Famous writers from Italy and around the globe attend the event, set against a backdrop of the Basilica di Massenzio ruins within the Roman Forum of Ancient Rome. The unique surroundings make the International Literature Festival of Rome a very popular run of dates, highly anticipated by locals and tourists alike. As well as local writers, guest speakers over the years have included Syrian author Suad Amiry and the British/Indian novelist Salman Rushdie.
The nearest airports to Rome are Ciampino and Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci International Airport), both of which are less than 45 minutes away. If using public transport to arrive at the Roman Forum, look for Colosseum Metro Station. Entry to the festival each night is free, although tickets must be booked at least two hours in advance. The box office can be found at the main road of Dei Fori Imperiali. Performances start at 9pm, with entry to the Basilica from 8.30pm. There are also readings at the nearby House of Literature, which commence at the earlier time of 7pm.
If you’re booking your holiday around the festival, see how soon you can book your ticket, or arrive at the box office as early as possible on the day to avoid disappointment. Review the official website for the programme of events if you are only planning to attend a couple of nights, as you may find a particular author of interest. The festival is held within Ancient Rome, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. As such make a day of it and explore the Roman Forum and the famous Colosseum before your evening starts.
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Whilst in Ancient Rome visit the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Take a trip into Vatican City, which include the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Walking tours are popular so be sure to pass the Trevi Fountain and pop into the temple of Pantheon.
For more information, including: the history of the festival, programme of events, protagonists and leading characters, news and further details on how to get to the literature festival, ticket collection and more visit the official website.
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