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
Halloween is not a traditional Italian holiday, but it has become very popular in the last few years. While the main holidays are still All Saints’ Day (November 1st) and All Souls’ Day (November 2nd), the custom of celebrating the night of Halloween has taken hold everywhere in Italy. Continue reading
Like every year, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and of Tourism (MiBACT) adheres to the European Heritage Days (EHD), promoted to strengthen and increase dialogue and exchange in cultures among the European nations. It is an important occasion to reaffirm the central role of culture in the dynamics of the Italian society.
Every year Rome’s Basilica of Saint Mary Major, also called Our Lady of the Snows, celebrates its Dedication on August 5th, referring to the legendary story about the foundation of the Basilica. Continue reading
“Lungo il Tevere Roma”, Along the Tiber Rome, is the annual Roman event that brings culture and entertainment at the foot of the Capitoline river during the Roman Summer.
This year at its 14th appointment, from June 10th to September, lights, music and art will brighten Summer 2016 in the heart of the eternal city, accompanying thousands of people, Romans and tourists, from Ponte Garibaldi to Ponte Sublicio. Continue reading
On May 21st this year, about 3000 events will take place all over Europe for the 12th edition of the European Night of Museums.
Every year, European Night of Museums is the opportunity to enjoy new and spectacular emotions: special visits and illuminations, animations, music, workshops, and events specially designed for the young audience. Continue reading
Easter is, without doubt, the most important event in the Catholic calendar and one of the busiest times of the year in Rome and Vatican, center of all Christendom.
Easter is a moveable feast, is not fixed in the civil calendar: the date varies from March 22nd to April 25th. This year Easter Sunday will be on March 27th. Continue reading
Carnevale is undoubtedly one of Italy’s biggest winter festival, celebrated in every town from the end of January, with masquerade balls, costume parties and parades taking place in streets, squares and restaurants. Continue reading
On December 8th the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. In Italy is a holy day of obligation, and a national public holiday. Continue reading