Are you ready for Rome? There are great variety of events starting in the middle of April, so don’t waste your time and start organizing your holidays now, because some highlights will be closed. Here is everything you need to know to enjoy your Easter in Rome
There are two BIG dates around Easter in Italy are Easter Sunday (apr 16) and Easter Monday (Apr 17). Remember, on those days most shops and restaurants will be closed.
On the other hand, the most popular tourist sites as The Coliseum, Castel Sant’Angelo, Roman Forum and others will keep normal opening hours, although The Coliseum will close early on Good Friday (Apr 14), in order to prepare for the Pope’s procession.
What is the Good Friday in Italy? It is not just a public holiday in Italy, but one of the most important celebrations of the year! The main event on Good Friday is the Via Crucis ceremony, starting at 9 pm. You can see Pope Francis leading a torchlit procession from the Colosseum to the Palatine Hill, stopping at the 14 Stations of the Cross along the way to say a prayer while a cross flames against the sky. Super-colossal spectacle!
Saint Peters’ Basilica (Vatican) will be open throughout the Easter holidays, but YOU SHOULD KNOW the Vatican Museums will be closed on Easter Sunday (Apr 16) and Easter Monday (Apr 17).
At 10am on Easter Sunday, Pope Francis celebrates mass in Saint Peter’s Square, where the faithful gather under his window. Do you want to join? You need tickets for this event so you have to apply at the Vatican website website (please note that all applications have to be consigned no later than March 31st).
At the end of the mass, he imparts the ‘Urbi et Orbi’(‘To the city of Rome, and to the world’) benediction.
If you want to join an Anglican mess, the normal service will be held at 8.30am and there is also a sung service at 10.30am at All Saints’ Church in Rome.
The last day of the celebration is Easter Monday (called Pasquetta), that is also a public holiday in Italy, so most restaurants, bars, stores will be closed as well. If the weather is nice you can join many Italians taking picnics in public parks, so look out for places like Villa Borghese and Parco degli Acquedotti. It is also a great opportunity to make friends with some locals and have a good time with them!
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