Up until a few years ago, Rome became a ghost town in August as all Italians went on vacation.

Up until a few years ago, Rome became a ghost town in August as all Italians went on vacation. This is no longer the case and many people stay put for August. This is likely why the Roman summer continues with lots of events.

We've already told you about restaurants and terraces to check out. What else is going on in Rome in August?

Outdoor cinema

If you love outdoor cinema, movie nights are keeping going all month in Piazza Vittorio as well as the movies on Tiber Island.

Credits and info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/isoladelcinema/

Reenactment of the historical snowfall

It's hard to imagine during this hot summer that centuries ago it snowed in Rome in August! According to legend, the Virgin Mary showed where she wanted a church built in her honor by sending a snowfall. Now every August 5, the miracle is commemorated with a rain of flowers during the 10:00 am mass and at Vespers at 5:00 pm.

"Viaggio nei Fori"

Evening tours of the Roman Forum continue throughout August — two trips use lights, sounds and stories told in eight languages to let you relive the glories of Rome's past.

Forum of Augustus: 9.00 pm - 10.00 pm - 11.00 pm

Forum of Caesar: from 8.40 until 11.40 pm

Info: http://www.viaggioneifori.it/en/

Villa Ada

Concerts, DJ sets and shows are happening in the cool green space of Villa Ada's park. Eat the best pizza at Stefano Callegari's or Rome's famous supplì by the small lake.

Credits and info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/VillaAda.Fest

Castel Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo is open until late at night during August. In the gardens along the Tiber, check out the stalls to buy books or participate in Summer Readings.

Credits and info: http://invitoallalettura.org/

Ferragosto

Ferragosto is celebrated throughout Italy on August 15 with lavish lunches and beach trips. Some museums and shops may be closed (always check!).

In the evening, take in a concert at the Tempietto del Teatro di Marcello; Hiroshi Takasu plays famous pieces by Bach, Vivaldi, Rossini, and Liszt.

 

The subway will run as usual throughout August. It has extended hours on Friday and Saturday nights, running until 1:30 am.


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