Since 1991 European Heritage Days, a weekend is set aside for cities all over Europe, dedicate special visits, guided tours, screenings, and performances to celebrate the diversity of Europe’s heritage. This year this event will take place Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, the 23rd. This year the theme is L’Arte di Condividere (or the Art of Sharing) and features a dynamic list of events dedicated to the rich Italian heritage.
You can visit this website to view a full listing of the special events taking place in Rome (Italian only). Below we’ve selected a few events to highlight.
The Casina del Cardinale Bessarione is a 15th century country villa located at the intersection of Via Appia and Via Latina. The home has a long history as the country residence for the famous Cardinal, a hospital, an inn and tavern. This innovative experience brings the history of the home and the life fo the cardinal to life through the discovery of objects from a curated ‘secret box’.
Where Casina del Cardinal Bessarione | Via di Porta San Sebastiano, 8
When September 22 – 23, tours at 9:30am and noon
The tour is free but entrance to the museum is according to normal entry fees. Reservations are required: call 060608
Visit the historic palazzo (located in the same piazza with the famed ‘Turtle Fountain’ and the Costaguti Experience) and the library where a special exhibition dedicated to “1968: L’anno della rivolta” (1968: the year of the revolt). The year was full of headlines across the globe of protests, demonstrations, sit-ins, occupations and more from western Europe to Japan. The exhibit chronicles these events with articles curated from the library.
Where Biblioteca di storia moderna e contemporanea (Library of Modern and Contemporary History) | Via Michelangelo Caetani, 32
When September 22 – 23, from 2 to 6pm
This is a free event. Reservations are required (max 30 people per tour): email firstname.lastname@example.org *note ‘GEP 2018’ in the subject and identify the desired time for the tour.
Take a guided tour of the decorated homes in Ostia Antica and learn about the ancient living conditions of the highly populated port city of Rome. The following homes will be opened for this guided visit:
Where Ostia Antica
When September 22 – 23, tours at 11am and 4pm
Cost: €12 full price; €7 reduced. Reservations required: call +39 06 5635 0215.
The Art of Sharing: the videos that tell us about it
The Museo dell’Istituto centrale per la grafica (Museum for the Central Intitute for Graphic Arts) will share videos that document projects from the last 10 years dedicated to the study, research and backstage of exhibitions that promote Italian heritage.
Where Museo dell’Istituto centrale per la grafica | via della stamperia, 6
When September 22 – 23, from 11am to 7pm
This is a free event. No reservation required.
Where Ex Mattatoio di Testaccio (former slaughterhouse in Testaccio) | Piazzale Orazio Giustiniani
When September 22 – 23, tours at 11:30am and 3pm
This is a free event. Reservations are required (max 25 people per visit): call 060608
Use the official national and international hashtags when posting content from the events: #GEP2018 #artedicondividere #EuropeForCulture. If you’re not already following Rome Accommodation on Instagram, find us now and share your experiences with us!