Hot Dates March 2020

by Danilo Brunetti

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.

KodòMonday 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.

Libri ComeThursday 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.

Orazio Borgianni Exhibitfrom 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 daySunday 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 LuganskyWednesday 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.

MarathonSunday 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

March’s Calendar

1 Last chance to see dance troupe MOMIX’s Alice, a modern take on Lewis Carroll’s classic.

2 See works by Monet, Renoir, and Cézanne at Secret Impressionists. Palazzo Bonaparte.

3 Pianist Jonathan Biss performs Beethoven in his Rome debut at the IUC.

4 Indulge in an exquisite Mediterranean dinner at Maestro (p34).

5 SHINE – Pink Floyd Moon, a dance tribute to the great band, runs at Teatro Olimpico.

6 Browse photography by Stefano Cigada at the Museum of Rome in Trastevere.

7 Balletomanes should head to Teatro Costanzi for a performance of Le Corsaire.

8 Treat little ones to exhibit I Love Lego at Palazzo Bonaparte.

9 Don’t miss Japanese percussion group Kodò perform their show Legacy at the PDM.

10 Settle in for a yummy apericena—check out our suggestions on p18.

11 Treat yourself to a gourmet pizza at Seu Pizza Illuminati—book in advance!

12 Embark on a Raphael treasure hunt exactly 500 years after his death (p16).

13 Soak up punchy street art in the Ostiense neighborhood.

14 Italy faces of against England at the Six Nations Rugby championships.

15 Last day to see masterpieces by Canova at Palazzo Braschi.

16 Sample some of the city’s best coffee at Faro (Via Piave, 55).

17 Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a pint at Scholar’s Lounge or The Abbey Theatre.

18 A rare Rembrandt work is on display at Palazzo Corsini.

19 Pamper your home with luxe linens from Tebro (p24).

20 Marvel at contemporary art and architecture at the MAXXI.

21 Watch the sunset from the Orange Garden atop the Aventine Hill.

22 Hit up the artisan boutiques in the Monti neighborhood.

23 Explore the work of lmmaking legend Sergio Leone at the Ara Pacis.

24 Mingle with the locals at farmer’s market Mercato Testaccio (closed on Sun).

25 Opening night of Puccini’s masterpiece Turandot at Teatro Costanzi.

26 Opening day of the Ahmed Alsoudani exhibit at Palazzo Cipolla.

 27 Head underground and tour the Catacombs of Callixtus.

28 Pop star James Blunt takes the stage at Palalottomatica.

29 Ready – set – go! The Rome marathon is today.

30 Sparkle with a silver-themed shopping spree (p20).

31 Grab a cup or cone at Gelateria Tony (Viale dei Colli Portuensi, 335).