Romantic Rome

It’s the month of love and we show you how to celebrate it, Roman-style:

Star-Gazing at the Planetarium
Too cold to look for constellations outside? Then go inside! The Aula Ottagona at the National Museum of Rome, also known as the Planetarium, is reopening with an exhibit of sculptures by Pietro Cascella depicting heavenly bodies such as the sun, the moon, meteors, starry skies, and constellations. Cascella, the noted Italian sculptor who died in 2008, worked in marble, bronze, plaster and travertine, and believed that sculptors, since ancient times, have taken inspiration from the mystery and immensity of the firmament. Via Giuseppe Romita, 8 (Metro Repubblica).

Need a Love Potion?
Donizetti’s magical bel canto hit “The Elixir of Love” might be just the ticket! The romantic, comic opera is being performed at Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera just in time for Valentine’s Day. Swoon over Donizetti’s lush melodies all the while laughing at the hilarious antics of poor Nemerino, a simple farm boy who is duped into spending his last penny on a cheap bottle of wine he believes to be a love potion. Somehow he gets the girl in the end anyway. Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 7. 4-18 February. www.operaroma.it

A Different Perspective
See what it looks like to be head-over-heels ... literally! The new exhibit at the Ara Pacis, The World Upside-Down, brings together 138 of Marc Chagall’s most fantastical and mesmerizing paintings and drawings created between 1917 to 1982. The works, which come from some of the most prestigious public and private art collections of Europe, illustrate the unique and personal way in which Chagall saw the world, defying the laws of gravity and turning the rules of art upside-down as he invented his own brand of Surrealism. Ara Pacis Museum until the 27th of March.

Solveig Steinhardt and Tiffany Parks