Opera and Aperitif at Terrazza Borromini
The event Opera and Aperitif at Terrazza Borromini offers a unique all-round experience of Italy’s many wonders, right in the heart of Rome. On the terrace of the impressive Pamphilj Palace on Piazza Navona, you can take your pick of delicious drinks and snacks, listen to concert arrangements of some of the best arias and duets opera masters such as Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart created, and finish your evening off with a tour of the legendary terrace La Grande Bellezza, which featured prominently in the Hollywood film The Great Beauty. As Roman evenings go, this one is definitely one for the books!
Italians know how to take an enjoyable event and add the extra ‘oomph’ to it in order to take it to the next level. This is why the concert Opera and Aperitif at Terrazza Borromini starts with a choice of prosecco, red wine or a non-alcoholic beverage. A selection of Italian salami and cheese with honey and marmalade add a sweet and savoury note to your culinary experience. As you are enjoying your aperitivo, the musical part of the evening begins.
A soprano, a tenor and a pianist go through well-known opera classics. ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’ from Puccini’s Tosca, ‘La donna è mobile’ from Verdi’s Rigoletto, and ‘Batti, Batti, o bel Masetto’ from Mozart’s Don Giovanni shine with their trademark energy and emotion in a minimalist piano arrangement that brings out the beauty and charm of the vocal lines.
The aperitif and opera concert take a little over an hour, after which you will treat yourself to a special guided tour of one of the prides of Palazzo Pamphilj: the gorgeous Baroque terrace La Grande Bellezza. This ‘great beauty’ impresses with its intricate ornamentation and also offers a marvellous view of the Eternal City. Landmarks such as the Pantheon, St Peter’s Basilica, Trinità dei Monti and Castel Sant’Angelo look even more impressive from above.