May in the Eternal City has a plethora of enticing events in store, including an international tennis tournament, an equestrian competition, a celebrated violinist in concert, and much more.
International Tennis Open – Monday 6 to Sunday 19
Rome’s long history isn’t just limited to politics and art: celebrate the 89th edition of the annual Italian Open, a head-to-head tennis tournament between the world’s best at Foro Olimpico. The intense, two-week competition hosts last year’s singles champions Rafael Nadal and Elina Svitolina (pictured) as they defend their titles, and other notable players like Novak Djokovic, John Isner, Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams, and Marco Cecchinato. Who will be this year’s world champions? To find out, get your tickets before they’re gone! ticketing.internazionalibnlitalia.com.
Lisa Batiashvili Plays Bartok – Thursday 9 to Saturday 11
Soloist Lisa Batiashvili joins the Santa Cecilia Orchestra for a rendition of Bartok’s Violin Concerto no.1, a piece that honors one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Mussorgsky’s Night on the Bald Mountain and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade are also on the bill. Feel free to join the Academy prior to Friday’s performance for Introduction to Listening with Oreste Bossini, a discussion that will help you get even more out of the concert, all while enjoying a glass of wine.
Find more information and tickets at santacecilia.it.
Open House Rome – Saturday 11 and Sunday 12
Want to explore a side of Rome that no one else sees? Now’s your chance. In their 5th annual edition, Open House Rome sees the opening of 150 sites throughout the city that are closed to the public the rest of the year. The weekend celebrates the unique and rich architectural patrimony that the city offers, with a focus on contemporary design. The event is completely free, and includes talks, guided tours, and special events at each site so you can feed your mind as well as your eyes. Find more information at openhousewordwide.org.
Bersaglieri – Monday 13
Interested in Italy’s military history and also a fan of music? What if you could combine the two while adding some intense, high-paced cardio? One night a month, Italy’s historic infantry soldiers (who are also musicians), the Bersaglieri, play their shiny brass instruments to the delight of the denizens of the Trastevere neighborhood. The second Monday of the month, just after 8pm, the soldiers, decked out in full regalia that includes the iconic helmet topped with a cascade of black feathers, will perform their traditional fanfare, much of which is carried out while running, not an easy feat even for a soldier.
Piazza San Francesco d’Assisi.
Night of the Museums – Saturday 18
We all know that the real fun starts after sunset. For the ridiculously low price of €1, the doors of famed museums and archaeological sites all across the continent will open to eager art lovers after dark, thanks to Europe’s annual Night of the Museums, and Rome proudly takes part. For one evening only, the possibilities are endless for those willing to venture out past their bedtime. Venues like the Capitoline Museums, Trajan’s Markets, the MACRO museum and many others participate in this compelling late-night event.
Piazza di Siena – Monday 20 to Sunday 26
Every May, horse-lovers around the city flock to Piazza di Siena in Villa Borghese park for the equestrian event of the year. This international horse show is celebrating its 87th anniversary this year with a program that challenges European and North American equestrian talent of all ages. Watch in delight to see who will jump their way to the coveted trophy of the Grand Prix. General admission is free, or spectate more luxuriously with reserved boxes for a price. Find more information at piazzadisiena.it.