Things to do in Rome – July 2023

What’s on in Rome this month?

Sustainable fashion shows, Summer sales, concerts in ancient Roman theaters, races and more. There’s so much to do in Rome this July 2023!

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 July 2023

Ostia Antica Festival

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There are very few places where you can still attend a show in an ancient Roman theatre. One of them is Ostia Antica!

As every summer, the Ostia Antica festival takes place in the theatre inside this incredible archaeological site, which is too often overlooked by tourists coming to Rome. The festival features music and theatre plays starring artists such as Steve Hackett, Robert PlantNino D’Angelo, Michele Zarrillo and more.

More info here:

Phygital Sustainability Expo® at the Markets of Trajan – July 5th and 6th

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In a world of fast-fashion, it’s time to become more aware of the impact we can have when buying fashion items. This exhibition/catwalk is all about sustainability in the fashion world. The location will be breathtaking: the Ancient Markets of Trajan, which used to be an ancient shopping mall (probably the first one in history!) built between 113 and 118 AD!

There will be an exhibition of brands which have moved towards the Sustainable Development Goals of the ONU Agenda for 2030. Towards sunset time there will also be a “narrated catwalk” which explains the innovation and technologies of the outfits.

More info:

Are you looking to make your July Rome trip special? Are you looking for something fun, unique, personal? Our in person experiences grew from the legacy of our media content online. We won’t dwell on academic frills, only on insider’s knowledge with the fun storytelling of a local expert. Check our private and semi-private experiences here

11° Rally di Roma Capitale 2023

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This 3-day rally event will take place in one of the most scenographic track in the world! The event will start from Castel Sant’Angelo, the pass by the Colosseum and continue over 900 km across the Lazio Region.

The event is free to attend. The goal of the event is to promote the national and international car-tourism, as well as raise awareness about road safety education.

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Videocittà – The Festival of Vision and Digital Culture – July 13th to 16th

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We’ve been to this festival last year 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.

We loved it and we can’t wait to return.

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Summer sales – from July 6th to August 19th

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When we say that sales in Italy can get you real deals, we mean it. In the Lazio region (hence Rome too) the Summer sales start on July 6th. All the shopaholics of Italy look forward to the sales, which usually take place in January (winter sales) and July (summer sales) for a period of 6 weeks.

At the beginning the discounts will be lower, starting from around 20-30%. it is good to shop at the beginning of the sales if you already know exactly what to get and you don’t want to risk not finding it anymore.

But the more you wait, the more the discounts increase, leaving the last weeks of sales with discounts as high as 50-60-70%. Of course in that case you’ll have a limited selection of sizes and colors. But that is also when the best bargains can be made.

Where to shop in Rome city center? There are many places such as Via del Corso, via Nazionale, Monti district, in the little streets near Campo de’ Fiori, and many more.

Happy shopping!

Planning a last-minute trip to Rome and didn’t have time to book a tour? Check our remaining availability in the next 20 days here 😉

Hankook Rome E-Prix – July 15th and 16th

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The 2023 Hankook Rome E-prix, is the second to last race of the Championship. The finals will take place in London two weeks later.

The races will start on July 15th and 16th at 3PM. However the gates will be open already since 7:30AM to attend the practice sessions and the qualifications.

The race track will be incredible. In fact the race will take place in the EUR district, a beautiful district in the southern area of Rome.

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After all these events in such a warm weather, you might also want to learn more about the history of the city, without queueing in the sun 😅 That is why we designed the Walking through the Capitoline hill and Imperial Forums tour. It’s a short tour (1.5hrs) also available in a sunset version, starting at 7:30PM and enjoying the beautiful sunset lights over the ruins 🧡

Cinema in Piazza

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Every summer Rome offers a lot of outdoor events, such as outdoor cinemas!

The Piccolo America association organized the so-called “Cinema in Piazza” (cinema in the square).

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

Free entrance, no booking necessary. All the movies start at 9:15PM. Movies will be in original language with Italian subtitles In case of Italian movies there will be English subtitles.

Here you can find the full program:

Festa de’ Noantri in Trastevere

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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 22nd to the 31st.

The grand finale on July 30th at 7:30PM 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

Ipotesi Metaverso exhibition

This is one of the most mind-blowing exhibitions we’ve seen lately in Rome. A place where you can really understand how the metaverse has been part of your lives and culture since centuries.. and we don’t always realize that.

Take the optical illusions of the church of St Ignazio in Rome (made in the 1600s).. or the impossible Escher staircases.
Aren’t those “other worlds” where the rules of gravity and limits of our world do not apply?

This amazing exhibition is called “Ipotesi Metaverso”. You can find it in Palazzo Cipolla in via del Corso until July 23rd, 2023.

More info here:

When Rome was a Republic – exhibition at the Musei Capitolini

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This exhibit at the Capitoline Museums tries to give an overview about the transformation of the Roman society across 5 centuries, from the beginning of the Republic to the birth of the Empire. In case you didn’t know the Roman legacy started first as a monarchy, then it became a Republic, to the become an empire. This exhibit focuses on the Republican period, to give you an idea, the times of Cicero, Caesar and so on..

Majority of the artifacts which you can see in this exhibition are usually not visible to the public, because they are usually kept in the deposits (did you know that the deposits are sometimes more crowded of artifacts than the museums themselves?!).

This exhibit started on January 13th and will last until September 24th. More info here:

This exhibition can be perfectly combined with the “Wonders of the Capitoline hill” itinerary included in our Video Guide.

Caracalla Festival 2023 – from May 30th to August 10th

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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 Caracalla festival takes place in none other than Caracalla baths!

Opera, ballet, cinema, theatre, jazz and pop music. All this is taking place this summer, starting from May, in this ancient Roman thermal bath ruins. 50 gigs in total.

More info here:

Live a unique experience with us!

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If you want to make your July 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 Trastevere, Centro Storico and the heart of Ancient Rome. 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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