If you love your culture and art, Rome is a wonderful destination for you. As you will see it has a huge amount to offer.
Enjoying opera in Rome
Since 1880, the residents of Rome have been enjoying opera performances. This performing art has a huge following in the city. You can find out more about the city’s modern opera scene by clicking the link. As you will see you can enjoy traditional performances in the Teatro Dell’Opera. Or, if you prefer, attend an outdoor opera event. There is also the chance to enjoy more intimate performances in some of Rome’s churches.
Choral and other types of classical music
You can also enjoy choral music in various venues around the city. The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Basilica of Santa Maria Degli Angeli e dei Martiri both have excellent choirs. For chamber music, book your break during the Rome Chamber Music Festival, which takes place in June.
Other styles of music
Rome is becoming an increasingly musical city. There are numerous festivals held throughout the year, particularly during the summer months.
Plus, lots of clubs, bars and restaurants now offer their clients the chance to enjoy live music. You will find everything from hip-hop to jazz and folk music being performed in Rome. Most of the city’s fiestas also feature traditional bands.
Rome’s eclectic theatre scene
If you are looking for something to do in the evening when most of the tourist attractions are closed, why not go to the theatre to see a show. There is always something interesting going on at the Teatro Olimpico including plenty of dance performances.
Like London, Rome has a Globe Theatre where Shakespeare’s plays are performed. Mostly in Italian, but they do offer a few English performances throughout the year.
Interestingly, there is an English theatre company based in Rome. The Off Night Repertory group performs comedies, the classics and interesting new productions.
Enjoy the magnificent statues in Rome
Rome is stuffed full of beautiful sculptures. Virtually every plaza has at least one. Most of the museums have big collections or are decorated using them. The Palazzo Massimo Alle Terme is a good example.
If you want to see something really different head to the Capuchin Crypt, where the bones of monks have been arranged to produce amazing sculptures. It is not for everyone, but provided you don’t think it will creep you out too much it is really worth a visit. It is possible to arrange your visit so that it coincides with one of the baroque music concerts that are held there. From the reviews, I have read this is clearly an experience few people forget in a hurry.
Enjoy Rome’s many art galleries and paintings
The great thing about Rome is that you do not have to limit yourself to the above list of cultured things to do. It really is just the tip of the iceberg. This website, which is all about travel for culture lovers, offers a more extensive list. Get started by reading their article on the art scene in Rome.