High tourist season may be coming to a close, but in a city such as Rome there is always something to see/do! Here are 5 things to add to your calendar this week:
1. The Spanish Steps have reopened!
The Spanish Steps are one of Rome’s most well known landmarks and they have been feautured in numerous films – most notably seen in the 1953 classic Roman Holiday. After being closed for cleaning/restoration, the steps were officially reopened to the public on September 23rd. Although you may have missed the spectacular opening ceremony on the 23rd, seeing the Steps in their everyday glory is an important part of any trip to Rome.
Where to find them: Piazza di Spagna, Rome
2. International Street Food Parade
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Italy may be known for its cuisine, but sometimes it can be refreshing to mix it up. From September 30th -October 2, Rome will be having its very own international street food festival. The event includes over 60 food trucks and food stands featuring Italian, international and fusion menus. Whether it’s lampredotto toscano, empanadas, or fish & chips this festival is sure to satisfy every culinary craving.
When: September 30th (18:00-00:00); October 1st/October 2nd (12:00-00:00)
Where to find it: Ex Mattatoio Testaccio – Via Largo Dino Frisullo
Tickets: Free Entry
3. Marino Wine Festival
Commonly referred to as the Sagra dell’Uva Festival, this event is perfect for wine lovers and adventure seekers alike. The festival is one of the oldest and most famous in Italy including culture, food and (of course) wine – it even features a fountain flowing entirely from vino!
When: First weekend of October; note Sunday is the main day for festivities
Where to find it: Marino, Italy (1 hour from Rome by car; 30 minutes by train direct from Termini Station)
Tickets: Free Entry
4. Basim Magdy Art Exhibit
Winner of Deutche Banks’s 2016 Artist of the Year Award, Egyptian artist Basim Magdy is a force to be reckoned with. From September 15th to October 30th, Rome’s Maxxi Museum will be home to over 30 works by the artist – including photography, video and drawing installations. The exhibit explores the fluidity between reality/fantasy and – in some cases – can simply be described as out of this world. This exhibit is sure to provoke a great deal of thought from those who visit it.
When: September 15th-October 30th; Tues-Fri 11:00-19:00 / Sun 11:00-22:00
Where to find it: MAXXI Museum, Via Guido Reni 4a
Tickets: 10€ for adults, 8€ for students, 4€ for children
5. Roma Pop City Exhibit
Inspired by Italy’s urbanization/cultural evolution in the 1960s, this exhibit features over 100 works of Italian contemporary art. If you like thought provoking yet unconventional art, this exhibit is for you.
When: Until November 27th
Where to find it: Macro Museum, Via Nizzi, 138
Tickets: 9€ – 11€