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!
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
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
Pope Francis wishes that the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee will be celebrated not only in Rome but in every single Church, as a sign of unity and charity. He asked to open a special Holy Door, a “Door of Mercy”, in every Diocese during this Holy Year, in order to allow the faithful in every part of the world to experience the Mercy of the Father in its fullness. However, this Year will be a perfect occasion to make a real pilgrimage to the Tomb of the Apostle Peter and to enter through the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, the very heart of the Catholic Church. Continue reading
On August 15th Italy celebrates “Ferragosto”, the most important Italian feast during Summer period. It is a public holiday so almost every business, shop, bank and public office will be closed. Continue reading
Many museums and archeological sites will be open at night time this Summer in Italy. In Rome the most important are the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, and the Imperial Forums. Continue reading
The Festa della Repubblica (Republic Day) commemorates the birth of the Republic in Italy. June 2nd was the date of the referendum held in 1946, at the end of WWII, in which the Italians voted to abolish the monarchy and the country became a Republic. Continue reading
On May 16th several museums and archeological sites all over Europe are open from 8 pm until midnight.
UNESCO is proud to support the European Night of Museums for the 7th consecutive year, and give its high patronage to this event. Continue reading
On April 21st Rome celebrates its Birthday, or “Natale di Roma”, also known as Dies Romana, commemorating the day when Romulus founded the Eternal City, in 753 BC, drawing the sacred line on the ground of the Palatine Hill. Continue reading
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