Holidays – Rome

In Rome, as in all of Italy, festivities are closely linked to religious holidays.
Here you have a small calendar so you can schedule your trip based on them.


January 6, Epiphany – La Befana, the day on which gifts are given to Roman children, throughout the city.
Carnevale, the children dress up and some clubs organize costume parties.
End of March, Festa di Primavera, steps of the Plaza de España.
Easter week, with masses throughout the city and that of Good Friday officiated by the Pope in the Colosseum.
April, the 21st, Natale di Roma, parades with period clothes in the Circus Massimo and fireworks in the Aventine celebrating the founding of the city.

Natale di Roma

April 25th, Festa della Liberazione, the liberation of Italy is celebrated by the Allies in World War II.
May 1, Festa del Lavoro, free rock concert, outside the basilica of San Giovanni.
June September, Estate Romana, music, dance, literary and cinematographic events, in parks, archeological sites, courtyards, etc.
June 23, Festa di San Giovanni, the Pope leads the way to the basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano.
June 29, San Pietro and San Paolo, patrons of Rome, Mass in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.
Mid July, Festa di Noantri, markets and fireworks in honor of the Madonna del Carmine, Trastevere.

Piazza Navova of Rome

August 15th, Ferragosto, or the August Fair, tradition sends out of the city, so it is absolutely deserted.
Mid December-January 6, Piazza Navona Market, stalls selling food and crafts in Piazza Navona.

Papal blessing

December 8, Immacolata Concezione, Mass officiated by the Pope, Santa Maria Maggiore.
Midnight of December 24, Midnight mass, Mass officiated by the Pope, St. Peter's Basilica.
December 25th, Christmas Mass and Blessing «Urbi et Orbi», Basilica of Saint Peter.
December 31, Veglia di Preghiera, for the passage to the new year, Basilica of San Pedro.
December 31, San Silvestro / Capo d´Anno, parties all over the city.

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