During Easter period some of the greatest and most suggestive events take place in Saint Peter’s Square and Basilica, officiated by the Pope.
This year Easter is Sunday, April 1st, but Easter period begins with Lent, at the end of Carnival time, on Ash Wednesday (February 14th in 2018), and the first Catholic Mass with Pope Francis is on Palm Sunday, at the beginning of the Holy Week. Continue reading
Carnevale is one of Italy’s biggest winter festival, celebrated in every town from the end of January. All over Italy you can found masquerade balls, costume parties and parades along the streets and in the squares. Masks, sweets and having fun are the most important things during Carnival: it’s a chance to be happy and cheerful, to dress up in costumes, even if you are not a child anymore! Continue reading
Epiphany is national holiday in Italy, and is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God as a human being in Jesus Christ. Is the commemoration of the manifestation of Christ, and of the Adoration of the Magi. In popular folklore, the “Befana” is an old lady riding a broomstick through the air. On the Eve of January 6 th, the Befana visits children and leavecandies and presents in their socks, if they have been good, or lump of sugar coal and dark candies, if they had been bad. Continue reading
The last day of 2017 is coming, if you are in Rome and have not decided what to do yet, here are some ideas of what you can find in the Eternal city!
Rome is the capital of Christianity and the place where the celebration of Christmas originated: which place could be better of Rome in Christmas? Continue reading
From April to June there are many feast days in Italy, and particularly in Rome. During these days schools, offices, banks and shops will be closed, and many restaurants and some touristic site would be closed too. If you are in Rome in this period, check in advance if the particular museum or archeological site you want to visit is open!
Easter is, without doubt, the most important event in the Catholic calendar. The feast is not fixed and the date is different every year. In 2017 Easter Sunday will be on April 16th, and in 2018 on April 1st.
If you are planning to be in Rome during Easter period, you can decide to join one of the most touching ceremonies of the year with the Holy Father. Continue reading
Valentine’s Day! There’s not a better place to be in this day than Rome, one of the most romantic cities in the world, and the cradle of the myth.
The first legend about the Saint, and perhaps the best known, began when the Emperor Claudius II “The Cruel”, cancelled marriages and engagements in Rome, to convince men to leave their cities and join war. The priest Valentine defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, he was sentenced to have his head cut off on the 14th day of February. While in prison, Valentine fell in love with his jailor’s daughter, who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, he wrote her a letter, which he signed “From your Valentine”… Continue reading
Epiphany is national holiday in Italy, and is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God as a human being in Jesus Christ. Continue reading
The Vatican Christmas tree was erected in St. Peter’s Square at the beginning of the Advent and of the Christmas holiday season. The 82 feet tall spruce tree arrived in the Square on November 24th from Trentino (Northern Italy region) and will be inaugurated and lit up, together with the Nativity scene, on December 9th. They will highlight several issues such as care for the environment, the sick and migrants. Continue reading