Hot Dates March 2019

by Danilo Brunetti

League of Six Nations Rugby – Saturday 16

Wear your red, green, and white and join the madness as Italy’s national rugby team goes head-to-head with France on the last day of the Six Nations Rugby Championship in Rome’s very own Stadio Olimpico. Will Italy be a match against last year’s champion? If you are a rugby fan as well as an art lover, you’re in luck: your match tickets will get you free entry at any of Rome’s city-run museums, including the Capitoline Museums, Centrale Montemartini, Museo di Roma, and many more. Tickets available at

The Science Before Science – From Friday 1

On occasion of the 500th anniversary of the great Leonardo da Vinci’s death, the Scuderie del Quirinale inaugurates an exhibition investigating the celebrated humanist’s work. Science Before Science retraces Leonardo’s work from the technological and scientific front while examining the cultural connections he had with his peers, from his Tuscan education to his late Roman period. The exhibit also examines the impact that technical and humanistic thought had on his work as well as that of other artists of the time.

Whisky Festival – Saturday 2 and Sunday 3

You may think Italy’s all about wine, but the preferred liquor of the British Isles has come into vogue in the bel paese in recent years. The 8th edition of the annual Spirit of Scotland Whisky Festival hits the city the first weekend of the month, bringing with it tastings, master classes, mixology seminars, and meet-ups with the most respected experts and distillers in world of Single Malt. The festival caps off with a blind taste test to select the best labels of the year.

Salone delle Fontane all’EUR. Via Ciro il Grande, 10.

Emanuel AX – Thursday 7 to Saturday 9

The Santa Cecilia Orchestra welcomes Grammy- winning classical pianist Emanuel Ax for an electrifying interpretation of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 1 under the baton of Sakari Oramo. The bill also includes Sibelius’s Snöfrid and Symphony no. 1. A bonus for hard-core Ax fans: the legendary pianist also performs in solo recital a few days earlier, playing Brahms, Schumann, Benjamin, Ravel, and Chopin on March 4 at the same venue. Auditorium PDM.

International Women’s Day – Friday 8

Celebrate the women in your life with the gift of a traditional posy of vibrant yellow mimosa flowers and a visit to Women: Body and Image Between Symbol and Revolution, an exhibit running at Rome’s Gallery of Modern Art. The exhibit showcases over 100 paintings, sculptures, and photographs that explores the mystique of the feminine in art, politics, and society. Women also get free entry to many of Rome’s museums today, including the MAXXI and the GNAM.


MFR 19– until Sunday 31

Photographers and studios, schools, galleries, exhibition spaces, laboratories, and specialized bookshops: these are the protagonists of MFR19 – The Month of Photography in Rome. All month, the festival will animate the entire city with over 250 free events including exhibitions, seminars, workshops, and meetings with authors. MFR 19 kicks off on 1 March with an exhibition of the images of Andrea Attardi at Rome’s Academy of Fine Art, and will continue at Palazzo Merulana with photographs by Franco Fontana. For the complete program, visit

March’s Calendar