Easter in Rome: how to take part in Masses and Catholic events with Pope Francis.

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

Easter 2016: events in Rome and Vatican in the year of the Jubilee.

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

Spring feast days in Rome: Easter, April 21st, April 25th, May 1st, June 29th – What is open and when.

During Spring many feast days are observed in Italy. On these days schools, offices and banks are closed, and in many of them you will find restaurants, shops, and some Museums and Archeological sites closed too. The best thing to do is to check in advance if the place you want to see, or the restaurant you want to try, is open on the day you need. Continue reading

Easter 2015: Pope Francis’ schedule and events in Rome and Vatican City

Easter is the most important event in the Catholic calendar and one of the busiest times of the year in Rome, center of all Christendom. A multitude of pilgrims arrive to see the Capital come alive for the Holy week and the Triduum, the three-day period that extends from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday. Continue reading

Rome, 27 April 2014: Canonisation of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII

duepapi  After an Easter Triduum really intense and followed by hundreds of thousands of people, in a period rich of events in Rome, the Canonisation of the two Popes rises as the most eagerly-awaited one. It will be extraordinary and unique, and it is already breaking records: four Popes will be present in Saint Peter’s Square, millions will follow it in TV, so the Vatican Television Center will use up to 33 TV cameras and nine satellites, not even the 2014 Sochi Olympics had so many satellites. Continue reading

Traditional Italian Easter Food: Colomba, chocolate eggs and lamb.

Easter, like every holiday in Italy, has its own special food. Since Easter is the end of the Lent season, food is always very rich and nourisching. You can find a very large amount of recipes, in every single region and city, of typical cakes or breads, sweet or savoury. Here you can find some of the typical region recipes: from Northern Italy and from Southern Italy. But in every part of Italy you can find dishes based on lamb, eggs, and the Colomba. Continue reading

Easter 2014 in Rome and Vatican City – Part 2: tips and links

papa francescoTickets for seats at Easter Mass in Saint Peter’s Square are free, but capacity is limited, so you need to book as far in advance as possible. If you are planning to be in Rome for Easter, contact the Chancery offices of your local diocese to arrange for tickets to be reserved for you. For more informations click here. It’s possible to attend the services without a ticket, but you should plan on standing. Continue reading

Easter 2014 in Rome and Vatican City – Part 1: events

Easter is the most important event in the Catholic calendar and one of the busiest times of the year in Rome: a multitude of pilgrims arrive to see the capital come alive for the Triduum, the three day period that extends from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday. On Easter time the Pope will follow a very intensive schedule.

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