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Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

You don’t need to pop up to Milan or Verona to see opera as Rome has its own opera house, which opened in 1880 – the original building was named after the contractor who built it, Domenico Constanzi. The interior is appropriately... Read More

Stadio Olimpico

Stadio Olimpico

Built for the 1956 Olympics, this magnificent stadium in the classically inspired fascist era Foro Italico district, is home to both of Rome’s football teams, Roma and Lazio. So if you fancy a spot of the nearest the modern world gets... Read More

MAXXI

MAXXI

The most famous name you encounter at MAXXI may well be that of the architect: the striking building that houses this complex dedicated to contemporary creativity is the work of Zaha Hadid. It’s an amazing structure of intersecting... Read More

Macro

Macro

Although art in Rome will always mean classical and Baroque, it does have a fabulous contemporary gallery in the Macro (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma), which is housed in an old Peroni beer factory. The permanent collection includes... Read More

La Casa del Jazz

La Casa del Jazz

This 1920s villa set in a park used to belong to a Mafia boss – when he was caught in 2005, the city council repurposed its three storeys to house a 150-seat auditorium, café and record store. It’s home to all forms of jazz –... Read More

Galleria Lorcan O’Neill

Galleria Lorcan O’Neill

One of Rome’s most exciting galleries is run by an art dealer from London. His shows feature cutting-edge artists mainly from Britain, but with some international names thrown into the mix too. Past shows have notably included Tracey... Read More

Gagosian

Gagosian

Opened in 2007, the Rome branch of Larry Gagosian’s contemporary art empire is housed in a beautiful, colonnaded 1920s bank building on a steep cobbled lane, midway between moneyed Via del Veneto and the Spanish Steps. It launched... Read More

Cinecittà Studios

Cinecittà Studios

Second only to Hollywood in terms of cinematic history, Cinecittà is where classics including Ben-Hur and Cleopatra were shot, as well as most of Federico Fellini’s films. No longer quite as vital as it once was, nevertheless it... Read More

Big Mama

Big Mama

This intimate Trastevere basement is not just a great blues venue but a great place to enjoy rock, jazz and crossover music. A stop-off for international talent – Chet Baker is said to have played here – it’s also home to local... Read More

Auditorium – Parco della Musica

Auditorium – Parco della Musica

Arguably one of the finest performing arts centres in the world, the Auditorium (designed by architect Renzo Piano who’s also behind London’s Shard, Paris’s Pompidou Centre and Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museum) embraces three... Read More


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