Hot Dates July 2022

by Danilo Brunetti

Balmy summer nights offer exciting events all month, from outdoor cinema to art initiatives, from foodie festivals to open-air concerts.

SaldiFrom Saturday 2

Every July, stores all across the city slash their prices to provide Romans with their August vacation essentials, offering an entire month of massive sales to make room for fall inventory. Take advantage by revamping your own summer wardrobe with brand-new sandals, swimsuits, dresses, and shirts that won’t weigh down your suitcase past the carry-on limit. Discounts range from 20–70% at almost every store, from big international brands to haute couture designers to independent boutiques, so you can’t afford not to shop!

Isola del CinemaAll Month

Nothing says summer like an outdoor film screening, and in Rome this month, it happens every night. In July, the banks of the tiny Tiber Island transform into an open-air cinema as part of the yearly Isola del Cinema film fest. This summer’s festival—impressively their 28th edition—showcases some of the most critically acclaimed international films of the past year with the theme of xxxxTBAxxx. All films are shown in the original language with Italian subtitles. Full program at

Rome by NightAll Month

Every Friday and Saturday evening all month, the Pope opens the doors of his extensive collections to art-loving night owls. The twilight art-gazing lasts from 6 to 11pm, and for an extra €17 you can start your evening with an aperitivo in the marvelous Pinecone Courtyard, enjoying drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and views of St. Peter’s dome. Reserve your tickets in advance at Across town, the Colosseum offers its own after-dark visits. The Luna sul Colosseo initiative gives visitors the chance to see the imposing ancient monument in a whole new light—moonlight. Book early as only 25 people are allowed in at a time. Thu–Sat only.

Taste of RomaWednesday 6 to Sunday 10

Foodies rejoice! Rome’s already tantalizing food scene gets an extra boost this month thanks to the Taste of Roma festival, held at the Foro Italico. After a two-year hiatus, this delicious restaurant festival is back, assembling the city’s top chefs all under one roof, where guests can sample Michelin-quality food in an informal, convivial setting. This year, over a dozen top restaurants are taking part, creating more than 40 gourmet dishes priced at just €6–10 a plate. Standard, evening, and VIP options available. Find more information and book tickets at

Interesting YearsAll Month

Go on an intense and revealing journey to an Italy of a different era at a new exhibit at the Museum of Rome in Trastevere. Interesting Years: Moments of Italian Life, 1960–1975 displays a series of 124 black and white photographs and visual documents on loan from the Istituto Luce that explore Italy’s race toward modernity, from the construction of the Pirelli skyscraper in Milan, to the birth of free radio in 1975. The images on display come from the titans of Italian photography, such as Gianni Berengo Gardin, Pino Settanni, Carlo Cisventi, and Caio Mario Garrubba, as well as the so-called paparazzi, whose candid shots captured a revealing and authentic side of the city and its people.