What to do in Rome in September 2019

Wanted in Rome's day-by-day guide to the best events and things to do in Rome during September 2019.

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. Rome's city-run museums are open free to residents of the capital.

Rome municipal museums are free to residents on 1 September

2 Sept. Catch one last open-air movie with Isola del Cinema on Tiber Island.
3 Sept. Take in some live music in easy-going surroundings in the Giardino at Monk Club.

Bulgari at Castel S. Angelo. Photo Il Messaggero.

4 Sept. See Bulgari jewels from the Dolce Vita era at Castel S. Angelo.
5 Sept. Celebrate the legacy of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury at Hard Rock Cafè on Via Veneto.
6 Sept. If you are a porchetta fan make your way to Ariccia for the annual Sagra della Porchetta.

Sagra della Porchetta at Ariccia in the Castelli Romani

7 Sept. Catch a concert by the Harmonia Sacra choir at the cathedral in Frascati.
8 Sept. Pamper yourself with a relaxing spa treatment at QC Terme near Fiumicino.

QC Terme

9 Sept. Admire the masterpieces of Renaissance master Luca Signorelli at the Capitoline Museums.
10 Sept. Enjoy the final night of jazz at Village Celimontana before the festival ends.
11 Sept. Book a night in Sperlonga and enjoy two beach days and an evening in the old town.

Gigi Proietti at Rome's Globe Theatre. Photo Marco Borelli.

12 Sept. Catch an Italian version of Riccardo III at Rome's replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
13 Sept. Marvel as Calder collaborates with Kentridge at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
14 Sept. Enjoy a coffee outdoors at Tram Depot, an old tram converted into a bar, in the Testaccio area.

Sunset at Singita

15 Sept. Enjoy a drink with friends as the sun sets over the sea at Singita Miracle Beach at Fregene.
16 Sept. Explore the newly-opened section of tunnels at the Baths of Caracalla.

Romaeuropa Festival. Furia by Lia Rodrigues ©Sammi-Landweer.

17 Sept. Romaeuropa Festival opens with Furia by Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues.
18 Sept. If you fancy a cultural trip out of town, travel to the five-sided Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola.


Palazzo Farnese at Caprarola.

19 Sept. Update your look at globally renowned hairdresser TONI&GUY. 15 per cent off with WiR card.
20 Sept. Take a day trip to the relaxing hot springs near the Tuscan town of Saturnia.

Tuscan hot springs at Saturnia.

21 Sept. Sample the best of Roman haute cuisine or take a masterclass with top chefs at Taste of Roma.
22 Sept. Visit Rome's beach-side S. Severa Castle under the stars.

Castello di S. Severa has been rated among the World's Greatest Places by Time magazine.

23 Sept. Choose from a multitude of cultural events in Rome to mark the European Heritage Days.
24 Sept. Tracey Emin returns with her sixth exhibition at Rome's Lorcan O'Neill Gallery.

Cocktails at The Court

25 Sept. If you fancy a cocktail with a birds-eye-view of the Colosseum, head to The Court.
26 Sept. Be among the first to see the Bacon and Freud show at Chiostro del Bramante.

Bacon, Freud and the School of London at Chiostro del Bramante. Girl with a White Dog (1950-1) by Lucian Freud. © Tate.

27 Sept. For lots of laughs make your way to Rome's Comedy Club in the Ostiense area.
28 Sept. See the links between science and art with ArteScienza at Auditorium Parco della Musica.
29 Sept. The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride returns to Rome to raise funds for cancer research.

Porta Portese flea market

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