Explore Rome: July 2016 Events

Hey. Hi. How are ya?

It’s getting hot, which means I am slowing way way down.

via dei coronari gelato

Even as July (how?? HOW IS IT JULY??) temperatures rise, there are plenty of options for Rome events.

Summer in Rome is what you make of it.  You can lament your poorly functioning (or non-existent) AC or you can get right out there into the sticky mess of a city and embrace all there is to do in the July.

Don’t worry. You can have good hair days again once late September rolls around.

Here is what is on in Rome in July:

All July: Throughout the entire month, the Festival Trastevere Rione del Cinema will host a nightly movie in Piazza San Cosimato. The screenings start at 9:15 pm every night, and range from animated flick Toy Story to the 1949 Thriller The Third Man. For 60 summer nights, you can enjoy a different movie under the stars. A full programme, detailing the film schedule as well as indicating which have English subtitles is available here.

All July: Rome’s river bars are open, but are careful not to block Triumphs and Laments, as part of  Estate Romana 2016).

All July: Looking for even more outdoor movie options? Casa del Cinema has you covered with Effeto Notte in Villa Borghese. Showings range from Shakespeare to international classics, so be sure to check the schedule (in Italian) here.

Various dates: More interested in music than movies? Casa del Jazz is hosting a summertime line up that you can see here.

Various dates: Villa Ada becomes the backdrop for a series of summer concerts. The lineup remaining for summer includes Alan Parsons, Lucinda Williams, Luca Carboni and many more.

Every weekend: It’s your last chance to do some vintage shopping at quirky Mercato Monti before it closes for the month of August.

7 July: After funding the restoration of the Trevi Fountain, which opened again late last year, Fendi will celebrate 90 years of design with a fashion show at 7:30 pm at the famous landmark.

The Trevi Fountain in Rome

7-10 July: The Cinecittà Film Festival returns for its 3rd edition, with 4 days of free film screenings, in the gorgeous setting of Parco degli Acquedotti.

8 July: Head to Latteria Studio in Trastevere for a 7 pm pasta making class with Carla Tomasi. Cost is 55 euro per person, and plenty of good eats are guaranteed.

8 July: The Gasometro is opening again for summer! From 9 pm to 4 am there will be various events in the reclaimed urban space. Expect dancing, live music, and even a little volleyball. More info is here.

9 July: Open Day at Testaccio Market! Food, music and cooking demos abound as the market stays open after hours.

Mercato Testaccio Vino

Various dates from 9 July: Three operas will be staged at Terme di Caracalla throughout the month and into early August. Among the ruins, you can watch Madame Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, and Nabucco.

15-18 July: Eataly is hosting a supplì festival, with the third floor of the specialty food emporium completely dedicated to fried balls of goodness.

16 July: Bruce Springsteen plays at Circo Massimo. Tickets are available here for about €100.

23 July: I am super tempted to take Carla Tomasi’s Saturday bread making course. The class at Latteria Studio begins at 9:30 am and will include focaccia with semola rimacinata, pizelle napoletane a pane casareccio.

27 July: In keeping with the summer headliners, Sting is coming to Rome. The musician will play a show at Auditorium Parco della Musica and tickets are available here.

30-31 July: Ex Dogana is hosting a watermelon festival and I am soooo sad to miss it. I #$%ing love watermelon. There will be watermelon granita, watermelon cocktails, and a watermelon eating contest. Oh, and also music and whatnot. But mainly watermelon.

Ongoing exhibits: 

Banksy at Palazzo Cipolla: One of the largest shows of work by the artist Banksy is taking place in Rome through 4 September. The show pulls together works from private collections around the theme War, Capitalism and Liberty.

Roma Anni Trenta: The Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Villa Borghese is hosting an mix of styles and techniques around the 1930s theme.  I definitely want to see this one, and you have until 30 October to make it to the show.

Roma anni 30

Barbie. The Icon. Yes, really. A Barbie exhibit at the Vittoriano, which I hear is really quite good. Of course, I have heard this from my 8-year-old friend of Ai Marmi fame. The exhibit tells the story of the ageless doll from 1959 to present, and runs through 10 October.

Still looking for more? Try my posts on things to do in Rome or get off the beaten path and explore the unexpected Rome.

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