Architecture is not just for insiders. The association Open City Roma, founded in 2010, has well understood that, and on the weekend of 7 and 8 May it will be making available places and areas where citizens and tourists can experience the reality that surrounds us. Participating is simple: visit the Open House Roma website at, and follow the instructions to join the event for free, and book for the few sites not open access.

Open House Roma - Urban Mirrors

A very simple idea: the architecture means life, not only walls, windows, or archaeological finds. Every structure encloses history, people and visions within. An open city: this is the leitmotif of the Open House Roma event. To anyone curious, it means the opportunity to enjoy, through guided tours, less renowned places in Rome.

Each area of ​​the city has its riches, both historical and productive: hotbed of ideas, reality of neighborhood life where the resourcefulness and the desire to do contaminate the urban life. The topic ‘Factory and Creative Production’ will leads curious people in all quadrants of the city, including the districts of Portuense, Ostiense, Primavalle, Pietralata and Pigneto.

Can we talk about a look at the present, with a dream of the future? The answer is in the sites for the BNL’s headquarters (a Private bank), or the residences of Città del Sole (Sun City), or the majesty of the Tiburtina station: strong footprints in order to change the urban face.

Open House Roma - Urban Mirrors

Rome is above all about history and conservation: doors open then to the Library “Accademia dei Lincei” and the Library “Hertziana”.

Open House Roma - Urban Mirrors

Do you Love underground, and what’s hidden at first glance? For you, the “Auditoria di Adriano”, or the bomb shelter of “Palazzo Uffici” in Eur district.

What is a jewel, indeed, to be enjoyed is the ancient “Insula Domenicana”, which contains the Library of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, of Senate, the Library “Casanatense” and the Minerva convent.

Rome is also fashion and food: get lost then in fashion areas and Bed & Food, through tailoring laboratories, hotels and restaurants with thousands of curiosities.

How is it possible to do all this? Thanks to Open City Roma, to the Open House Roma event and the involvement by citizens partners, and about 700 volunteers, including architects, professors and students, animated by the desire to show off the many faces that the “Urbe” is able to offer. And thanks to the thousands of people who want to take to the streets and get back architecture which belongs to them.

Article by Gabriel Salini

English Translation by Piergiorgio Mancini