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Easter in Rome: Tours, Eating & Italian celebrations

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Date: 2014-01-29 09:57:45

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So you are planning a trip to Rome for Easter this year? Well there is no better time to visit the Vatican City than during Easter where many Catholics make a pilgrimage to Rome to hear the Pope give Mass on Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday and hear the Papal Blessing, which is broadcast to the world. This year Easter Sunday will fall on the 20th April.

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If you are planning to visit Rome this Easter then you will be visiting at a great time as the temperatures in spring will be heating up so you can expect usually between 15 - 22°c which for walking around the city and visiting the sights is ideal considering the summer months can reach mid 30s and difficult to stay in the sun for too long. 

On Good Friday, the Pope retraces Christ’s Via Crucis in a moving candlelit procession, ending in a huge open-air Mass on St Peter’s Square on Easter Sunday. The Easter procession winds from the Colosseum to Monte Palatino, re-enacting the 14 Stations of the Cross, from Christ’s death sentence to his entombment, with a prayer at each station. Thousands of pilgrims gather with torches to follow this solemn procession, which coincides with classical music concerts in many churches.

Over the Easter weekend, it's worth bearing in mind that many of the classic sights will be shut on Easter Sunday, as well as possibly on Good Friday and Easter Monday. So if you wish to visit the Vatican Museums we would reccommend on the 18th or 19th April . You can book your Vatican Ticket or tours of the vatican.  Otherwise if you decide to go it alone to the museums be prepared for long lines.

Transport will be less frequent and more crowded over easter and your accomodation should be booked well in advance as this is peak season in the city and everything usually gets filled up and the prices you will find higher than normal unfortunately, but i guess to be in the eternal city for Easter is why you pay the premium.

What to eat

In Italy at Easter you will find many restaurants on Easter Sunday and Monday closed, however there will be some in the city centre open for business for your Easter Lunch. It is tradition in Italy to eat lamb, or abbacchio (baby lamb). Lamb represents Jesus, the Lamb of God, innocent and immaculate. You will find throughout the city the Easter Eggs on display in the shops in their bright colours and many different chocolate types that really are quite impressive. Another typical dessert is the 'Pastiera di Grana' or the Colomba which is probably the most famous dessert which is a dove shaped bread made with almonds, sugar and egg whites.

   

Moving on to Easter Monday or as in Italy known as Pasquetta which literally means “Little Easter”. The usual custom on Pasquetta is to go out—usually for a picnic; though, many choose to eat at a restaurant, a friend’s or relative’s instead. There is a famous saying in Italy: "Natale con i tuoi. Pasqua con chi vuoi." In English: “Christmas with your family. Easter with whomever you like.” Weather permitting you can make your way to one of the many parks near rome such as Villa Borghese, Villa Ada or Vila Pamphili to enjoy a Picnic along with the many residents of the city. You will find a great atmosphere especially if the sun is out which is usually the case in late April.

 

 




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