The best events and things to do in Rome in August

August 2022: What’s happening in Rome?

In August in Rome, hordes of tourists arrive on holiday in the Eternal City as much of the local residents escape the heat – heading for the mountains or the sea – to mark Ferragosto’s summer vacation in Italy .

Foreign visitors may be surprised to find some restaurants and businesses closed in August, but the city’s museums and archaeological sites will remain open as normal.

Although many of Rome’s summer festivals end the first week of August, a number of popular events remain open all summer.

These include the annual Lungo il Tevere initiative, with pop-up restaurants, bars and cultural events along the banks of the Tiber, as well as the jazz and swing music festival at Villa Celimontana and open-air films. air at the Casa del Cinema of Villa Borghese.

One of the main novelties of summer 2022 is the capital’s Cerchi e Fori program of cultural events which takes place on Via dei Cerchi (which runs parallel to the Circus Maximus) and Via dei Fori Imperiali (the street at side of the Roman Forum leading to the Colosseum). The free events include live music, dancing, circus acts, magic and theatre, taking place each evening from August 4 to 23, from 8:30 p.m. festival.

Rome’s summer opera festival at the Baths of Caracalla ends in style in early August with classics Carmen and The Barber of Sevillewhile theatergoers can enjoy the Shakespearean Festival at the Globe Theater whose Italian-language productions include Dream of a summer night.

One of Rome’s most unusual summer traditions takes place on the night of August 5 when the city recreates a miraculous fourth-century snowfall outside the Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore.Some of the major exhibits summer events in the capital include Titian at the Galleria Borghese and Robert Doisneau at the Ara Pacis, with the free opening of the capital’s national and municipal museums on Sunday 7 August.

Outdoor concerts of classical, jazz and folk music are also held every evening at the archaeological site of the Teatro di Marcello, as part of the annual Concerti del Tempietto programme.

The Colosseum holds its popular Moonlight Tours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout August. The “Luna sul Colosseo” experience lasts approximately one hour, with tours offered in Italian and English. The history and drama of ancient Rome come to life every night thanks to the Viaggi nei Fori project, with multimedia screens projected onto the ruins of the Forum of Augustus and Forum of Caesar.

Finally, for those looking to cool off, here are our guides to this year’s Blue Flag beaches in the Lazio region, lakes near Rome and the Eternal City’s best outdoor pools this summer.

For updated events in Rome, see our What’s On guide.

Jennifer C. Burleigh