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Summer Edition 2016

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Rome is a summer festival! It's hot all day and the shutters stay closed, but at night, the city moves outside to revel in the cooler temperatures. So many events to choose from throughout July! Then in August, the streets fall silent as Rome empties out for vacation. Check out our Arts pages for a full program. Here are some highlights:

Bruce Springsteen at Circo Massimo
On a world tour with his latest release, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set. The River, released in 1980, was Springsteen's fifth studio album. The boxed set was released some 35 years later, and the concert in Rome will feature performances of a substantial portion of that album.  So far on the tour, many of the shows have lasted more than three and a half hours with more than 30 songs performed. Each night of the tour will be mixed for release on as high-quality downloads and CDs. Recordings will be available within days of each performance. Undoubtedly the most sought after ticket of the summer season. Saturday, July 16. more

Queen at the Opera
A celebration of the works of Freddy Mercury and Queen with a 50-piece orchestra singers Federica Buda, Luca Marconi, Roberta Orrù, and Jordan Trey, plus 3D effects, projections, etc. Centrale Live, Saturday, July 23 more

Luglio Suono Buono at the Parco della Musica
The Cavea, the amphitheater at the Auditorium Parco della Musica is booked solid through July with a series of concerts ranging from avant-garde to classical:  Pioneering composer of New Age and synth music Jean Michel Jarré, Saturday, July 9; composer and pianist Keith Jarrett, Tuesday, July 12; legendary folk artist Joan Baez, Monday, July 18;  Santana Tuesday, July 19; Sting, July 17 and the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia Thursdays July 14, 21 and 28. Full schedule, videos, ticket prices and more

At the Baths of Caracalla
Against the stunning backdrop of the monumental ancient bath complex, the Opera di Roma presents a series of outdoor concerts and operas. The remaining lineup includes concerts by Lionel Richie (July 14) and Neil Young (July 15) , and, presented in repertoire, the operas Nabucco (July 11-August 9), Barber of Seville (July 18-August 10) and Madama Butterfly (July 29-August 8). Plus a gala evening of ballet featuring Italy's most celebrated dancer Roberto Bolle (July 25-26). Full schedule, videos, ticket prices and more

Lungo Er Tevere - Summer Along the Tiber
The annual summer extravaganza, a long row of tents housing shops, restaurants, dance clubs, concerts, art shows and more along the banks of the Tiber, from Ponte Garibaldi to Ponte Subicio. It's the most popular of all the summer attractions. Admission is free, there's plenty to do, and, it can get seriously crowded. But it's great if you get there early, just when the merchants open up at 7 pm, have a stroll, relax with a beer by the river, chill out. This year's theme is "A River of Culture," and for the first time you'll be able to enjoy a drink and view than magnificent mural by South African artist William Kentridge a parade of figures from Roman history, which covers the retaining wall from Ponte Sisto to Ponte Mazzini. At the six exhibition areas, there will be a series of art shows, classical music,Roman singer-songwriters, jazz, blues and more. Among the local restaurants setting up shop along the river this summer: La Fraschetta, River Grill Steakhouse, Chakr-Arte Café, Taqueria El Paso, Trattoria Sora Lina, La Crostaceria - not to mention a handful of lounge bars. Official website

Festa di Noantri
A little piece of Rome's history, this festival celebrates the day when fishermen on the Tiber pulled up a statue of the Virgin Mary. The event, held every year in Trastevere, is a neighborhood affair. The statue is paraded through the streets, stages are set up on corners with music and dancing, traditional and otherwise. Stands sell all sorts of stuff - best of all, they serve porchetta, delicious pork roasted on the spit with lots of garlic and rosemary. The festival was immortalized in Fellini's film "Roma." July 15 -30

Gay Village
One of the most popular of the Estate Romana events, with 15,000 square meters of dance floors, two stages, two restaurants, bars, a gym, and spaces for discussions and reading, stalls selling stuff, concerts, cabaret, a gay documentary film festival and theater. Everyone is welcome, regardless of sexual orientation. Parco del Ninfeo, Via delle Tre Fontane (Eur)..

Globe Theater at the VIlla Borghese
The Silvano Toti Globe Theater, on the grounds of the Villa Borghese, is a replica of Shakespeare's own theater, where every summer, works of the Bard are presented in Italian translation.This year, actor Gigi Proietti, the theater's artistic director, breaks with tradition to appear personally in an " Omaggio a Shakespeare From Edmund Kean to Raymund FitzSimons," July 8-17. The Merchant of Venice follows July 22-August 7; A Midsummer Night's Dream August 10-21 and A Winter's Tale, August 26-September 11. more.

Capolavori della Scultura Buddista Giapponese
A selection of sculptural masterpieces representing the introduction of Buddhism and Buddhist culture to Japan
9. Ecstasy as Sublime, Heart as Vector, 30 works by Pakistani artist Shazia Sikander is at the MAXXI. Capolavori dell’Antica porcellana cinese, masterworks of Chinese porcelain from the Son and Yuang to the Qing dyasties is at the Palazzo Venezia. Two exhibitions featuring multi-media installations by the important Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone are open at the MACRO Testaccio and the Mercato Troiano. La Misericordia nell’arte, masterpieces illustrating thHue concept of mercy, is at the Capitoline Museum. Banksy, works by the acclaimed street artist at the Palazzo Cipolle. Domon Ken, a retrospective of the master 20th century Japanese photographer at the Museo Ara Pacis. Alphonse Mucha, works by the iconic artist of the Art Nouveau are at the Complesso Vittoriana. A restrospective of work by the important 20th century photographer Mario Giacomelli is at the Palazzo Braschi. Quadriennali Capolovari Anni Trenta, a survey of the great Italian artists of the 1930s is at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna. The Correggio Experience, a multi-media event with video projections, an original musical score and even fragrances, at the Palazzo Espozioni. I Macchiaioli., masters of the pivotal late 19th century movement, is at the Chiostro Bramante. 

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