Things to do in Rome in April 2014
Date: 2014-02-17 14:05:36
Author: Samuel Heenan
Its April and its time to come out of hibernation and finally book that dream trip to the Eternal City. Rome in April is blessed with great weather (usually) and is a time when all the flowers are blooming which makes for some great pictures too. At Piazza di Spagna the spanish steps are at their most impressive in April with a variety of flowers leading up the stairs.
This year Rome in April will be extra special for a number of reasons so dont forget to book early as the hotels will be filling up quickly and the flights more expesive the closer the time gets. So let have a look at whats on in the Capital this year and some reasons for you to make the trip.
Italian singer Alessandra Amoroso rose to fame who became popular after winning the 2009 edition of Italy's talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi. She has a Pop/Soul style and and has won a number of awards for her killer vocals. She will be performing on the 11th April at the Palalottomatica on friday the 11th April at 9pm.
To reach Palalottomatica is quite simple its an indoor arena which holds approx 10,000 spectators. From Termini Station you will need to take the Metro Line B (blue line) in the direction of Laurentina. The stop you will need to get off at is EUR Palasport and then the Arena is a 5/10 minute walk away. For further information and to book a ticket you can contact Around Rome Tours.
April 21 - The Founding of Rome (Rome's Birthday)
In Ancient times of the Roman Republic several dates were given for the founding of the city between 753 BC and 728 BC. Finally, under the Roman Empire, the date suggested by Marcus Terentius Varro, 753 BC, was agreed upon.
Under this conclusion Rome celebrates its 2,767th birthday on Monday 21 April 2014 Rome by Romulus in 753 BC, with a variety of events taking place across the capital. There’s usually a fireworks display over the Tiber River and gladiator shows around the forum area.
Easter weekend Rome 19 - 21th April 2014
Easter weekend in Rome is a grandiose occasion with many flocking to the Capital for the Religious celebrations and even for those who are not of the Catholic church its definately a spectacle worth seeing. Good Friday is of course a solemn day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus, there is a procession of the Cross that travels from the Colosseum to Capitoline Hill with the streets crammed with people following. The procession will usually begin at 9:15pm.
Moving on to Easter Sunday the Holy Mass is held in Saint Peter's Square and usually starts at 10:15AM. Admission is free but it will be very difficult to get into the entrance. If you go, get there early and expect to stand for a long time, then at noon the Pope gives the Easter message and blessing from the central balcony of Saint Peter's Basilica for all the crowds to see.
Easter Monday or 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.You can make a picnic at one of the many city centre parks, Villa Borghese, Villa Ada or Villa Pamphili (bbq's are not allowed). Otherwise some of the city centre restaurants will be open for business and offer set menu's for Easter with traditional dishes and sweets.
Liberation Day - Italy 25th April 2014
Every year 25th April is celebrated as the Liberation Day in Italy. This day marks the end of Mussolini regime after the end of the Second World War in 1945. The day commemorates the people who laid down their lives fighting the fascist leader and is a national holiday in Italy so you will find some shops and many offices closed too. The Vatican however as seperate state does not close on this occasion so could be a good time to make a visit to the Vatican Museums.
For more information and to book a Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peters Tour joining a group or a private tour. Book a Vatican Tour
Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II - Cannonization 27th April 2014.
An estimated over 1 million pilgrims will be expected to fill the streets for this joint canonization of John Paul II and devotees of Pope John XXIII. The decision to canonize them together was aimed at unifying the church since each has his own admirers and critics. Pope Francis is clearly a fan of both: On the anniversary of John Paul's death this year, Francis prayed at the tombs of both men – an indication that he sees a great personal and spiritual continuity in them.
Sunday, April 27, 2014 15:00 AS Roma Vs AC Milan @ the Olympic Stadium
For football fans this clash of 2 Italian greats A.S. Roma vs Milan will be taking place at the Stadio Olimpico. The season will be drawing to an end and this Serie A clash could make a difference in where this years Scudetto will be heading. The Olympic stadium can hold upto 80,000 fans and its on these big occasions you will feel the real atmosphere of top European football. For further information regarding this match, travel information and to reserve your tickets you can contact Around Rome Tours.
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