What’s on in Rome this month?
International sports competitions, archaeological sites, temporary exhibitions and Carnival food. There’s so much to do in Rome this February 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 February 2024
Guinness Six Nations Rugby 2024 in Rome
From February 2nd to March 16th there will be the Six Nations championship for 2024, where we’ll see Italy, England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales playing for the trophy! Some of the matches will take place in Rome and we thought you didn’t want to miss this really cool thing to do in Rome this February!
The matches that will take place in Rome are:
February 3rd: Italy-England
March 9th: Italy – Scotland
More info: https://www.sixnationsrugby.com/en/
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Valentine’s Day – February 14th
Rome is one of the most romantic cities in the world, but on February 14th things can go to the next level! Don’t just look for panoramic terraces and a bunch of roses. In Rome you can take your loved one in front of Saint Valentine in person (or at least, what’s left of him).
Go to the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Here you’ll find the most famous Mouth of Truth, an ancient and legendary lie-detector (remember Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holidays?). But don’t stop here, walk inside and go to the left nave. Here you’ll find the skull of Saint Valentine!
The biography and identity of this saint is still being debated, and you might hear that the real Saint Valentine skull is actually in Dublin or somewhere else. But the truth is, the experience will still be very romantic 😊
Food to try – the traditional recipes of the Roman Carnival
The Carnival in Rome, since ancient times, consisted in some days of pranks, of forgotten rules, masked people and unbridled joy before the begin of the Lent and the forty days of penitence leading to Easter.
Nowadays not much is left of that tradition, but for centuries the Roman Carnival has been a wild celebration including also the most famous races in via del Corso (“corsa” means “run”, “race”).
At some point these parties went a bit too wild and the king of Italy decided to stop the tradition.
Today during these days you might come across masked people, confetti and streamers in the streets.
But one Carnival tradition that remained is the food one. This time of the year in bakeries and pastry shops (pasticceria) you will find lots of Carnival sweets, not available during the rest the year. And that you must try!
One of them is the frappe. A crumbly and thing sweet sheet, sparkled with icing sugar.
“Fidia” exhibition at Musei Capitolini
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
“Helmut Newton Legacy” exhibition
If you’ve never heard of this photographer, you better find out who he was right now, because you’re missing out on one of the biggest innovators in fashion photography. And some of the coolest pictures ever!
Helmut Newton changed the rules of the fashion photography by adding storytelling, naked portraits, optical illusions and crime scenes. And he experimented so while shooting for Vogue, Yves Saint Laurent, Bulgari, with David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Cindy Crawford, Monica Bellucci.
Such an important piece of history in photography that you will find below the Ara Pacis until March 2024.
Escher exhibition in Palazzo Bonaparte
From October 31st 2023 until April 1st 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.
The “Adventure of Money” exhibition
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
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