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. Is the commemoration of the manifestation of Christ, and of the Adoration of the Magi. In popular folklore, the “Befana” is an old lady riding a broomstick through the air. On the Eve of January 6 th, the Befana visits children and leavecandies and presents in their socks, if they have been good, or lump of sugar coal and dark candies, if they had been bad. Continue reading
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!
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
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. You can find Halloween costumes and decorations on display in many shop windows and many costume parties along the cities, during the afternoon or early in the evening for children, and during the night for adults. Continue reading
Pope Francis opens Castel Gandolfo’s doors to the public, permitting for the first time access to the Apostolic Palace and Pontifical Villas, for a century inaccessible Summer papal residences. 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