Giuliano Peparino to the music of Vivaldi and Scarlatti.

Viaggi nell’Antica Romafrom Wednesday 8

Conceptualized by journalist Piero Angela and physicist Paco Lanciano, this digital multimedia journey allows spectators to experience the Imperial Fora as never before, using cutting-edge technology to transport them back in time to the Rome of the Caesars. Initially launched in the Forum of Augustus in honor of the 2000th anniversary of the first emperor’s death, the project now also includes the Forum of Julius Caesar. The show recreates the original appearance of the Imperial Fora through an expert blend of video, lights, and special effects, including images projected directly onto the ruins, re-creating what the sites looked like at their peak. A running narrative available in eight languages guides the audience. Shows run three times a night and last 40 minutes. For more information, check out

The LumineersSunday 5

It’s been eight years since the release of the Grammy-nominated self-titled debut album that made this band famous around the globe, and four since Cleopatra, the Platinum album that solidified their spot on the international stage. The Lumineers will be making a one-night stop in Rome this summer on their tour to promote their latest album, III, released last fall. Catch them at the outdoor Cavea of the Parco della Musica to hear the engaging sound that continues to conquer the hearts of millions of fans. Tickets available on

IUC Festival del TramontoFrom Sunday 5 to Thursday 23

When the weather heats up, Rome’s premier chamber music organization, the Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti, abandons the concert hall for Rome’s lush Botanical Garden for their annual “Sunset Festival.” The idyllic garden will play venue to some of the hottest soloists and ensembles of the moment, and will close with a night of jazz. Highlighted performers include celebrated young pianist Gloria Campaner, rising piano star Beatrice Cori, the award-winning Caravaggio Piano Quartet, and the Enea Trio in collaboration with the Avos Chamber Music Project. Closing night will feature a performance by five artists playing jazz by Monk Corea, Konitz, Nunzi, and more. Tickets available at