Beat the heat by enjoying summer night openings and special events at Rome sights. Here are our picks for the top places to visit:
Along the Tevere – thru September 1
The bank of the Tiber river comes alive at night with restaurants, bars, music, and shopping stalls. More information.
Castel Sant’Angelo – thru September 8
The castle opens its doors Tuesday-Sunday nights with special access to the Passetto di Borgo, the historical prisons and Clement VII’s bathroom. Concerts are held on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The rooftop restaurant is one of the city’s few reasonable priced restaurants with a view. Free guided tours are included in the entry ticket, with an English tour available at 10:30p. Advance ooking for the tour is recommended, visit the website for details.
Colosseum – Thursday and Saturday nights thru November 2
The night entry includes a tour of the Colosseum including the underground level and tunnels. Booking is mandatory, see website for details on the official website.
Gay Village – Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights through September 14
Rome’s annual summer festival for gays, lesbians and gay friendly people. The open air event features bars, dance floors, live music, theatrical performances, movies and much more. Website.
Concerts for Roma Capitale – thru July 18
The XXV edition of the Concerts for Roma Capitale takes place in Piazza Sant’Ignazio with nightly performances by Italy’s military bands at 9p. Free! More information.
Music Festival of Nations – thru October 4
Classical concerts held at Rome’s archaeological sight of Teatro Marcello every night throughout the summer. The program touches on Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism and the avant-garde. Website.
“Rome in a Nutshell” performed by the Miracle Players – thru August 2
An original, lighthearted look a the history of Rome from the time it was founded by Romulus until the Barbarians invaded. Free performance every Friday night at 7:30p in the Roman Forum. More information.
Villa d’Este (Tivoli) – Friday and Saturday night thru September 14
A unique opportunity to enjoy the view the fountains and the grounds of one of the most beautiful gardens of the Italian Renaissance. Many evenings also include concerts. Website.