October did not go quietly.
The weather was perfect – l’ottobrata romana – an Indian summer. We had perfect blue sky days and took advantage by exploring the city.
Just when we were all feeling pretty good about ourselves, central Italy was hit by a series of earthquakes. The first two occurred last Wednesday, forcing residents from their homes.
Then on Sunday, I was sitting at my desk at 7:40 am when I heard an unsettling thud. My California training kicked in and I was on my feat and in a doorframe in a second, watching the light fixture sway back and forth while our kitchen door swung on it hinges. A 6.6 quake, in the same area of central Italy destroyed the cathedral in Norcia, but thankfully there were no deaths.
We are hoping that November will be a quieter month, seismically.
Socially, however, there is plenty to do this November in Rome.
A lantern festival, natural wine tastings, jazz festivals and even a 10k for you activity seekers – here is what is on in Rome in November:
1 November: A national holiday in Rome – All Saint’s Day (Ogni Santi). Expect closures of government buildings and many businesses.
1 November: La corsa dei santi is a 10 km run that will take place in the center of Rome in honor of All Saint’s Day. The run starts at St. Peter’s Square.
4-6 November: Arts in Rome is hosting a three-day sculpture workshop in multiple languages.
5 November: A popup Persian dinner is planned at Latteria Studio. Tickets are limited but still available here.
6 November: Take advantage of domenica al museo, the first Sunday of the month, when many of Rome’s museums and landmarks are free. These include the Colosseum, Palazzo Spada, Palazzo Barberini, Galleria Borghese (with reservation) and Palazzo Braschi (with Roman ID).
6-23 November: The Roma Jazz Festival returns to the city with nearly three weeks of concerts scheduled at various venues in Rome. For a line up and tickets see the website.
11 November: Ever dreamed of going to school in Rome? The American University of Rome is hosting an open day from 3 – 7 pm to tell you more about their degree programs.
12 November: Expect all talk to turn to rugby as the All Blacks come to play Italy at Stadio Olympic. Tickets are still available.
12-13 November: Participate in an olive harvest and cooking class in nearby Sabina. Come for the day and learn techniques from an expert chef, or treat yourself to an entire weekend at the villa.
19 November: Emiko Davies, author of Florentine: The true cuisine of Florence, will be hosting an autumn flavors cooking class at Latteria Studio in Trastevere. If you want to try creating Florentine food in Trastevere, booking is essential.
19-20 November: More than 80 natural wine producers will gather at the Westin Excelsior for Vignaoili Naturale a Roma. If you are interested to sample a range of wines, I would suggest going. I have been to a previous edition and was able to try wines from all over Italy. Tickets are €20 for one day or €35 for both days, and should be purchased through the website in advance.
Think you need to go to Thailand to experience a lantern festival? Well, you may be able to take advantage of a more feasible location when the traditional release of colored lanterns takes place at Circo Massimo for the first time. The night begins with a guided tour of Circo Massimo, with the colored lanterns released at 11 pm. Some of the proceeds go to a children’s hospital. Currently being rescheduled in February.
29 November: Join Shahzia Sikander for a conversation at film screening at the American Academy in Rome. The lecture begins at 6:30 pm and will include a screening of Bending the Barrels, a video series that examines life at the Pakistani Military School of Music in Abbottabad.
Ongoing Exhibits this month in Rome:
Guerre stellari. Play!: Star Wars geeks unite! The largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia has opened as a show at the Vittoriano. More that 1,000 pieces related to the cinematic blockbuster are on display through 29 January 2017.
Contemporary art meets love: Through 19 February 2017, contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Indiana, and Gilbert & George will be shown together at Chiostro Bramante. The theme? Love, so I do appreciate that timing runs through Valentine’s Day! However, I have heard really mixed things about the show overall.
Edward Hopper at the Vittoriano: From 1 October 2016 to 12 February 2017, one of America’s most beloved painters of the 20th century will be on show at the Complesso del Vittoriano. Pop by the terrace for a coffee with a view of the Colosseum when you are doing exploring more than 60 works on display.
This post will be updated as more information about November events in Rome becomes available.