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Although the capital of Italy is known for its delicious restaurants, beautiful architecture, stellar beaches and a brilliant shopping scene, the best events in Rome are exciting happenings worth travelling to Europe all on their own for. Bringing tourists and locals out together into town piazzas, gardens and cultural venues, these annual festivities function as deep-dives into a slice of culture that, usually, only Romans get to experience.
What to expect? Given the proximity to Vatican City, it is no surprise that many religious holidays are marked by elaborate celebrations that draw visitors from abroad, while neighbourhoods put on smaller events to commemorate patron saints or historic events. Not to forget are the wonderful culinary festivals that celebrate the country’s renowned cuisine, including Taste of Roma, a giant food fest where patrons get to sample both established chefs' and emerging cooks' fare.
From film and fashion to music and enology, our roundup of this year’s very best events in Rome leaves no interest untackled.
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