Rome Events in September

What's on in Rome in September

View of the Spiral Staircase at the Vatican.
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September sees Romans returning from their summer holidays. So as the Italian summer heat begins to subside, the city of Rome slowly begins to buzz with things to do. Here are the few festivals and events that happen each September in Rome.

July Through Late September: Isola Del Cinema

Widescreen movies are shown outdoors during Isola Del Cinema on Tiberina Island almost every night in the summer. At this celebration of Italian cinema, you can watch films made by both legendary and emerging filmmakers.

This is part of Estate Romana, or Roman summer, which also includes concerts, theater, and other events.

Early September: Beginning of Soccer Season

Europeans love their soccer, and Romans get a double dose. Their home has two soccer ("calcio" in Italian) teams: AS Roma (crimson and gold) and SS Lazio (baby blue and white).

Although these teams are bitter rivals, they do share a soccer stadium, the 70,000-seat Stadio Olimpico, which is one of the world's most famous sports venues. If not sold out, tickets for games, which typically occur on Sundays, can be purchased online, over the phone, at the stadium, or at the teams' official stores throughout the city.

Mid- to Late September: Arts, Crafts, Antiques Fairs, and Food

Several arts and crafts fairs take place in Rome in September. There is an art fair along the street of Via Margutta, an area known for its collection of hip and high-art studios.

It was also home to film director Federico Fellini and is where parts of "Roman Holiday" were filmed. Also in September, usually the last week, there is a crafts fair in Via dell'Orso near Piazza Navona.

If you like gelato—Italy's delicious gift to the world—be sure not to miss Gelato Fest Europa, held in mid-September.

Here you can sample the work of gelato artisans from all over Europe as they compete for the title of the best gelato in Europe. Don't miss the flavors they create specifically for this event.

Taste of Roma is a foodie's paradise that happens the third week of September. You can sample food from some of Rome's top chefs and take cooking courses. More than 28,000 people attend.