Rome Venues Overview

Piazza degli Aurunci - Nightlife Area | Square in Rome

When you think of Rome venues, you can’t help but think of all its stunning monuments and historical haunts: The Coliseum, The Pantheon, The Forum, the myriad spooky catacombs where Indiana Jones finds an ancient relic and a snake inevitably pops out of it and he hyperventilates. And while certainly visiting these incredible sites is a must, there are so many other great venues in Rome to see, experience, and be entertained by.

Sports lovers in Rome will want to head from the blood-soaked Coliseum to the present-day melee inside Olympic Stadium, where the Associazione Sportiva Roma and the Società Sportiva Lazio football (soccer) clubs duke it out. Stadio "Tre Fontane" di Roma is also a popular stadium, as members of the Società Sportiva Dilettantistica Rugby Roma Olimpic have been bleeding all over its rugby field since the 1930s. Meanwhile, although less likely to break bones, the Italian Open Tennis Tournament (Rome Open) at the Foro Italico tennis park is avidly watched as well.

On the theater front, Romans enjoy several incredible venues, including the stunning Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Teatro Piccola Lirica, Teatro Olimpico, and Teatro Argentina.

Less architecturally amazing but equally worth a visit are the myriad cozy live music venues, including Fanfulla 101 (a dingy hipster paradise), Sinister Noise Club (eclectic DJ sets and loud rock and indie bands), and Casa del Jazz, an intimate auditorium dedicated to every jazz genre imaginable.

Circolo degli Artisti, meanwhile, is an internationally recognized club that might have a fashion show one night and a punk concert the next, while Villa Celimontana is a stunning outdoor music venue where the audience basks beneath the stars and enjoys a diverse lineup of live music. Other notable venues in Rome for live music include IUC, Init, Beba do Samba, and Big Mama.

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