June 29th: Feast of Saint Peter and Paul, patron saints of Rome

Great celebrations in Rome for the feast of the patron saints, with performances, shows, exibitions, fanfare, and fireworks in musical sync, called Girandola (pinwheel), originally created by Michelangelo and reworked by Bernini. This is a liturgical feast in Rome, and offices and shops are closed. Civic museums and Vatican Museums are closed for the solemnity. Statal Museums and Archeological sites (as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Castel Sant’Angelo, Galleria Borghese) are regularly open. Continue reading

Roman Summer nights: nocturnal openings of Castel Sant’Angelo.

Every summer Castel Sant’Angelo opens its doors after its regular closing time, with concerts, exhibitions, tours and even a panoramic Cafeteria and Restaurant. For “Notti d’estate a Castel Sant’Angelo”, from July to September, sections that are generally closed to public, are accessible with guided tours. Continue reading

Roman Summer: the exibition “Lungo il Tevere… Roma” (Along the Tiber… Rome).

From June 12 to August 31, 2014 the event “Along the Tiber… Rome” will enlighten roman summer nights, every day from 7 pm. This year is at its 12th edition, organized by the cultural association La Vela D’Oro. From culture to music, from literature to solidarity, an open air art gallery alongside the Tiber river is set up from Ponte Sublicio to Ponte Sisto. There will be expositions, exhibitions, contests, meetings, workshops, with free admission. Continue reading

2 June: Republic Day in Rome

2juneThe Festa della Repubblica (Republic Day) commemorates the birth of the Republic in Italy. June 2 was the date of the institutional referendum held by universal suffrage in 1946, in which the Italian people were called to the polls to decide on the form of government, following the Second World War and the fall of Fascism. Republic Day is a nationwide public holiday in Italy and is a day off work for many people. Here a list of special openings of museums and exhibits. The Coliseum and the Roman Forum will be open from 1.30pm to 7.15pm.  Continue reading