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What's on in Rome this autumn

Late summer music festivals, a light show in the Forum, food festivals and spectacular art exhibitions, Rome is the place to be this autumn.

Autumn is the best time to make the most of the Italian capital, the tourists have left and the cooler air makes the city’s streets more breathable and pleasant than under the summer sun. Here are some of the must-visits to enjoy Rome like-a-local this season:

Taste of Roma®

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Where better to bring the Taste® festivals than the food paradise of Italy? Discover a tantalising selection of world-class chefs and Rome and Lazio’s hottest restaurants as the Taste of Roma festival descends on Parco della Musica. This year’s festival has united with Milan’s Expo, whereby some of the best chefs in the country will prepare 12 dishes of ‘World Taste’: exploring the traditions of the five continents and then, during live cooking demos, reimagine them using Italian styles and flavours. Expect wine pairing classes, ‘taste theatre classes’, blind tasting, as well as dietary lectures and samples galore. 17 – 20 September 2015 www.tasteofroma.it

Outdoor Festival

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Occupying the ten halls of the abandoned Guido Reni barracks, the 6th addition of the Outdoor Festival will host 15 artists from eight different nations, with works that are dedicated to the topic of urban creativity in different nations. Discovery of the host countries includes lectures, cinemas, local cuisine street food and music. Open until late, DJs set start at 10pm until the early hours. 2 – 31 October www.out-door.it

Get lunch at Banana Trash

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Take a fresh approach to lunch at Banana Trash, opened earlier this year in the Trastevere district. This Brazilian-Japanese restaurant is Rome’s first fast-food-fusion project. Already famed for their food pairings: Tamaki, sushi and panur blend with Brazilian braised beef as well as take-away acai smoothies, sandwiches and juices. Every eat-in dish is served with a Caipirinha. Opened by Regina Hirata (herself Japanese-Brazilian) in collaboration with local favourite Grandma Bistro, Banana Trash’s space also holds poetry readings, music events and art exhibits. bananatrash.com

Two October food festivals
Culminating an Italian grand tour; where over half a million people across Italy will have been fed gourmet, vegan and vegetarian, localised specialities and some of the best artisanal beer, the STREEAT® FoodTruck Festival arrives in Rome on the 23 October. The line-up includes 30 trucks from across Italy, live music, children’s entertainers and food demonstrations. If you’re in the city earlier in October, make sure you check out the Cucina di Strada (street food) festival. Where 60 vendors from Bari to Verona pour onto the streets of Garbatella and fill the bowls of locals and tourists. Not just about eating, the festival also incorporates Italian crafts, ancient cooking methods and photo projects. www.streeatfoodtruckfestival.com and www.romatoday.it

Lord Byron in the hand of Mary Shelley

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This exhibition at the Keats-Shelley House is primarily a display of Mary Shelley’s copies of Byron’s work, which she completed in the 1840's in preparation for publication. The series of manuscripts and letters written between Percy and Mary Shelley and Lord Byron are on loan from the John Murray Archive in the National Library of Scotland, and are displayed alongside Byron’s artefacts and treasures, which are held in the permanent collection in Rome. The exhibition is an attempt to tease out the fascinating relationship between these giants of Romantic literature and well as to introduce visitors to Romanticism. www.keats-shelley-house.org

James Tissot at the Chiostro del Bramante

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Art exhibitions are as prevalent in Rome as the tourists, but if there’s one not to miss this autumn it’s the first ever display in Italy of James Tissot’s masterpieces. Born in 1836 in Nantes, Tissot was a friend of Degas and James McNeil Whistler. Originally famed for his nautical paintings, his merits as a colourist character painter are now renowned the world over. From the 26th September this long-awaited exhibition is open to the public. His works have been shipped from international museums such as the Tate in London, the Petit Palace and Musée d’Orsay in Paris. 26 September 2015 – 21 February 2016. chiostrodelbramante.it

‘Impressionist and modern’ Masterpieces from the Phillips Collection in Washington

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On the eve of its one hundredth anniversary, the American Museum of Modern Art in Washington DC has organised a major travelling exhibition of sixty-two culturally significant paintings from its oldest collections. This autumn it arrives at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni. Featuring works from Van Gough and Cezanne to Delacroix and Manet, the collection keeps to the founder Duncan Philips original vision: to house together the major cultural trends that crossed the 19th and 20th centuries and demonstrate the ‘art is a universal language.’ Not to be missed. 16th October 2015 – 14th February 2016. palazzoesposizioni.it

Journeys through Ancient Rome

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A narrated light show of the ancient forums of Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar, this show has gained huge critical acclaim over the summer. At 8.30pm each night, the Forums of Augustus and Caesar are brought to life with videos, holograms, lights and narrated commentary on life in ancient Rome. This immersive experience of Roman history includes special effects lighting up the ruins to show what the forums would have looked like while guides offer insights into the lives of Julius and Augustus Caesar. Act fast as most tickets sell out a week in advance. Until 1 November 2015 www.viaggioneifori.it

1 John Tissot at Chiostro del Bramante
2 ‘Impressionist and modern’ at Palazzo delle Esposizioni
3 Viaggio Nei Fori
4 Taste® of Roma
5 Outdoor Festival
6 Banana Trash
7 Streeat® Food Truck Festival
8 Cucina di Cibo - Street Food Festival
9 Keats-Shelley House