Hot Dates March 2023

by Danilo Brunetti

Spring is finally here and Rome is celebrating with a slew of fun events, concerts, and exhibits. Don’t miss out!

Michelangelo PistolettoFrom Saturday 18

A brand-new exhibit at the Chiostro del Bramante—one of the most beautiful exhibition spaces in the city—traces a narrative path through contemporary art through the works of Michelangelo Pistoletto. From his earliest works dating to the mid-1960s, to his most recent pieces created this very year, the exhibit is a journey through the world—the many worlds—of one of the masters of contemporary art. Visitors are presented with an infinite number of ways of making art, ways of seeing, of changing perspective, and of reading reality. At the center of it all is a single artist who does not limit himself, but rather explores the many possibilities of being, of transforming himself, of portraying and representing himself, of telling.

International Women’s DayWednesday 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 the 8th of March since 1917 when the women-led protests of bread shortages sparked the Russian Revolution. You can find flower-sellers all over the city hawking these early spring posies, and in past years, women have also gotten free entrance to many of Rome’s museums on this day, including the MAXXI, the GNAM, and the Capitoline Museums. Call the city’s cultural hotline at 060608 for a complete list.

Rugby: Italy vs WalesSaturday 11

Every year in late winter, European rugby fans country-hop in order to attend once-a-year games. Only six countries participate, hence the name Six Nations Championship, with only one game per pair of teams, switching between host countries every year. Each country hosts only two or three games total in the entire series, so tickets sell out fast. Italy has been in a historic slump the past several years, in fact, as of this writing, they haven’t won a Six Nations match since 2015! This month, Italy hosts Wales at the Stadio Olimpico and the game promises to be a thrilling one. Find more information at

PagliacciSunday 12 to Sunday 19

It might just be the most famous and easily recognizable line in all of opera… Ridi, pagliaccio! If you know what I’m talking about but can’t quite place it, why not see the real deal? This month, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Rome’s most prestigious opera company, brings Leoncavallo’s lyric masterpiece to the ears and eyes of passionate opera-lovers and curious neophytes alike. If you’ve never been to the opera, Pagliacci, with its engaging plot, tragic characters, and soaring melodies, is an excellent jumping off point. And if you are a seasoned opera-goer, a performance that features Franco Zefferelli’s brilliant staging (in honor of the centenary of his birth) as well as an excellent international cast of singers, would be the perfect way to cap off your Roman holiday.

St. Patrick’s DayFriday 17

Whether you have pure green blood flowing through your veins or are simply a passionate hibernophile, for one day of the year at least, there’s no better place to be than raising a pint in an Irish pub. If you think you won’t get a chance to do that while in Rome, think again. Italy has a soft spot for Irish culture, and that is evidenced by the innumerable Irish pubs that can be found all over the peninsula, particularly in Rome. No matter what part of town you find yourself in, you’re never far from a traditional Irish pub. The city’s most popular include Abbey Theatre (Via del Governo Vecchio, 51), Rosy O’Grady (Via della Cava Aurelia, 155b), Scholars Lounge (Via del Plebiscito, 101b), The Shamrock (Via del Colosseo,1c), Finnegan’s (Via Leonina, 66), and Flann O’Brien (Via Nazionale, 17). Cheers!