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
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.
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
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 April 2015 Pope Francis announced, through the Papal Bull, an extraordinary Jubilee, the Jubilee of Mercy. This Holy Year will begin with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, on December 8th, 2015, ten years in advance of the regular Jubilee, and 15 years after the Great Jubilee of 2000, wanted by Saint John Paul II. 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. 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