The summer in Rome officially kicks off with the annual Literature Festival at the Basilica di Massenzio. In this extraordinarily beautiful outdoor setting authors read in their own languages, with Italian translations, paired with musicians of all kinds who play interludes.
This year’s theme is “Terra-Luna”, commemorating forty years since man’s first moon walk. During the course of ten evenings six narrators, seven poets, two scientists and numerous musicians will take the stage.
For English speakers, the opening night on Tuesday, May 26 is of special interest, featuring Andrew Sean Greer (“The Story of a Marriage”) with Margaret Mazzantini and Sergio Castellitto; as well as the star of the festival, best-selling author John Grisham who appears on June 16 and will be introduced by an Italian actress Isabella Ragonese.
The international literature festival “Letterature” has hosted some of the best Italian and international writers since 2002. This year it will take place in the eternal city from May the 26th to June the 25th.