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Rome Marathon

Rome and Marathons have been connected for centuries. This is a great opportunity to be a part of or simply observe a sport that's been a tradition for ages.

Date: 07 April 2019 - 07 April 2019
Venue: Rome

Mostra delle Azalee

To herald the coming spring, the photogenic Spanish Steps are adorned with over 3,000 vases of azaleas. The pink, white and red blooms cover the steps in a profusion of vibrant colour making for a perfect photo opportunity.

Date: 13 April 2019 - 12 May 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Spanish Steps.


Procession of the Cross

By far the biggest event of Easter is the famous Via Crucis or ‘Way of the Cross’ procession, when the Pope leads a solemn torchlight procession from the Colosseum to the Palatine Hill to commemorate Christ’s last walk to Mt Golgotha. Along the way, the faithful stop at each of the 14 stations of the cross to say a prayer.

Date: 19 April 2019 - 19 April 2019
Venue: Colosseum.


Natale di Roma (Rome's birthday)

Not every city celebrates its birthday, but Rome does on 21 April each year. It was Romulus, suckled by a she-wolf as an infant, who went on to found the city in 753BC. Romans today celebrate the event with bands on Piazza del Campidoglio and fireworks over the River Tiber. Rome's monuments, archaeological sites and many museums allow free entry on the day.

Date: 21 April 2019 - 21 April 2019
Venue: Aventine Hill.


Primo Maggio

Each year on Labour Day, Rome celebrates with a free rock concert on Piazza San Giovanni. Over 700 artists line up for a turn on the stage before a huge crowd, occasionally joined by a high profile guest artist. The event began in 1989 and quickly grew into a major popular event, heavily covered by TV and the press. Get there early for a good view of the stage.

Date: 01 May 2019 - 01 May 2019
Venue: Piazza San Giovanni.


Estate Romana (Roman Summer)

Between June and September, Rome's city council puts on a summer calendar of events that turns the city into an outdoor stage. The programme encompasses music, dance, literature and film and events are staged at some of Rome’s most attractive parks, archaeological sites, villas and private courtyards.

Date: 01 June 2019 - 30 September 2019
Venue: Palalottomatica, Stadio Olimpico, Rock in Roma etc.


Festa di San Giovanni

Many celebrate the birth of St John the Baptist especially around his namesake church the monolithic, white Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano. During the festival, stalls serving pork roasted with herbs, snails and other local specialities are set up in front of the basilica. At night, the piazza is lit by torches.

Date: 23 June 2019 - 24 June 2019
Venue: Piazza San Giovanni.


Festa di Noantri

This festival is a celebration of the district’s working-class heritage and of the Madonna of Mount Carmel. Held in one of Rome’s most lively nightlife quarters, you can expect plenty of food, wine and dancing. The event culminates with an impressive fireworks display.

Date: 25 July 2019 - 25 July 2019
Venue: Piazza Santa Maria, Trastevere.


Romaeuropa Festival

Dedicated to featuring the very best contemporary artistic performances in the fields of music, theatre, opera and dance, the RomaEuropa festival is a huge cultural undertaking. Performances by emerging and leading international artists are showcased is special locations throughout the city as well as the main arts centre, the Auditorium Parco della Musica.

Date: 18 September 2019 - 24 November 2019
Venue: Auditorium Parco della Musica.


Rome International Film Festival

A real red-carpet event Rome’s nascent film festival showcases a varied programme of international premieres, documentaries, retrospectives, exhibitions, concerts and live shows. Inaugurated in 2006, it draws a bevy of A-list celebrities such as Martin Scorcese, Meryl Streep and Susan Sarandon as well as local stars such as Monica Bellucci.

Date: 17 October 2019 - 27 October 2019
Venue: Auditorium Parco della Musica.


Christmas Mass

The second largest church in the Christian world, the 16th-century St Peter's Basilica in Rome provides a moving setting for the celebration of Christ's birth. Each Christmas Eve the Pope gives Midnight Mass in St Peter's Square. Attended by a vast crowd of pilgrims, the speech is broadcast to over 40 countries. Visitors to this occasion need to reserve tickets through the Prefettura della Casa Pontificia.

Date: 24 December 2019 - 24 December 2019
Venue: St Peter's Basilica.

Free. Advance reservations required.

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The Fifteen Keys Hotel

This chic hotel in the Monti district in Central Rome has stylish, light-filled rooms that are just perfect to unwind in after a long day of sightseeing - if you need even more help to relax, just order an in-room massage. A breakfast buffet is available daily, and served in the courtyard garden in summer. Other facilities include a gorgeous bar and complimentary bike rentals.

Hotel de Monti

Hotel de Monti is situated on the third floor (no lift) of a 16th-century building in the bohemian Monti district, a ten-minute walk from Roma Termini station and a 15-minute walk from the Colosseum. The seven bedrooms are modest, but include air-conditioning, sound-proofing and en suite bathrooms, and a complimentary breakfast with excellent coffee is served in the room. Staff are extremely welcoming and helpful.

Hotel D’Inghilterra

In a prime spot by the Spanish Steps, this sedate and sophisticated hotel is where the poet John Keats stayed when he visited Rome in the 19th century. There are roaring fires in the public lounges where guests can relax with a book and a pot of tea.

Hotel d’Este

Sitting on the peak of the Esquilino hill, Hotel d'Este is a characterful, old-fashioned place with 31 charming bedrooms. Housed in a timeworn palazzo, rooms have high ceilings, period detailing and classic furnishings such as brass beds and mahogany-coloured dressers and wardrobes. Breakfast is served on a roof terrace.

The Beehive

Established by Californian couple Steve and Linda, The Beehive is deservedly one of the most popular, budget stays in Rome. Run with great personality and warmth, the house features dorms or private rooms with original artworks on the walls, a vegan and vegetarian café, a book exchange and a yoga studio.

Hotel Locarno

Close to Piazza del Popolo, the classy yet moderately priced Locarno dates back to 1925. It's full of atmospheric art deco details, from its rattling cage lift to the wood-polished bar. Each room is uniquely decorated with discreet antiques and coordinated Liberty-style wallpaper and fabrics. A real find.