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
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
Vatican Museums, included the Sistine Chapel, are usually open from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 6 pm (exit from rooms half an hour before closing time). Ticket office is open from 9 am to 4 pm. 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