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What's On in May 2013 Rome

Strike Information: the next planned transport strike will be on Tuesday 14th May for 24 hours and will affect Alitalia airline.

For Events in Rome through 2013 click here.

Main Events

Labour Day - Wednesday May 1st is another public holiday in Rome, just six days after the last one. Make your way to San Giovanni for the annual open-air free concert / one-day festival featuring a host of top Italian and international acts. This year's headline act is yet to be announced after Italian rap sensation Fabri Fibra was cancelled after complaints about his lyrics.

International Tennis - Named 'Internazionale d'Italia' but also known as the Italian Open Tennis Tournament, this is a top class tennis tournament that attracts the world's greatest players. Beginning on 11th May and ending on the 19th May it is held at Rome's Foro Italico stadium.

White Night - On 19th May, all of the museums and galleries of Rome will remain open from 8pm until 2am with free guided tours and free entrance. Get some culture and get it for free!

Calendar at a glance

Mon 6th - Change of the Vatican Swiss Guard
Thurs 9th May - 350 Lamborghinis Thunder into Rome
Sat-Sun 11th-19th - Italian Open Tennis Tournament
Sat-Sun 18th-19th - International Flower Festival
Sun 19th - Museums Night
Sat 25th - Roma Contemporary
Sun 26th - Roma vs Lazio football derby match
Fri 31st May - Compeed Golden Gala Athletics Event

Music (Pop, Rock & Other)

Lana del Rey
Where - Palalottomatica
When - 6th May

Where - Intifada
When - 11th & 12th May

Roma PopFest
Where - Revolver Live Club
When - 17th - 18th May

Renato Zero
Where - Palalottomatica & Piazzale Dello Sport
When - now - 22nd May

Festival Suona Francese
Where - Parco della Musica
When - now - July

Rock in Roma Music Festival
Where - Ippodromo Capannelle
When - 29th - 31st May

Music (Classical & Opera)

Grigory Sokolov
Where - Auditorium Parco della Musica
When - 8th May

Budapest Festival Orchestra Tour
Where - Auditorium Conciliazione
When - 18th - 20th May


Brueghel - Wonders of Flemish Art.
Where - Chiostro del Brimante
When - Until 3rd June

Cubist Cubism - Wonders of Flemish Art.
Where - Complesso del Vittoriano
When - Until 23rd June

Helmut Newton - 200 photographs from the collections White Women, Sleepless Nights and Big Nudes.
Where - Palazzo delle Esposizioni
When - Until 21st July

The Age of Balance - The Days of Rome - large exhibition of ancient Roman art from the peak of the empire - the reigns of emperors Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius.
Where - Musei Capitolini Palazzo Caffarelli
When - Until 5th May

Titian - The great Venetian renaissance painter, known as Tiziano in Italian, goes on show this month until the summer.
Where - Scuderie del Quirinale
When - Until 16th June

Roma Contemporary - Capitals largest exhibition of contemporary art with visitors from all over Italy.
Where - MACRO Testaccio
When - 25th -27th May

Constantine 313 AD - Exhibition on one of Rome's greatest emperors and perhaps arguably one of the greatest influences on the world and Christianity.
Where - Musei Capitolini Palazzo Caffarelli
When - Until 15th September

10 Fantastic Things to Do in Rome in May


Give the other events the elbow and get yourselves down to the Foro Italico stadium for the Italian International Tennis Open - part of the Tennis ATP World Tour. Played on clay, this is a major tennis event in the annual calendar attracting the best professional players. "You cannot be serious!!" I hear you cry. Well I am.


I'm not talking about having a wee on an elephant's tusk. Far from it. I'm talking about having the opportunity to see one of the world's greatest pianists - Grigory Sokolov. Considered to be amazing, Sokolov rarely performs or records and for long periods was not allowed to leave his native Soviet Union. However, he is in Rome for one night only on Wednesday 8th May at the Auditorium Parco della Musica to show why he is considered the best of the best....


We've all danced and strutted around a room when no-one is looking, but this event is all about strutting your stuff and bustin' some grooves with EVERYONE looking. The auditions for the Hip Hop Dance Competition 2013 to be aired on MTV is where all manner of gangstas scare us with their dance skills. Dust off your sweatbands and put on your sequined gloves because the prize for the competition is a european FAME!


Anyone who comes to Rome absolutely must visit St Peter's Basilica and witness the art and architecture of Michelangelo and Bernini - and see 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, which depicts God stretching out to touch the hand of Adam and man failing to try to touch the hand of God.


When people think of Rome they usually think of a maze of cobbled streets, the Colloseum, St Peter's or crazy traffic, but few people realise how close to the beach Rome actually is. In the hot summer months, hoards of Romans pour out of the city onto the train and travel around 40 minutes to their favourite sandy spot and work hard to perfect their tans. The most notable destinations are Lido di Ostia (with direct trains from Porta San Paolo (Piramide Metro) for just €1.50 each way) and Fregene. Soak up the Italian sun, enjoy the sandy beaches and tan yourself silly!


Synonymous with Rome, this icon of the Roman empire and its military and gladiatorial past is truly a sight to behold. Remarkably beautiful when the sun kisses the stone, the Colloseum is a must-see in Rome and has the added benefit that it's adjacent to the Imperial Roman Forum and numerous other ancient monuments which are also fantastic places to visit. Make your visit and immerse yourself in the history of the building and its surroundings and the sheer beauty and age of Rome truly hits home.


We've all heard of the Dark Knight in Gotham City but few know about the White Night of the Eternal City. The White Night is held each year on 18th May and is when all of Rome's museums and galleries remain open until at least 2am (some all night) with free guided tours also on offer. FREE is the operative word however as there are also no admission fees. Gorge on art, culture and history - you'd be batty not to man.


Trastevere is a district of Rome that is popular with tourists due to its charming character, mazes of cobbled streets, vast array of restaurants and bars and lively atmosphere. The church of Santa Maria in Trastevere is a golden gem well worth a visit, but after this intake of culture, beauty and history, you can stroll around and enjoy a lovely meal or a cool glass of wine watching la dolce vita before your eyes. Monti however, is just as charming with just as good restaurants and bars but is, as yet, largely undiscovered by tourists.


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 three separate sovereign states. The view from the keyhole takes in Rome (Italy), St Peter's (Vatican) and part of the Maltese Embassy.


Sun-bathing on the coast, wining and dining in the streets of Rome and 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 - a small hill surrounded by bars and clubs at its base. Dance the night away sipping cocktails to your heart's content. The area of Testaccio is also a great place for superb restaurants which serve typically Roman cuisine. Time to party!

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