Grab a movie under the stars on Cinema Island

isola-del-cinema-Woody-Allen-To-rome-with-loveAugust is a very particular time in Rome;  the heath can be pretty intense and even unbearable. No wonder Romans leave the Eternal City in August to head to the beach or the mountains for some fresh air and holiday entertainment. The city can feel a bit desolate at times, but even with the slow days of August upon us there are still plenty of things to do in August.

One of them is Isola del Cinema, an open-air summer festival set on Rome’s Tiberina Island near the Ponte Rotto (broken bridge), all that remains of Rome’s first arched stone bridge. At night the area is illuminated – which is quite magical by itself- and transforms into a huge cinema set.

An interesting program of previews, retrospectives and blockbuster movies make up the program and who knows you might see or meet one of the invited directors, Italian and international actors and actresses along the way. The only minus for non Italian speakers is the unfortunate fact that the films are in Italian with no subtitles which can be challenging for non-Italian speakers. Don’t let that put you off. Isola del Cinema or Cinema Island is the perfect spot to grab a movie under the stars, I am sure  the magic of the place won’t disappoint you.

Our recommendations for the festival are the special screening of Mamma Roma of  writer and movie director Pier Paolo Pasolini on Tuesday the  4th of September; Woody Allen’s film To rome with love on Saturday August, 18 and September, 5 and the documentary film L’ America a Roma of Director Gianfranco Pannone on Monday August, 27,  a cheerful, sentimental journey through memories of the golden years of the spaghetti western, with a guest appearance of Pasolini as a fervid Mexican priest. There are music and fashion shows and food and wine tastings, as well.

Programme available at or

Isola Tiberina
00186 Roma
Between Trastevere and Centro Storico
Tickets are 6 euro for the Arena screenings