Outdoor cinema at Piazza Vittorio, Rome – 2018

I am a big fan of outdoor cinema, and every summer I’m happy to see the screens set up outside at Piazza Vittorio, a neighborhood near me in Rome.

There are two screens in the park, and each evening there are two movies shown at what is officially called Notti di cinema a Piazza Vittorio.

This late 19th century park surrounded by beautiful buildings constructed at the same time (known as Umbertan architecture, from King Umberto who reigned in Italy at the time) has been in a long decline. Luckily, keeping it for the evening cinema over the summer helps with the maintenance and security that should be happening year-round – one of the reasons I always support this initiative.

But it’s also a great way to spend an evening – out on this pretty piazza, with cool Roman breezes following hot summer days.  I never manage to see all the films I “plan on seeing” but never do during the year, so the summer outdoor cinema is when I manage my catch-up.

This year I went to see Wonder with my kids, also a funny Italian comedy poking fun at the relationship between Rome’s center and its suburbs Come un gatto in tangenziale, and a fabulous documentary Maria by Callas, a must-see about the famous opera diva. Sadly, I missed the talk by Italian director Gianni Amelio, because they switched the dates, but there are a handful of interesting director talks, too.

Still have quite a few films I’m hoping to see. See you out at the cinema of Piazza Vittorio…


  1. esquilino on July 24, 2018 at 10:31 am

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    • kimberlysullivan on July 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      Grazie! Thank you! Ci vediamo a Piazza Vittorio …

  2. evelyneholingue on July 29, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Stop it! I’m so jealous now 🙂
    My kids were very fortunate to attend elementary and middle school in the Sierra Nevada. The setting was dead gorgeous and very appropriate for movie nights. So I’ve been lucky too, since I joined them when they were little.
    There is nothing better than a good movie under a star lit sky.
    Roma is such a unique city that your movie nights must beat mine 🙂

    • kimberlysullivan on August 5, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Wow- the Sierra Nevada sounds like an amazing backdrop for outdoor movies.

      • evelyneholingue on August 5, 2018 at 9:24 pm

        It was quite stunning. The stars in this part of the state are so visible in comparison to the valley that is affected by air and light pollution. So the kids had the movie screen and the night sky to enjoy. Which was really cool.
        Still thinks that Roma is gorgeous too.

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