martedì 21 dicembre 2010

Best Rome Typical Events

Romans and Italians like very much to celebrate holidays. They like traditional holidays.
Rome's public holidays include Liberation Day (25 April), Labour Day (1 May), the Feast of the Assumption (15 August), All Saints' Day (1 November), the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (8 December) and the Feast of Santo Stefano (26 December).

Carnevale, week before Lent, children dress up and throw confetti around; nightclubs put on special parties, various venues.
Mostra delle Azalee, April, 3,000 vases of azaleas adorn the Spanish Steps to mark the arrival of spring.

During Holy Week (Easter) Catholics from around the world make pilgrimages to Rome's various basilicas and to hear the Pope give his address at the Vatican. On Good Friday there's a procession of the Cross from the Colosseum to Capitoline Hill.
Natale di Roma (Rome's Birthday), 21 April, fireworks on the Aventine Hill.

Settimana dei Beni Culturali (Week of Culture), April, free entry to all state-owned museums, public monuments and excavation sites.

Festa della Repubblica, first Sunday in June, military Parade, Via dei Fori Imperiali.

Ferragosto, 15 Aug, feast of the Holy Assumption, shops and restaurants closed.

Messa di Natale (Christmas Mass) and ‘Urbi et Orbi' Blessing, 25 Dec, St Peter's Basilica. 

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