A classical pianist, a Japanese percussion ensemble, a literature festival, and the city’s annual marathon make March an awesome time to be in Rome.
Kodò – Monday 9
Legendary Japanese percussion group Kodò presents Legacy, a special performance of their One Earth Tour, just one night only at the Auditorium PDM. Artistic director and Kabuki legend Tamasaburo Bando continues to push the ensemble to new levels of energy and mastery, while nevertheless honoring the nearly half-century-old traditions and techniques that the group was founded on. Witness this spectacular and energetic performance that many have attempted to imitate without success. auditorium.com
Libri Come – Thursday 12 to Sunday 15
A bibliophile’s paradise, the 11th annual edition of this book festival unites authors, scholars, and writers from around the world for a four-day celebration of literature at the Auditorium PDM. Take in one of over a hundred events, including workshops, roundtable discussions, readings, exhibitions, and presentations by well-known authors. This year’s theme is courage, and will feature writers of international import including David Grossman, Luis Sepulveda, Michael Dobbs, Ben Lerner, and Jan Brokken. auditorium.com
Orazio Borgianni Exhibit – from Friday 6
Palazzo Barberini presents the first monographic exhibition dedicated to Italian painter Orazio Borgianni. A Troubled Genius in Caravaggio’s Rome displays 16 works by Borgianni on loan from important museums and collections around the world, all of them painted between the first and second decades of the 17th century, the height of his artistic output. The exhibit also presents a series of works by Borgianni’s contemporaries on the Roman art scene whose work was notably influenced by him, including Antiveduto Gramatica, Giovanni Lanfranco, Carlo Saraceni, Giovanni Serodine, and Simon Vouet.
International Women’s day – Sunday 8
Show appreciation for the woman in your life by buying her a spray of yellow mimosas on occasion of International Women’s Day. The holiday celebrates women’s economic, political, and social achievements and has been observed on 8 March since 1917 when the women-led protests of bread shortages sparked the Russian Revolution. Culture lover? Women get free entrance to many of Rome’s museums today, including the MAXXI, the GNAM, and the Capitoline Museums.
Nikolai Lugansky – Wednesday 18
At five years old, Lugansky was famously able to play an entire Beethoven piano sonata by ear before he had even learned to read music. Four decades and innumerable performances later, the Russian musician is firmly established as one of the greatest concert pianists active today. Hear him perform two Beethoven sonatas, as well as César Franck’s Prelude, Aria and Finale, and Prelude, Chorale and Fugue in a solo recital at the Auditorium PDM, organized by the Santa Cecilia National Academy. santacecilia.it
Marathon – Sunday 29
Cheer on the runners at Rome’s 26th annual marathon, or—if you’re feeling energetic—run with them (registration is open until 25 March). The 42k (26 mile) race begins at the Colosseum and ends at the Imperial Fora, taking in some of the city’s most famous sights along the way. If you’re feeling a bit less ambitious, take part in the non-competitive 5k Stracittadina Fun Run, with registration open until the day before. The Fun Run starts at Piazza Venezia, circles the Baths of Caracalla and ends at the Circus Maximus. For more info and to sign up, visit maratonadiroma.it.