Rome is a city famous for its spectacular history, cultural delights and gastronomic delicacies, but there are many reasons why 2016 is the perfect year to head out there. No matter what your preference in entertainment, you’ll be sure to find something, so here are the top four things to do if you’re planning a trip.
Take in an opera
What better place in the world to indulge in a bit of vocal culture than in the motherland of opera itself. If this is your passion, there are so many places for you to go. If you’re a traditionalist, you can head over to the majestic Teatro Costanzi (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma). For those who prefer something a little more romantic, how about a magical opera under the stars at the Terme di Caracalla? You should always book tickets in advance though via romeoperatickets.com, as showings tend to sell out fast.
Plus, during the summer season, there are many opera and ballet showings held at the Baths of Caracalla, a third-century public bathing complex. You can sit in the warm night air surrounded by ancient marble ruins from April to mid-June.
Listen to music in the open air
Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica is always a popular tourist destination, but this year has an added twist. Throughout the whole of July, the Auditorium will host its eleventh annual open air concert series, Luglio suona bene 2016. The summer festival will see many international artists take to the stage under the stars, and from Electronica to Classical, you’re sure to find something you love.
Head to the famous food and drink market
The Campo dei Fiori market is Rome’s oldest, and you’ll be in paradise if you’re a foodie. You’ll find the best catch of the day straight off the boats, the freshest fruit and vegetables, as well as towers of cheese for you to taste. You definitely won’t go hungry in this authentic Roman market, and you’ll be able to stock up your picnic basket ready for that concert under the stars.
Find a hidden treasure in the street art exhibition
Via Margutta is a narrow, cobbled street that you’ll find right at the very heart of Rome. It’s home to many antique shops and fashion sellers, but it also serves as a strong cultural attraction for art lovers. “I Cento Pittori di via Margutta” (One hundred Painters of Via Margutta), is one of the most popular exhibitions in Rome.
The outdoor art exhibition lines the streets of this area between 28th April-1st May, from 10am to 9pm every day, and the best part of all is that it is free of charge to attend. It showcases 100 Italian and International artists organized by a society called ““Associazione Cento Pittori via Margutta” since 1953.
We hope you get the chance to experience these events this year. If you’ve heard of any others taking place, we’d love to hear about them so please leave us a comment.