May 2018 events in Rome

Wanted in Rome's day-by-day guide to the best events and things to do in Rome throughout the month of May.

1 May. Celebrate Primo Maggio with the free concertone at Piazza S. Giovanni in Laterano.
2 May. Be amazed at the winning entries in this year's World Press Photo exhibition at Pala Expo.

World Press Photo exhibition

3 May. The 11th Spanish Film Festival begins tonight at Cinema Farnese Persol in Campo de’ Fiori.
4 May. Stop by the Outdoor Festival at the Mattatoio, with tonight’s events featuring a vintage market.

Angel Olsen performs at Auditorium Parco della Musica

5 May. American singer-songwriter Angel Olsen performs at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.
6 May. First Sunday of the month means city museums are free today for Rome residents.

Giudizio Universale: Michelangelo and the secrets of the Sistine Chapel

7 May. Marvel at the spectacle Giudizio Universale: Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine ChapelSpecial discount for WiR cardholders.  
8 May. Attend the opening of 170 Racconti in Bottiglia whose glass bottles contain artworks by Claudio Magris at Fondazione Pastificio Cerere.
9 May. Engage in a discussion about 1990s music in relation to art at MAXXI’s event Il cantautore necessario.

Turner at Chiostro del Bramante

10 May. Celebrate the latest poems of Rome-based American poet Moira Egan at Keats-Shelley House.
11 May. Become enchanted with the Romantic paintings of Turner at the Chiostro del Bramante. Discount for WiR cardholders.
12 May. Travel to Castel Giuliano near Bracciano for this year's Festa delle Rose flower show.

Open House Roma opens the doors to Rome's most intriguing buildings.

13 May. Visit hundreds of new and ancient buildings for free with Open House Roma this weekend.
14 May. Catch Dennis Lloyd perform his global hit Nevermind at Teatro Quirinetta.
15 May. Enjoy the WiR card deal with Cinema di Roma and see an original language movie for just €6.
16 May. Cook up a plate of pasta with pecorino cheese and in-season fava beans – a spring delicacy!

The Klimt Experience in S. Giovanni

17 May. Klimt masterpieces are brought to life in the interactive Klimt Experience.
18 May. Start the weekend with an aperitif at Bukowski’s Bar. Bring your WiR card for a free half-pint.
19 May. Join the Europe-wide Notte dei Musei when museums open for free from 20.00-02.00.

Rose petal ceremony at the Pantheon

20 May. Make sure to queue early for the rose petal ceremony at the Pantheon. Also on 20 May is the annual Komen Race for the Cure, a 5-km run in central Rome to raise awareness for breast cancer.
21 May. Fans of gardens will love Festival del Verde e del Paesaggio at Auditorium Parco della Musica. 20 per cent discount on entry tickets for holders of the Wanted in Rome card.

Serena Williams is among the world's top tennis stars coming to the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

22 May. Don’t miss the tennis finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia today at the Foro Italico.
23 May. Head out to the Orion Club for a Jesus and Mary Chain concert.

Piazza di Siena

24 May. Rome's prestigious show-jumping competition Piazza di Siena opens today at Villa Borghese.
25 May. For a day of fun with the family head to Mattatoio for the ARF! comic-art festival.
26 May. Book a tour with WiR of Palazzo Patrizi to see an historical family’s private Roman residence.

Roma Summer Fest kicks off with the Arctic Monkeys

27 May. The Arctic Monkeys kick off the Roma Summer Fest at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.
28 MayBaubeach promises lots of fun for dogs, with a 10 per cent discount for WiR card holders.
29 May. See the roses in full bloom, without the weekend crowds, at the Rose Garden on the Aventine.

Rome's rose garden is open every day until 17 June.

30 May. Take in the ballet Manon at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Discount for WiR cardholders.
31 May. Explore the city in a new way and rent a scooter from Cooltra. Receive 30 per cent off the rental price with your WiR card.