Natale di Roma; April 21: Oh yes, Rome celebrates its own birthday. Turning 2,770 years old in 2017, the city bases its annual festivities at the Campidoglio. This city hall is illuminated, along with other nearby palazzi, as festoons of fireworks hit the sky.
La Notte Bianca; September: The best part of La Notte Bianca is not all the shops, restaurants, theatres and museums that stay open until the small hours, nor the countless music, dance and drama performances. No, it’s the fact that, after 10pm, public transportation becomes free of charge!
Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma; October: What with recent James Bond caper ‘Spectre’ and the ‘Ben Hur’ remake both shooting in Rome, there’s extra buzz around the city’s fast-growing film festival, which takes place at venues across town. Expect a mix of arthouse edge and big-name blockbusters.