Visit to Rome for Easter 2015 | A guide of what to do
Date: 2014-07-15 17:34:03
Author: Samuel Heenan
So you planning your vacation for 2015… A great destination for an Easter Break is the Italian Capital of Rome and the Vatican of course, home to the Easter celebrations. 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 5th April.
Lets have a look at what happens on a typical easter in Rome, what you can do while on your visit and some things to keep in mind while planning your trip.
Firstly Easter in Rome is a time to just show up hoping to find accomodation as the city is usually fully booked weeks before. You will find the prices higher than normal season, so expect to pay a premium of 15-30% on the normal high season prices. If you just show up in Rome on the day you should expect to here "sorry, we are full" quite a few times before you eventually find somewhere.
Also to note the same will happen with trains and airfare, so basically the sooner you can book the better deal you should find.
So now you have booked your trip and are all set to come to Rome for the Easter 2015!
Good Friday in Rome - 3 April 2015
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 (see below for tour details) we would reccommend on the 1st or 2nd of April 2015 or the 8th or 9th April 2015 as Easter saturday and the 7th April after easter monday willbe extremely busy inside the museums. 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.
Easter Sunday Mass in Rome - 5 April 2015
Mass is celebrated in the morning in Saint Peter's Square and will be very crowded, the mass usually starts at 10:15am and then at noon Pope Francesco gives the Easter message and blessing "Urbi et Orbi - to the City and to the World" in the central loggia of Saint Peter's Basilica.
Tickets for seats at the mass are free, but need to be reserved well in advance. Those who plan to be in Rome for Easter are advised to contact the Chancery offices of their local diocese as far in advance as possible to arrange for tickets to be reserved for them. It's possible to attend the services without a ticket, but you should plan on being stood up and in a crowded atmosphere.
Easter Tour of the Vatican Museums
The Vatican Museums at Easter will be a crowded place, but when in Rome you should visit the home of the Christian world and its spectacular museums. As the home of the Christian world, the Vatican Museums is the major attraction of visitors to Rome and will continue to be so for many a year! Taking a tour you can skip the long lines that you will find at the Vatican in the summer. With skip the line tickets and with a guided tour you will gain all the expert insights of this famous collection of museums along with a tour through to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. The tour ends in St. Peter's square after your three hour journey and tours are offered twice daily at 09:30 and 13:30 from Mondays to Saturdays, as the museums are closed on Sundays. However, if you are lucky enough to be in Rome for the last Sunday of the month, the museums are open for free. On these days you will have extremely long lines to deal with so be sure to go early.
For more information and bookings see Vatican Tours in Rome.
Eating in Rome at Easter
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.
Pasquetta Picnic in the Park? - 6 April 2015
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.
Visit the Roman Colosseum and take a tour
The list of things to do in Rome at Easter would not be complete without a trip to the Roman Colosseum. Taking a tour you can skip the long lines which will be especially long during the Easter period. With skip the line tickets and with a guided tour you will gain all the expert insights of this famous monument along with a tour through the Roman Forum visiting the Temple of Vespasian and Titus and that of Antoninus Pius and Faustina among many others. The tour continues through to the Capitoline Hill and Piazza del Campidoglio, which is the first modern square in Rome thanks to the genius of Michelangelo, who in 1546 built the facade of the Senatorial Palace.
For more information and bookings see Colosseum Tours in Rome.
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