What to do in Rome in September 2018

Wanted in Rome's day-by-day guide to the best events and things to do in Rome during September.

As the outdoor summer festivals draw to an end, Rome looks forward to an autumn full of exciting cultural and social events, from Shakespearean theatre to cutting-edge dance and music at Romaeuropa Festival. The city's foreign cultural academies reopen and the capital gets ready for several blockbuster art exhibitions, while it is still warm enough for dinner and drinks outside, even a trip to the beach. Here are our suggestions, one for each day of September.

1 Sept. If you are a porchetta fan head to Ariccia in the Castelli Romani for the Sagra della Porchetta.

This year's Sagra della Porchetta is from 31 August-2 September

2 Sept. Participate in possibly the last free museum Sunday in Rome before #Domenicalmuseo ends.
3 Sept. See the long-lost Donatello bust of S. Lorenzo at Palazzo Venezia. 

Donatello's long-lost S. Lorenzo currently on display at Palazzo Venezia.

4 Sept. Explore the city on a scooter from Cooltra. Use your WiR card for a 30 per cent discount.
5 Sept. Celebrate the legacy of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury with a rock quiz, live music and Freddie moustaches at the Hard Rock Cafè.

Celebrate Freddie Mercury's birthday at Hard Rock Cafè

6 Sept. Sit in on the monthly session of Old-Time and Bluegrass music at Chakra in Trastevere.
7 Sept. Marvel at Giudizio Universale: Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel. Special discount for WiR cardholders.
8 Sept. Enjoy one final night of jazz at Village Celimontana before the festival wraps up for the summer.

Live jazz at Village Celimontana.

9 Sept. WiR cardholders can enjoy a free half-pint of beer at Bukowski’s Bar in Borgo Pio.
10 Sept. Tonight Gianicolo in Musica offers free comic improv theatre with amazing views over Rome.
11 Sept. Book a night in Sperlonga and combine two beach days with dinner in the old town.

Take a trip out of town to Sperlonga 

12 Sept. Check out veteran American rockers Pere Ubu on their Monkeynet Tour live at Monk Club.
13 Sept. See American singer-songwriter David Crosby perform at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.

David Crosby at the Auditorium Parco della Musica

14 Sept. American Indie rock band Mercury Rev performs an acoustic set at Chiesa Evangelica Valdese.
15 Sept. Experience a Rome food market with tours and live music at Mercato Testaccio Open Day.

Open Day at Mercato Testaccio

16 Sept. Catch an Italian version of The Taming of the Shrew at Rome's very own replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in Villa Borghese.
17 Sept. Enjoy a drink with friends as the sun sets over the sea at Singita Miracle Beach at Fregene.

Watch the sun go down over the sea at Singita

18 Sept. If you fancy a cultural trip out of town, travel to the five-sided Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola.
19 Sept. Romaeuropa Festival opens with Kirina, a lively display of dance and music uniting African and western cultures.

Romaeuropa Festival opens with Kirina

20 Sept. Teatro dell’Opera di Roma presents the ballet Sleeping Beauty. WiR cardholders get 10 per cent discount on tickets.
21 Sept. Sample Rome's best haute cuisine or take part in a masterclass with top chefs at Taste of Roma.

Taste of Roma returns to Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica

22 Sept. Update your look at globally renowned hairdresser TONI&GUY. WiR cardholders get 15 per cent off salon services.
23 Sept. Choose from a multitude of cultural events in Rome to mark the European Heritage Days.
24 Sept. Pamper yourself with a relaxing spa treatment at QC Terme near Fiumicino.

Spa and wellness treatments at QC Terme

25 Sept. Walk along the Passetto di Borgo papal escape route linking Castel S. Angelo to the Vatican.
26 Sept. For delicious cocktails stop by Club Apres in Prati. Bring your WiR card for free entry.
27 Sept. Experience the history of the Eternal City with the multimedia show Welcome To Rome. Free for WiR cardholders.

Welcome to Rome

28 Sept. For a fun evening in English check out Rome's Comedy Club at Makai Surf and Tiki Bar. 
29 Sept. A new site-specific art exhibition dedicated to dreams opens today at Chiostro del Bramante.

Dream: L'arte incontra i sogni at Chiostro del Bramante.

30 Sept. Grab a bargain at the chaotic Porta Portese Sunday market but watch out for pickpockets!