Hot Dates November 2019

by Danilo Brunetti

With winter looming, the city is heating up with plenty of events in the coming month, including concerts, festivals, and the chance to visit some popular sites for free!

Roma Jazz Festival – from Friday 1

The first week of November brings the 43rd annual Roma Jazz Festival with this year’s theme of “No Borders,” since, as the festival states, “boundaries are made to be crossed.” The month-long celebration brings an eclectic variety of artists to the Eternal City such as Dave Holland, Cory Wong, Radiodervish, Dianne Reeves, and Moonlight Benjamin (pictured). The 21 performances are held across the city at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, the Casa del Jazz, the Monk, and the Alcazar. Find tickets and a full program at

Free Entry to National Museums – Sunday 3

The first Sunday of every month sees state-run museums all over the country open their doors for free. The National Roman Museum includes the Baths of Diocletian, Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo, and Crypta Balbi, and is just one of many sites that welcomes tourists gratis on this day. Others include the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the National Gallery of Modern Art. Galleria Borghese also takes part, but you must book a time-slot online to ensure entry. Whichever place you pick, get there early to beat the lines!

Glen Hansard – Tuesday 12

Singer-songwriter and actor Glen Hansard is set to perform at the Auditorium PDM this month. Hansard started his musical career with The Frames, a local Dublin band, and gained international attention in 2007 when his song “Falling Slowly” won the Oscar for Best Original Song for the film Once, in which he also starred. Over the past two decades, Hansard has pursued a career as a solo artist while still performing with The Frames. His show at the PDM includes music from his latest solo album This Wild Willing, which was released in April this year.


Rickie Lee Jones – Saturday 16

Forty years after releasing her first album, two- time Grammy Award-winning artist Rickie Lee Jones is performing at the Auditorium Parco della Musica one night only this month. The singer-songwriter has been known throughout her career as one of the first artists to blend pop, rock, and jazz, making a style that is completely her own. Her show comes only a few months after her 17th album, Kicks, was released this past June.


Thanksgiving – Thursday 28

If you find yourself in Rome this Thanksgiving and want a traditional American dinner, have no fear! Multiple restaurants offer Turkey Day eats, whether it be traditional or with a Roman twist. The Hard Rock Café and Vivi Bistrot are just two of the restaurants where you can find a Thanksgiving feast. For a social event, consider the American International Club, or for something informal, stop in at The Highlander pub for a meal and some American football. St. Patrick’s Church also holds a special Thanksgiving Day Mass. If you feel up for the challenge to cook (and you have access to a kitchen), head to international food shop Castroni to find all the ingredients you need. Just make sure to order your bird at the butchershop at least a week in advance.

Gio Ponti– Wednesday 27

A new exhibit at the MAXXI (Museum of 21st-century Art) explores the career of Gio Ponti. As one of the most important Italian architects and designers of the 20th century, Ponti has been the subject of much critical literature about his work, ranging from architecture and design to poetry. This exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Gio Ponti Archives and presents materials, models, books, and more from the iconic artist’s large body of work throughout his lifetime.

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