10 FANTASTIC THINGS TO DO IN ROME 2016
1. THE BOSS IS BACK !!
Bruce Springsteen is back on the 16th of July playing to a capacity 250 thousand people in Rome’s recently renovated Circus Maximus. Come and join the party and See Bruce perform in what could prove to be his swansong tour… The River Tour in Rome 16th July! http://brucespringsteen.net/?post_type=bruce_show&p=10030
2. ART EXHIBITIONS IN ROME
April till 26 June 2016 – Scuderia del Quirinale
Correggio also known Antonio Allegri and his contemporary Francesco Mazzola aka Parmigianino were 2 of the finest late Renaissance artists. Their works have been gathered from around the world and housed in one place for your pleasure.. Not to be missed! http://english.scuderiequirinale.it/categorie/exhibition-correggio-e-parmigianino
3. RUN FOR THE CURE 14 and 15th MAY – CIRCUS MAXIMUS!
We've all been running in our lives once upon a time but this must be one of the most scenic 5km charity runs in the world taking in Circus Maximus, Roman Forum , Colosseum etc and all for a wonderful cause – to raise money and awareness about Breast Cancer – the Run for the Cure is open to everyone and last year in excess of 80 thousand people took part… register online here then come and join the party.
4. TOUCHING THE HAND OF GOD
Anyone who comes to Rome absolutely must visit the stupendous Basilica of St Peter witnessing the art & architecture of Michelangelo and Bernini amongst other masters, and seeing the bones of St Peter. Situated in the Vatican visitors should also see the breathtaking Vatican Museums which culminate in the viewing of Michelangelo's masterful ceiling in the Sistine Chapel of God stretching out to touch the hand of Adam and man failing to try to touch the Hand of God.
5. LIFE'S A BEACH and OSTIA ANTICA
When people think of Rome they usually think of a maze of cobbled streets, or the Coliseum, or St Peters or crazy traffic, but few people realise how close to lots of beaches Rome actually is. In the hot summer months, hoards of Romans pour out of Rome onto the train and travel around 40 minutes to their favourite sandy spot and work to perfect their tans. The most notable destinations are Lido di Ostia or Cristoforo Colombo (with direct trains from Termini for just 1.50 Euros) and Fregene. Soak up the Italian sun, enjoy the sandy beaches tan yourself silly!! You can also get 1 stop before the beach and visit Ostia Antica a wonderfully preserved part of ancient Roman history – don’t miss it !
6. THE COLOSSAL COLISEUM
Synonymous with Rome, this icon of the Roman empire and it's military and gladiatorial past is truly a sight to behold. Remarkably beautiful when the sun kisses the stone, the Coliseum is a must-see in Rome and has the added benefit that it's adjacent to the Imperial Roman Forum and numerous ancient Basilica's which are also fantastic places to visit. Of course the Coliseum has witnessed rivers of blood in it's time, none more historically important than the blood of countless Christian martyrs who were slaughtered here and which means that now, the Church consider the site to be holy ground. Make your visit and immerse yourself in the history of the building and it's surroundings and the sheer awesomeness of the building and the age of the city, truly hit home. Unmissable.
7. EUR and the SQUARE COLISEUM
EUR built during the 1930’s has a surreal atmosphere to it … full of wonderfully white buidlings set in spatial surroundings EUR deserves’ a visit if solely to see Rome’s Square Coliseum. Easily connected via the Metro Line B please go see it. NB the Palazzo della Civilità (square colosseum) is now the head office of Fendi the Italian fashion label and is tastefully illuminated in the evening.
8. MONTI ROME’S HIPPEST NEIGHBOURHOOD
Monti is the most hip and happening area in the whole of Rome… full of cafes , trattoria’s, art galleries, wine bars and music schools Monti is the busiest most bohemian part of Rome and still has prices which reflect its student heritage – unlike the overpriced and over populated Trastevere… highlights in Monti include the Tre Scalini Wine Enoteca, the trattoria Suburra, Libro and Vino table football café and of course the oldest pub in the neighbourhood Finnegans.
9. AVENTINE KEYHOLE
Peek-a-boo!! Journey to the top of the Aventine Hill next to Circo Massimo and you may find a line of people queuing to look through a keyhole. Don't worry - they're not perverted peeping Toms but have found a truly amazing view of 3 separate sovereign states. Take a look for yourself to see what lies beyond the keyhole...
10. TESTACCIO & NIGHTLIFE
Sun-bathing on the coast, or wining and dining in the districts of Rome, or seeing the amazing tourist sites is all very well, but what about nightlife...? The most common place to go for clubbing and bars open all night is Monte Testaccio which is a hill surrounded by bars and clubs at its base. Dance the night away sipping cocktails till your hearts content. The area of Testaccio is also a great place for superb restaurants which serve typically Roman cuisine. Time to party!!!
now - 9 April 2016 – Silvia Camporesi; Atlas Italiae
now - 16 April 2016 – Alessandro Roma Exhibition
now - 24 April 2016 – Jimmie Durham Exhibition
now - 30 April 2016 – Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury Exhibition at MAXXI
now - 1 May 2016 – Botero: Via Crucis Exhibition
now - 8 May 2016 – Toulouse-Lautrec Exhibition at Ara Pacis
now - 2 October 2016 – Sporting Architecture of Pier Luigi Nervi Exhibition
25 February 2016 – Music in Bernini's Rome - Sant Agnese in Agone
27 February 2016 – Luca Carboni - Atlantico
27 February 2016 – Violinist Nicola Benedetti - IUC
28 February 2016 – Brian May - Parco della Musica
29 February 2016 – Eagles of Death Metal - Orion
7 March 2016 – Jo Jackson - Teatro Brancaccio
15 March 2016 – Stabat Mater - Auditorium Conciliazione
19 March 2016 – Uriah Heep - Orion, Ciampino
25 March 2016 – Ben Klock - Goa Club
29 March 2016 – Television - Orion, Ciampino
30 March 2016 – Prince Royce - Atlantico
9 April 2016 – Daniele Silvestri - Auditorium Conciliazione
13-14 April 2016 – Gianna Nannini - Parco della Musica
18 April 2016 – Chris Cornell - Auditorium Parco della Musica
28 April 2016 – Fabrizio Moro - PalaLottomatica
16 July 2016 – Bruce Springstein - Circus Maximus
24 July 2016 – Iron Maiden - Ippodromo di Camponelle
30 October 2016 – The Cure - PalaLottomatica
now - 18 March 2016 – Japanese Film Festival
25 March 2016 – GOOD FRIDAY VIA CRUCIS Procession with Pope Francis at Coliseum
now - 31 March 2016 – Japanese Gardens - part of the Japanese Festival
5-6 March 2016 – Rome Whisky Festival - Spirit of Scotland
18-20 April 2016 – Italy Bridal Exposition
now - 2 October 2016 – Sporting Architecture of Pier Luigi Nervi
25 February 2016 – Lazio v Galatasaray
27 February 2016 – RBS 6 Nations Rugby - Italy v Scotland - Stadio Olimpico
29 February 2016 – Lazio v Sassuolo
4 March 2016 – Roma v Fiorentina
13 March 2016 – Lazio v Atalanta
20 March 2016 – Roma v Inter Milan
3 April 2016 – Lazio v Roma
10 April 2016 – Roma v Bologna
17 April 2016 – Lazio v Empoli
20 April 2016 – Roma v Torino
24 April 2016 – Roma v Napoli
29 May 2016 – Harlem Globetrotters - Palazzo dello Sport