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The best festivals and events of July in Rome

July is one of the busiest months of the year in Rome, when the number of tourists reaches its peak. It’s also very hot – summer temperatures may well exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius).

But if you can deal with the dense crowds and high temperatures, there are a number of worthwhile festivals and events each July in Rome. You will find that these events attract many local residents as well as tourists, thus offering good opportunities to celebrate the summer as the Romans do.

Here are some of our favorite events in Rome in July:

Along the Tiber

Along the banks of the River Tiber, which runs through Rome, this summer festival features a setup of food stalls, pop-up restaurants, arts and crafts vendors, live music, and even some children’s games and amusements. In the afternoons, when temperatures are slightly cooler, it’s a lovely way to spend a few hours. You can start at a bar or restaurant outdoors for a snack, then choose another for dining under the stars and listen to live music.

Lungo il Tevere takes place on the west (Vatican) side of the river and is accessed by stairs that lead to the riverbank. The town is established between Piazza Trilussa (in Ponte Sisto) and Porta Portese (in Ponte Sublicio). There is a wheelchair access point at Lungotevere Ripa.

Feast of the Noantri

Held in the last two weeks of July, the Festa dei Noantri (dialect for “Festival for the Rest of Us”) focuses on the Feast of Santa Maria del Carmine. This very local festival sees the statue of Santa Maria, adorned with handmade ornaments, moved from church to church in the Trastevere neighborhood and accompanied by religious bands and pilgrims. At the close of the festival, usually on the afternoon of the last Sunday in July, the saint parades in a boat through the Tiber.

Opera in the Baths of Caracalla

The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma presents its summer series in the ancient illuminated ruins of the Baths of Caracalla, possibly one of the most romantic places in the world to see an operatic performance. If you want tickets to one of these performances, plan ahead, as demand far exceeds the number of seats and performance dates. Check here other top places to attend opera in Italy.

Rock in Roma

Rock in Roma is a summer concert series that brings renowned artists to venues in Rome, including Circus Maximus and Parco della Musica. Past acts have included Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones. The 2019 lineup includes Ben Harper and 30 Seconds to Mars.

Outdoor music

Open-air concerts and other performances take place throughout the summer in Rome. Estate Romana lists some summer performances and events. At Castel Sant ‘Angelo, you will find music and performances in the evenings during July and August. The concerts take place in the squares and parks of Rome.

Cinema Island

From July to September, widescreen movies are shown outdoors almost every night during the summer on the island of Tiberina. This is also part of the Estate Romana (Roman summer) event series.

Tempietto Concert

This summer series, organized by the Associazione Il Tempietto, features orchestral music concerts at sites around the city, most often near the Teatro di Marcello archaeological site. International directors and musicians are usually the special guests.

Rome I meet the world

Just north of central Rome, the shady grounds of Villa Ada are the scene of a lively season of rock, blues, jazz, electronic and world music concerts, featuring international and Italian artists.

The Gardens of the Philharmonic

The Roman Philharmonic Orchestra offers this summer concert series on the grounds of Villa Borghese. The concert programs have as their theme the music of different countries, so the presentations can include, for example, works by all German, Polish or Argentine composers.

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