Accademia di Santa Cecilia – Auditorium Parco Della Musica

An Evening with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in the Auditorium Parco Della Musica:

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Sala Santa Cecilia © LPLT/Wikipedia

For lovers of classical music, a concert with the orchestra and choir of the  Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (National Academy of St. Cecilia) is the icing on the cake on any Rome holiday.  For, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is one of the oldest and most prestigious classical music institutions in the world and Santa Cecilia is, after all, the patron saint of music.

The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia was founded in 1585 by the papal bull (a type of charter issued by the pope).  What started as an organization for local musicians, has evolved over the centuries into an institution of world renown.  At the Accademia, master courses for instrumentalists, composers and singers are conducted and its modern Multi-media Library has historical and conservation records of the classical music world.

Today the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is housed in the magnificent Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome designed by none other than architect Renzo Piano.  Built on the grounds of the 1960 Summer Olympic Games, the Auditorium Parco Della Musica also incorporates ancient archaeological finds which were uncovered during construction.  These can be viewed by the public.

The Auditorium Parco della Musica is one of the largest music complexes in the world today.  It comprises three music halls, of which the Sala Santa Cecilia (Santa Cecilia Hall) is the largest – its 3,400 square-metre space holds 2,800 seats.  The Santa Cecilia Hall is said to be one of the most innovative concert halls in the world of music. It is specially designed for large orchestral and choral symphonic concerts and its ample stage comfortably holds both an orchestra and choir.   Set in the centre and given its modular structure, it allows for perfect visibility and optimal acoustics.  You can see world famous conductors at work with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia orchestra and book concerts here.

The Auditorium Parco della Musica Rome is in Viale Pietro de Coubertin, near the Palazzetto dello Sport, off Viale Tiziano. It is in the Flaminio district of Rome, by the Villaggio Olimpico and can be easily reached by public transport:

Getting there:

Bus Routes:

  • 910 – from Termini Station and Piazza Mancini
  • 53 – from Piazza Mancini and Piazza San Silvestro
  • 217 – from Viale XVII Olimpiade and Termini Station
  • 231 – from Piazza Mancini and Piazzale Canestre (in Villa Borghese park). Only weekends

Linea “M” – special bus route between Termini station and Viale Pietro de Coubertin Auditorium stop. From 17h00 – every 15 mins. Last bus from the Auditorium departs at the end of last event.

Tram routes:

  • 2, from Piazzale Flaminio and Piazza Mancini

Trains:

  • Metro A line to the Flaminio stop then no.2 tram
  • Or the Ferrovia Roma-Nord train to the Piazza Euclide stop
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