Italian Festivals and Summer Events

Italians  have to make do with ten days of public holidays – a bit of a come down from Roman times when days off  took up whole months of the year! Still, there are plenty of public holiday activities to enjoy and if you are thinking of taking a trip here,  see if you can book in for some of the special events on offer. A bit of research will pay off – try and avoid haveing your flight arriving on a major religious feast day, since much of the city will close. Here are a few ideas of whats going on during the summer months in fabulous Rome.

colosseum at night

Estate Romana – July and August

During the event-packed Estate Romana (Roman Summer) festival, piazze, palazzi, parks and courtyards come alive with music from local bands, films are shown on outdoor screens late into the night, and cultural events such as readings and gastronomic events take place in venues around town. Many events are free; check local press for details. The website may change its address; it can, however, be accessed through the town council website at

Fiesta! Mid August

In the east of the City, running until mid August, you can enjoy a Latin American Festival, with performances from Latin American bands, together with some hip hop and rock stars. There are four main dance floors, dance classes for salsa and meringue great food and drink, and lots of Latin themed stalls for clothes, music, street food. Its fairly hectic and you’re advised to get there early – use public transport where possible, because parking can be challenging! It does cost to get in, but you can buy a day ticket which is still good value.

Cosmophonies – Festival Internazionale di Ostia Antica Mid September

From mid June to mid September you can enjoy the experience of a seat in the ancient Roman theatre of Ostia Antica, watching Cosmophonies. This is an international festival of theatre, dance and music – they have acts such as Morrissey, Caetano Veloso and Jackson Browne. It’s a fantastic night out, with quality entertainers giving their all in these remarkable surroundings. Its makes for a wonderful holiday memory. Entertainment.

Enzimi Festival – September

The Enzimi Festival is a free music, theatre and arts festival held usually in the middle weeks of September. It’s funded by local councils, and appeals to anyone with an interest in new sounds and great performance.  You can hear the best of the local bands, together with well known European and International stars, so there is a wide range of mainstream performances with edgey new bands. It’s a good opportunity to see up and coming talent, in some of the cities more off-beat locations.

Fiesta Internazionale di Roma – October

Rome now has its own Cinematic Film Festival. Before and after WW II, the Italian film industry was very successful, and this new festival encourages future film makers to publicise their latest efforts, and it’s gaining recognition as a serious Film Festival, so much so, it’s now linked to New Yorks Tribeca Film Festival!  The venues operate all over the city, so check the website for what’s on near your holiday base.

Cheap flights are easy to find now, as are flight and hotel packages; Rome gets busy but there’s always room for a few more!  Rome is such an exciting place to visit – packed with history, art and architecture, as well as lively public events like those above.