Things to do in Rome in Summer 2024

A cinema with Colosseum views, a firework show designed by Michelangelo 500 years ago, electronic music festival and truly local traditions. 

This Summer in Rome you will find loads of things to do. Read everything, book asap (if needed) and mark the dates on your calendars!

Visit the Forum of Caesar by night

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Now and until September 22nd you’ll be able to visit the Forum of Caesar by night!

You’ll get headphones (in any language you want) and you’ll be taken into a journey made of video mapping and beautiful light reconstructions that will bring everything into life.

This experience is called Viaggio nei Fori and it is something we truly recommend doing.

To book your tickets: http://www.viaggioneifori.it/en/

Venus in Music – concerts at the temple of Venus

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Among all the locations in Rome, this is for sure one of the most special ones!

We are on the temple of Venus, which overlooks directly the Colosseum. And in this magical venue there will be concerts and theatre shows from June 19th to 28th.

One of the highlights of this event will for sure be the “gladiator” Russel Crowe performing with the Gentlemen Barbers.

These concerts will be for free and online booking is mandatory, from June 12th on https://bit.ly/venereinmusica24. They will sell out soon, so be quick!

Cinema in Piazza – outdoor cinema every night at 9:15PM

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The outdoor cinema organized by the Piccolo America association is back!

There will be three locations: Piazza San Cosimato in Trastevere, Monte Ciocci and Cervelletta.

Movies will be in original language with Italian subtitles. In case of Italian movies there will be English subtitles.

For some projections there will also be actors and directors making intros to the movie and talking with the audience. To mention one, Edward Norton will be presenting Fight Club.

Free entrance, no booking necessary. All the movies start at 9:15PM, until July 14th. Here you can find the full schedule: https://ilcinemainpiazza.it/

Notti sul Tevere – markets and bars along the Tiber river

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Every summer the Tiber river banks illuminate with lights, music and entertainment.

Every evening from 7PM stands of food, drinks and little markets make a really cool background to your stroll along the river.

Free entry, no ticket required. Stands are located between Ponte Sisto (Piazza Trilussa) and Ponte Sublicio. Until August 25th.

“Girandola” fireworks at Castel Sant’Angelo – June 29th

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This firework show is a re-enactment of an ancient show designed by none other than.. Michelangelo!

He designed this on occasion of the celebration of the patron saints of Rome: St Peter and St Paul, which is celebrated every year on June 29th.

The show was called “Girandola” and it took place every year since the 1500s until the 1800s.

Then it stopped and it was reinstated only in recent years, always on the same date: June 29th

The firework show will start at 10:30PM and last about 20 mins. The best viewpoints we experienced are around Ponte Sant’Angelo and on Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II.

Videocittà – The Festival of Vision and Digital Culture – July 5th, 6th and 7th

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Photo credit: Videocittà facebook page

We’ve been to this festival the past few years and we highly recommend it if you are into electronic music, digital culture and innovation.

Videocittà is a festival that takes place in an incredible location: the industrial archaeological site of the Gazometer of Rome. Which fits so much with the context of the festival itself.

There will be immersive experiences, video art, talks, lie and augmented reality performances. This year there will also be the participation of the composer Giorgio Moroder, the pioneer of electronic dance music.

We loved it and we can’t wait to return on July 5th, 6th and 7th!

More info and tickets: https://www.videocitta.com/

Cinema at the Temple of Venus – from July 4th to 14th

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POV: you’re watching a movie in an outdoor cinema, you look to your right and you see the Colosseum illuminated at night.

This is definitely the most amazing cinema you’ll ever be in! After the concerts, the temple of Venus will host movies, from July 4th to 14th.

The movie schedule will be published shortly. We’ll update this as soon as we know more!

Caracalla Festival 2024 – from June 3rd to August 10th

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Photo credit: turismoroma.it

Have you ever been to a concert within 2000 years old walls? Things like these can only happen in very few places in the world, and one of them is in Rome. The Summer schedule of the Opera Theatre of Rome is hosted in none other than Caracalla baths!

Opera concerts, ballet, cinema, theatre, jazz and pop music from June 3rd, in this ancient Roman thermal bath ruins. Pop stars John Legend, il Volo, opera singers Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo, Angela Meade, Brian Jadge, ballet star Roberto Bolle, Walt Disney musics and so much more.

More info on the official website.

Festa de’ Noantri in Trastevere – July 28th

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This is a truly local celebration happening in the heart of Trastevere since 1535!

The Festa de’ Noantri is a festival that will take place for about a week in July from the 20th to the 28th.

The grand finale on July 28th at 7:30PM (time to be confirmed) includes a procession of the cedar wood statue of the Madonna boarded on a boat and traveling along the Tiber river until it reaches Trastevere. When arrived at Ponte Garibaldi, the procession will transfer on the land and continue until the basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere.

Something very unique and local to see if you are around these days!

To learn more about this celebration, read this: “Festa de’ Noantri”: a truly local celebration in Trastevere, Rome

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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