Happening Now

Big news! Have you heard about YiR’s very own audio tour of Rome? Check out info and download link here!

Franco Novacco collection

Happening Now:

You know when someone you love is going to visit a city you also love and they ask you what they should do, there are certain events that pop up in your head and you think, they have to go there, they must do this or that, because these things are so spectacular, so city-defining, that you want everyone you love to be a part of it somehow?

Well guys, I love you, and I love Rome, and these are the two 2017 summertime events that I wouldn’t want you to miss:

Every summer, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, or Rome Opera House, gathers up its skirts and plonks itself down in the ancient thermal baths of Caracalla. This year’s events run from 13 June to 9 August and boast music from artists like Ludovico Einaudi and Franco Battiato (for real) and operas like Carmen, Tosca, and Nabucco. You can check out my article on the “estate a Caracalla” (summer in Caracalla) here — it’s from 2013 when I went to see Ennio Morricone and cried a lot because it was so wondrous (also for real, can’t take me anywhere), but the info on the events and the links to the opera website are still fresh!

Also music-related (because music is magic, that’s why) is the 16th concert season of the International Chamber Ensemble at the absolutely legendary, inimitable, Courtyard of Santo Ivo, playing from 13 July – 12 August. I first experienced one of their concerts in 2015, and have made it a point to go see one (or two, or in the case of last year, three) concert a year since then. You guys can check out my review here for all the info —as with the Caracalla review, it’s from my first experience but is still fresh and provides the link to the page where you can get details on the different 2017 concerts as well as booking information. Trust me on this: years from now, when you’re thinking about that trip you took to Rome, the Cortile will dance into your head, and their music will play in your ears, and you will remember with a smile.

Concerto Cortile shot 1

Whenever we’re covering an event or are really excited about something going on in the city, we’ll put all the relevant info up here for you guys!
We’d love for you to check out Flavia’s Like A Local page to stay up to date with reviews on her favorite places in Rome, from food to drinks to shopping! And for more tips, don’t miss her articles on the top 10 best free things to do in Rome, how to do it like the Romans do, 5 pitfalls to avoid in Rome and what to do instead, the 5 things you didn’t know you’d miss about Rome, and her top 5 day trip adventures from Rome!
 If you’re looking for a good read, check out our book review page, and if a fun tour is what you’re after, head here!


Looking for a body-and-mind-balancing reason to be in Umbria, Italy, this summer? A yoga teacher training is taking place in a rustic farmhouse in the mountains near Orvieto from 29 July – 11 August this year. There will be wondrous nature, amazing food, adventures and, of course, yoga galore. Check out Drishti’s website for all the info!

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