One of the pleasures of Rome is seeing a performance in one of the city's stunning venues, ancient or modern. This is the city where you might experience classical opera performed in the 3rd-century-AD Terme di Caracalla, or enjoy an experimental dance show in the postindustrial detergent factory Teatro India, or see a contemporary performance at the Renzo Piano–designed Auditorium Parco della Musica.

In summertime, most of the performing arts events move outdoors–-any public space is fair game. Keep an eye on the Estate Romana to find out what's happening in Rome on any night of the week. There is enough entertainment in Rome to take your breath away, in any season and in any location.

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  • 1. Oratorio del Gonfalone

    Campo de' Fiori | Music

    A small concert hall with an internationally recognized series of Baroque classics, the Oratorio del Gonfalone's mid-16th century frescoed walls are painted in high Mannerist style—a beautiful accompaniment to the music.

    Via del Gonfalone 32/a, Rome, Latium, 00186, Italy
  • 2. Roma Incontra il Mondo


    World-class headliners as well as its beautiful location in Villa Ada, a former monarch's residence, make Roma Incontra il Mondo one of Europe's most impressive world-music festivals. The summer concert series is held in the middle of the park and begins at 10 pm, followed by dancing until 2 am.

    Via di Ponte Salario 28, Rome, Latium, 00199, Italy
  • 3. RomaEuropa

    For six weeks in early fall, the RomaEuropa festival ignites stages and theaters as a collective, multi-venue avant-garde performing and visual arts program, showcasing international artists, installations, film, and performance.

    Rome, Latium, 00154, Italy
  • 4. Teatro dell'Opera di Roma


    Designed by Milanese architect Achille Sfondrini, Rome's opera house dates back to 1880 and is still world famous for its extraordinary acoustics. Not even these famed halls could have saved Maria Callas's 1958 performance of Norma, where she infamously walked out on the President of Italy due to health reasons. Today, the theater seats 1,600 in glamorous tiered boxes under a frescoed ceiling. It's an excellent venue to see opera in its original language or a contemporary ballet performance.

    Piazza Beniamino Gigli 7, Rome, Latium, 00187, Italy
  • 5. Estate Romana

    A summer-long, city-sponsored cultural series, many of these events are free and take place outdoors along the Tiber River and in piazzas all around the city. Look for cinema events, art programs, theater, book fairs, and guided tours of some of Rome's monuments by night.

    Rome, Latium, Italy
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  • 6. Festa del Cinema di Roma


    In the fall, cinephiles head to Rome for its annual film festival, two packed weeks of cinema celebration and celebrity spotting. The festival showcases Hollywood hits, Italian indie and experimental films, retrospectives and shorts, and conversations with global cinema icons.

    Viale Pietro De Coubertin 10, Rome, Latium, 00196, Italy
  • 7. Gay Village

    From the end of May through mid-September, the festival known as Gay Village hosts an outdoor mega-party held in a different central location each year. Each one more amazing than the last, Gay Village is larger than life with great bars, clubs, pop-up shops, and an international lineup of DJs and performance artists.

    Rome, Latium, Italy
  • 8. Il Tempietto

    Jewish Ghetto

    This series of unforgettable concerts takes place throughout the year in otherwise inaccessible sites, like the 1st-century Teatro di Marcello. Music runs the gamut from classical to contemporary.

    Rome, Latium, Italy
  • 9. L'isola del Cinema


    Every summer from June until September, the gorgeous open-air Cinema d'Isola di Tiberina hosts its own film festival on Tiber Island. The 450-seat Arena Groupama unfolds its silver screen against the backdrop of the ancient Ponte Fabricio, while the 50-seat CineLab is set against Ponte Garibaldi facing Trastevere. There's a mix of international films in their original languages, documentaries, and new Italian films as well as talks with cinematic greats. Screenings usually start at 9:30 pm; admission is €6 for the Arena Groupama, €5 for CineLab.

    Piazza San Bartolomeo all'Isola, Rome, Latium, 00186, Italy
  • 10. Multisala Barberini

    Piazza di Spagna

    One of the most commercial and central theaters in the city, Barberini is guaranteed to have at least one film on offer in its original language. It's the best place to see the latest blockbuster without dubbing or find an art film or a recorded opera playing on one of its multiple screens.

    Piazza Barberini 24/26, Rome, Latium, 00187, Italy
  • 11. Orbis

    Repubblica | Tickets

    An in-person, cash-only ticket vendor, Orbis stocks a wide array of tickets for music, cultural, and performance events.

    Piazza dell'Esquilino 37, Rome, Latium, 00185, Italy
  • 12. Rock in Roma

    Via Appia Antica

    From June through August, various locations throughout Rome, including the massive Ippodromo, host rock's top acts from all over the world.

    Via Appia Nuova 1255, Rome, Latium, 00178, Italy
  • 13. Silvano Toti Globe Theatre

    Villa Borghese | Theater

    This oak-and-thatch theater is a replica of the Elizabethan landmark in London. It stages Shakespeare in the middle of Villa Borghese, occasionally in English.

    Largo Aqua Felix, Piazza di Siena , Rome, Latium, 00197, Italy
  • 14. Teatro India


    Teatro India occupies a former soap factory and showcases the best in contemporary theater from local and visiting artists. Most shows are in Italian, but they have occasional English-language performances.

    Lungotevere Vittorio Gassman 1, Rome, Latium, 00146, Italy

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  • 15. Ticketone


    Ticketone is the go-to spot for all cultural event listings—from archaeological sites and museums to stand-alone events—in Rome. Online reservations require tenacity.

    , Italy
  • 16. VivaTicket


    One of Italy's largest ticket vendors (both online and at ticket offices), VivaTicket covers major musical performances and cultural events in Rome and throughout Italy.

    , Italy

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