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Summer Festivals in Rome

Rome's Tiber River is a lively place to be during the Lungo il Tevere summer festival

Rome’s often-quiet Tiber River is a lively place to be during the Lungo il Tevere summer festival

Some travelers try to avoid tourist hotspots like Rome in the summer – it’s hot, it’s crowded, and it’s expensive. But summer in Rome can be one of the best times of the year, thanks to all of the summer festivals and events that go on in the Italian capital.

There are plenty of things to do in Rome in summer, however, so if you don’t mind the heat or the crowds, here are some of the summer festivals in Rome not to miss.

Opera di Roma at the Baths of Caracalla

Often, Italian opera houses take the summer off. In Rome, however, the opera just changes venues – to the spectacular ruins at the Baths of Carcalla. Performances are outdoors, with dramatic Roman ruins as the backdrop, and the program changes every year. There are sometimes visiting performance groups from other countries, and the program may include ballet as well as opera and orchestral music.

Lungo il Tevere

Rome was once accused of turning its back on its river, but lately the city has been embracing the Tiber – Tevere in Italian – more and more. In the summer, the Lungo il Tevere festival runs from mid-June through the end of August and features vendors, restaurants, and bars in temporary shops along the river. It’s the place to be, often until the wee hours of the morning.

Gay Village

The massive Gay Village festival takes over the Parco del Ninfeo in the EUR neighborhood of Rome. The party lasts from June through September, and features live theater and music performances, dance parties, a film festival, plenty of bars and restaurants, and even an open-air gym. It’s become one of Rome’s most popular festivals, attended by locals and tourists alike.

Roma Incontra il Mondo

“Rome Meets the World” is how this festival name translates, and it’s through the music of artists from around the world that Rome meets the world every summer. This music festival is held on an island in the lake at the Villa Ada park, which is northeast of the Villa Borghese Gardens.

Festa de’ Noantri

There are several religious festivals in Rome in summer, but one you might want to clear the calendar for is the Festa de’ Noantri. It runs from mid-late July in the Trastevere district, and involves a procession through the streets with a statue of the Madonna del Carmine. That’s followed by two weeks of, essentially, a street fair. It’s a festival that dates back to the 16th century.

Rock in Roma

The annual Rock in Roma festival brings major international music acts to the city each summer, including the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Metallica, Megadeth, Neil Young, Smashing Pumpkins, Sigur Ros, The Lumineers, and Blur. The venue is near Rome’s smaller airport, Ciampino, at the Ippodromo delle Capanelle.

Isola del Cinema

Summer evenings are perfect for outdoor movie screenings, and in Rome the Isola del Cinema festival takes over the Isola Tiberina right in the middle of the Tiber River in Rome’s historic center. From mid-June through the end of September there are Italian and international films shown.

-Jessica Spiegel

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Summer Festivals in Rome

Rome's Tiber River is a lively place to be during the Lungo il Tevere summer festival

Rome’s often-quiet Tiber River is a lively place to be during the Lungo il Tevere summer festival

Some travelers try to avoid tourist hotspots like Rome in the summer – it’s hot, it’s crowded, and it’s expensive. But summer in Rome can be one of the best times of the year, thanks to all of the summer festivals and events that go on in the Italian capital.

There are plenty of things to do in Rome in summer, however, so if you don’t mind the heat or the crowds, here are some of the summer festivals in Rome not to miss.

Opera di Roma at the Baths of Caracalla

Often, Italian opera houses take the summer off. In Rome, however, the opera just changes venues – to the spectacular ruins at the Baths of Carcalla. Performances are outdoors, with dramatic Roman ruins as the backdrop, and the program changes every year. There are sometimes visiting performance groups from other countries, and the program may include ballet as well as opera and orchestral music.

Lungo il Tevere

Rome was once accused of turning its back on its river, but lately the city has been embracing the Tiber – Tevere in Italian – more and more. In the summer, the Lungo il Tevere festival runs from mid-June through the end of August and features vendors, restaurants, and bars in temporary shops along the river. It’s the place to be, often until the wee hours of the morning.

Gay Village

The massive Gay Village festival takes over the Parco del Ninfeo in the EUR neighborhood of Rome. The party lasts from June through September, and features live theater and music performances, dance parties, a film festival, plenty of bars and restaurants, and even an open-air gym. It’s become one of Rome’s most popular festivals, attended by locals and tourists alike.

