The Festa dei Noantri is centered around the Feast of Santa Maria del Carmine. This very local festival sees the statue of Santa Maria, adorned in handmade finery, being moved around from church to church in the Trastevere neighborhood and accompanied by bands and religious pilgrims. Festa de’Nontari street fair is held in the Trastevere District of Rome during the last two weeks of July.
The Tuscia Opera Festival, north of Rome, is a great chance to experience opera in a historic outdoor venue without paying a huge price. The Tuscia Opera Festival runs throughout July . Music is held in the piazza of a small, historic town and best of all, it’s free. Now that’s a way to stretch your travel dollar.
Culture returns to the Italian capital in the way of Estate Romana. Estate Romana comprises an annual summer festival in Rome featuring a combination of musical events, as well as films, art and culture across the Eternal City. This exciting festival runs throughout the entire summer season, and kicks off in July with cultural activities and events, suited for all tastes in the centre and city outskirts. During the Festival, you can look forward to a whole host of art exhibitions, dance performances, theatre productions, film screenings, and concerts of all kinds including opera, rock, pop and jazz. Thus, there will lots of entertaining activities for your children and events to enjoy as a family. Instead of the typical Roman sites and ruins, your family will actually be able to discover Roman culture first hand with the added bonus that some of the Estate Romana events are free.
Jazz and Image Festival takes place in the leafy Villa Celimontana park and features acclaimed artists (from Incognito to Italian jazz star Stefano Bollani) in an astonishingly beautiful setting. Lots of candles and torches give the place a magical aura. Wine and food stands complete the idyll.
The spectacular venue for the Opera di Roma’s summer season is a breathtaking archaeological site. Set designers usually exploit the unique backdrop of majestic Roman ruins with few props and dramatic lighting. Back-row seats are very far away from the stage – so don’t forget binoculars.