Things to do in Rome in April 2024

What’s on in Rome this month?

Breathtaking astronomical events, Rome’s birthday, flowers, air shows and more . There’s so many things to do in Rome this April 2024!

Without wasting a lot of time, let’s dive into these super exciting things to explore in the city! 🤩

Things to do in Rome in April 2024

6th-9th April – Arch of light at the Pantheon

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Between April 6th and 9th 2024, the sun light will enter the Pantheon and point exactly at the arch above the main door. This phenomenon was noticed in 2014 by Marina de Franceschini and Giuseppe Veneziano thanks to their archaeoastronomy studies. The light will be positioned as in the photo above at around 1PM. How fascinating!

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Open House Rome – April 6th to 14th

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So many incredible places will be open on occasion of the Open House event!

Open House is an annual event which opens for free to the public hundreds of sites in Rome with impressive architectures.

From underground archaeological sites, to embassies and ministry buildings, the difficult thing is choosing where to go! Make sure you book in advance as soon as the bookings open, as the best sites get fully booked super quick!

More info: https://www.openhouseroma.org/

Rose Garden Spring reopening – April 21st

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The Rose Garden of Rome opens twice a year for some weeks, during Spring and Autumn. This is when the roses bloom. It will reopen on April 21st

The 1100 species of roses hosted in this garden are coming from many different parts of the world, including, for example, China and Mongolia! Each rose plant has a little tag at the bottom with name, year and country of origin, so you can play and search for the furthest country or the oldest species. We are always so amazed by how many species of roses you can actually encounter here, many of them are so peculiar and unique and we’ve have never seen before.

And to make things even more special, the ancient Roman ruins of the Palatine hill in the background!

Entrance is free and does not require any booking or tickets.

The Azaleas on Spanish Steps

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Every year, for Rome’s birthday, the Spanish Steps are dressed in a beautiful and colorful carpet of azaleas for the whole month of April. One of the most elegant and photogenic moments for Piazza di Spagna.

Rome’s birthday – April 18th to 21st at Circo Massimo

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On April 21st of the year 753BC, Rome was founded. How old is Rome going to be this year? 2777 years old! From April 18th to 21st there will be celebrations including historical reenactments performed by the Gruppo Storico Romano at the Circo Massimo.

Liberation Day – April 25th

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Each year, on April 25th, we celebrate Liberation Day, which marks the anniversary of when the Allied Troops freed Italy from the Germans in 1945.

On this day, solemn celebrations take place at the Vittoriano, the altar of the Fatherland. The President of the Italian Republic poses a crown of flowers by the tomb of the Unknown soldier, sometimes with the participation of the Frecce Tricolore flying over the skies of Rome. It is quite a beautiful moment. So far, the participation of the Frecce Tricolore on April 25th 2024 has not been announced. We’ll update this if we know more.

Usually they fence the space around this event and if you want to attend you’ll have to be ready to stand in the crowds for some time. Usually the best places where to see the Frecce Tricolore from are Piazza Venezia, via del Corso, Piazza del Popolo and higher viewpoints such as the Gianicolo hill.

“Fidia” exhibition at Musei Capitolini

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Who was Fidia? In a few words, Fidia is the greatest sculptor of antiquity. His most famous work was the frieze on the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. This is a unique chance to learn more about this mysterious and fascinating artist, because this is the very first exhibition entirely dedicated to Fidia. In this exhibit you will find more than 100 artworks: sculptures, drawings, even fragments of the frieze of the Parthenon!

The exhibit will be running until May 5th 2024 at the Musei Capitolini. For more info: https://www.museicapitolini.org/en/node/1013440

The “Adventure of Money” exhibition

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This exhibition is great for families, since it is very engaging to both adults and kids (look at these kids in the picture, they were totally drawn into the story!).

This immersive exhibition drives you from the very first contracts and financial transactions of the Sumerians in 4000 BC (you will see the first Sumerian contracts on pieces of terracotta!), to the crucial points of history that shaped our economy today.

How the coins were invented, as well as the banknotes, the cheques, and the first ledgers. Including the ledger where you can see the payment from the church for Bernini’s most famous Ecstasy of Saint Teresa marble!

We really enjoyed this exhibition and we think you should go too 😊 You will find this until April 28th at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni.

For info and tickets: https://www.palazzoesposizioni.it/mostra/the-adventure-of-money

Escher exhibition in Palazzo Bonaparte

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From October 31st 2023 until May 5th 2024, Palazzo Bonaparte hosts the biggest exhibition ever made on Escher, with more than 300 of his artworks! 🤩

Escher was a Dutch graphic designer who moved to Rome 100 years ago. He lived in Rome for about 12 years. And it’s in his Roman house in the Monteverde neighborhood that he made one of his most famous artworks, the Hand with Reflecting Sphere (see pic above)

The exhibition will take place in Palazzo Bonaparte, which used to be the residence of Napoleon’s mother in Rome.

Website: https://www.mostrepalazzobonaparte.it/mostra-escher.php

Live a unique experience with us!

If you want to make your April Rome trip special and looking for something fun, unique, personal… you’re in the right place!

Our in person experiences grew from the legacy of our media content online, meaning that we focus on discovering the authentic side of Rome. We won’t dwell on academic frills, only on insider’s knowledge with the fun storytelling of a local expert. Our experiences include the hidden gems of Rome, underground sites and a super local street food tour. You can find them all here!

Written by Federica

Creative director of Live Virtual Guide. Her favorite things are gelato, pizza and the hidden gems of Rome.


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