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Summer Vacation Edition
It's summer! As the RomaEstate festival runs down we bring a round up of the remaining events. See you in September!
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Music at the Villa Giulia
At the ninfea on the grounds of the Villa Giulia which houses the Eturscan Museum, a series of concerts presented by the Roma Sinfonietta. Some highlights: the ever popular Carmina Burana, Friday, July 25 and an evening of music from film score's by the great Nina Rota, Fellini's collaborator and the composer of scores for The Leopard and The Godfather, conducted by Marcello Rota, Saturday, July 26. Concerts continue through Thursday, August 7. more

At the Auditorium: Marta Argerich
A pre-season series of concerts features four international orchestras. The highlight: Orquestra Sinfonica Juvenil da Bahia Ricardo Castro, conducting with Martha Argerich, one of the world's greatest living pianists, performing Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto, September 15. more

At the Cavea: Final Concerts
The final week of concerts at the Cavea, the outdoor amphitheater at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, begins with two of the greatest living jazz musicians, pianist Herbie Hancock and sax player Wayne Shorter, Saturday, July 26. Then Scottish band Simple Minds brings their greatest hits tour to Rome, Sunday, July 27 and pop diva Loredana Bertè celebrates her 40 year-long career Monday, July 28. Popular Italian singer Roberto Vecchioni takes the stage Thursday, Septmeber 31, and the festival closes with superstar band Avion Travel, fronted by singer-actor Pepe Servillo, Friday, August 1.  more

Invito alla Danza: Stuttgart Ballet Gala
This summer's festival on the grounds of the Accademia Nazionale della Danza on the Aventine hill, closes this week with a grand finale, as the Stuttgart Ballet celebrates its 40th year, showcasing its principal dancers, Thursday, July 31. more 

Roberto Bolle, La Bohème and the Barber of Seville at Caracalla
At Caracalla, the summer home of the Opera di Roma, with the magnificent backdrop of the ancient Roman baths, three presentations complete the summer lineup. Ballet Superstar Roberto Bolle presents one of his gala "and friends" eveings, featuring principal dancers of the major ballet companies, Friday, July 25. Puccini's La Boheme in a new co-production with the the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia di Valencia, is performed with piano, thanks to the intransigence of a minority of the orchestral musicians who have gone on strike. Saturday, July 26; Tuesday, July 29; Thursday, July 31; Saturday, August 2; Monday, August 4, Thursday, August 7; Saturday, August 9. And a new production of another popular opera, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, designed with the look of a vintage musical film and directed by Lorenzo Mariani, proceeds according to plan with the smaller orchestra specified by the composer, Monday, July 28; Wednesday, July 30; Friday, August 1; Tuesday, August 5; Wednesday, August 6; Friday, August 8. more 

Fontanone Estate
At the magnificent Fontana dell' Acqua Paola atop the Janiculum Hill overlooking all of Rome, a summer festival largely featuring theatrical presentations in Italian, sprinkled with a few musical evenings. Some highlights: La Canzone Napoletana e i Grandi Poeti dal 1200-1900 Saturday, August 9; Giuseppe Nova, flute and Marta Facchera, harp, Wednesday, August 27; Germano Mazzocchetti Ensemble, Sunday, August 31. The festival continues through September 7. more

Silvano Toti Globe Theater
On the grounds of the Villa Borghese, an exact replica of Shakespear's Globe Theater is the scene of a summer festival is the scene of a summer festival prestenting the bard's plays in Italian translation. This year's offerings: Romeo and Juliet, through August 3; A Midsummer Night's Dream, August 6 - 17; Much Ado About Nothing, August 22 - September 7; Love's Labor Lost, September 11 - 24. more 

The Water Garden of the Villa d'Este by Night
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the spectacular water garden of the Villa d'Este in Tivoli is surelyone of the most enchanting places on earth. But at night, when the gardens are lit with consumate artistry, they become pure magic. Beginning this week, the gardens will be open from 8:30 to midnight with special evenings devoted to music and to Renaissance cuisine. www.villadestetivoli.info

Lungo Er Tevere: Tents along the Tiber
The most popular event of Rome's summer festival, the Estate Romana, has opened on the banks of the river from Trastevere to Castel Sant'Angelo, featuring shops, restaurants, bars, dance stages and exhibitions, and on the Isolo Tiberina, a movie theater in an enormous tent. It gets seriously crowded around ten pm, but if you get there when it opens up at 7 pm, you can enjoy an icy beer in a breezy atmosphere, perfect for a summer evening.www.lungoiltevereroma.it

In the Museums
At the Palazzo Venezia, Roma prima capitale d’Europa liberata 1944-2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Rome. At the Museo Nazionale Etrusco Di Villa Giulia, Made in Italy. Una visione modernista, a tribute to Italian fashion. At the Palazzo Incontro, Urban Portraits, a group exhibition themed around the rapport between man and urban space, with a focus on Rome. At the Museo di Roma Trastevere, Born Invisible, a body of compelling photographs of women and girls in developing countries by Sheila McKinnon. At the Palazzo Venezia, La Leggendarie tombe di Mawangdu, relics from a 2,000 year-old aristocratic Chinese tomb, and  Siria Splendore e Drama illustrating the role of ancient Syrian culture. At the Musei Captolini, a commemoration of the life and work of Michelangelo 1564-2014. At the Castel Sant'Angelo, I Papi della speranza, More than one hundred master works reflecting  the religious environment in 16th century Rome. The work of photographer Terry O'Neill, "Pop Icons", is at the Palazzo Cipolla, as well as a retrospective of the work of Andy Warhol. At the Museo di Villa Torlonia, Paolo Antonio Paschetto. Artist, graphic designer and decorator - Liberty to Deco Paschetto (1885 – 1963). A retrospective of the work of iconic Mexican artst Frida Kahlo is at the Scuderie del Quirinale.  The work of important Italian artist Giacinto Cerrone is at MACRO. At MAXXI, over 70 works by the important Italian minimalist Ettore Spalletti. At the Museo Carlo Bilotti, EPVS It’s my Way, an exhibition of recent sculpture by Gianluca Martians and Dreamings and the Australian Aboriginal – Art Meets De Chirico,  selection of contemporary Australian Aboriginal works in acrylic from the Missana Sordelllo collection.
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