Cultural events in Rome over Christmas

Wanted in Rome highlights some of the more interesting cultural events taking place in the capital over the Christmas and New Year's holiday season.

The city's biggest show this Christmas is the Brueghel exhibition at Chiostro del Bramante, featuring work by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Brueghel the Elder. Also worth seeing is the enormous “Big Bambú” installation that everyone is talking about, by the American artists Mike and Doug Starn, at MACRO Testaccio.

Discover the eclectic work of noted Italian sculptor Luigi Ontani at Museo Hendrik Anderson, or visit Extraspazio in Trastevere which presents the stunning images of South African photographer Pieter Hugo whose manipulated portraits of almost 100 sitters provide unexpected results.

The Auditorium has an exhibition dedicated to the relationship between women and photography, featuring British actress Charlotte Rampling, as well as hosting the ever-popular Natale all'Auditorium, whose wide-ranging programme including circus acts and gospel singers will appeal to visitors of all ages.

Likewise the crib exhibition 100 Presepi has long been a fixture on the family Christmas calendar in Rome.

There are free musica sacra concerts in Rome's churches until 6 January as part of the Grande Musica in Chiesa festival, while fans of musicals can enjoy an Italian adaptation of My Fair Lady with Vittoria Belvedere and Luca Ward at Teatro Sistina.

To keep the kids entertained over the holidays check out our selection of children's events.


Full cultural listings across a range of categories can be seen in our What's On section.  

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Wanted in Rome is a monthly magazine in English for expatriates in Rome established in 1985. The magazine covers Rome news stories that may be of interest to English and Italian speaking residents, and tourists as well. The publication also offers classifieds, photos, information on events, museums, churches, galleries, exhibits, fashion, food, and local travel.
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