Roma Incontra il Mondo

“Rome Meets the World” is how this festival name translates, and it’s through the music of artists from around the world that Rome meets the world every summer. This music festival is held on an island in the lake at the Villa Ada park, which is northeast of the Villa Borghese Gardens.

Festa de’ Noantri

There are several religious festivals in Rome in summer, but one you might want to clear the calendar for is the Festa de’ Noantri. It runs from mid-late July in the Trastevere district, and involves a procession through the streets with a statue of the Madonna del Carmine. That’s followed by two weeks of, essentially, a street fair. It’s a festival that dates back to the 16th century.

Rock in Roma

The annual Rock in Roma festival brings major international music acts to the city each summer, including the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Metallica, Megadeth, Neil Young, Smashing Pumpkins, Sigur Ros, The Lumineers, and Blur. The venue is near Rome’s smaller airport, Ciampino, at the Ippodromo delle Capanelle.

Isola del Cinema

Summer evenings are perfect for outdoor movie screenings, and in Rome the Isola del Cinema festival takes over the Isola Tiberina right in the middle of the Tiber River in Rome’s historic center. From mid-June through the end of September there are Italian and international films shown.

-Jessica Spiegel

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Rome in June: Weather, Events, & Things to Do

Rome's busy Trevi Fountain in summer. Creative commons photo by Andy Hay via Flickr.

Rome’s busy Trevi Fountain in summer. Creative commons photo by Andy Hay via Flickr.

The high tourist season in Rome gets started before summer technically begins, but by June it’s in full swing. There are certainly perks to visiting Rome in June – reliably nice weather being the biggest one – but there are some drawbacks, too. It’s important to know both before you go, so here’s what you need to know about spending June in Rome.

Rome’s weather in June is warm, with average temperatures ranging from 60-85F and sometimes going even higher. There’s very little rainfall in June, too, so you’re unlikely to need an umbrella as much as you’ll need sunglasses and sunscreen. Summers in Rome can be rather humid, and since many of the main attractions in Rome are outdoors – many of the Roman ruins don’t have much shade – it’s important to remember to wear sun protection, especially if you’re going to be touring those sites at midday. Take advantage of Rome’s excellent water fountains – bring a reusable bottle and refill it along the way with fresh, cold water. There’s even one right at the Roman Forum.

Crowds are thick in Rome’s high season, which means you’ll be waiting in longer lines to get into the top sights. Whenever possible, it’s a good idea to book tickets in advance so you can avoid waiting in lines. Another way to avoid those lines is to book “skip the line” tours in Rome – you get to walk past the queue and you get a guided tour at the same time.

One of Italy’s big national holidays happens on June 2 – the Festa della Repubblica, when Italy celebrates becoming a country. Rome is one of the best places to be on June 2, when a massive parade takes over the Via dei Fori Imperiali. Other festivals in Rome in June include the Festa di San Giovanni (June 23) when the San Giovanni neighborhood is full of people eating porchetta and snails in honor of the saint, the festival honoring Rome’s patron saints Peter and Paul (June 29) when a mass is held for each in the basilica named for him, and Rome’s Gay Village Festival. The latter runs for roughly six weeks starting in mid-June, and it’s turned into a very popular summer festival for all Romans, with music, theater performances, dance parties, and a film festival.

-Jessica Spiegel

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Roman Summer Festival – Estate Romana

Villa Doria Pamphili - Venue for Estate Romana

Summer in Rome is one long series of things to do.

From 16 June until 28 September 2012, the 35th Estate Romana brings the Eternal City alive.

From classical music to jazz to rock concerts, to movies and art exhibitions and theater, dance, writers reading etc, there’ll be something to excite everyone. There’s also a big children’s program; last year this included a huge science and technology fair with interactive games – you get the picture.

This creative joy is not confined to the inner city but happens everywhere, right out into the suburbs and beyond. And it’s not only found in the expected places like renowned theaters and music venues such as Ippodromo delle Capenell and Villa Celimontan for concerts and Villa Doria Pamphili and Foro di Augusto for theater, but events are also held in parks, hospitals, nursing homes, even prisons. There will be a film screen set up on the River Tiber Island along with popup bars and stalls. This is truly a festival which includes everyone.

This year’s Estate Romana program has yet to be announced but when it is you can find all the information on what’s on, where, when and how to book at: http://en.estateromana.comune.roma.it/.

-Philippa B.

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