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Rome Events in April

What's on in Rome in April


Here are the festivals and events that happen each April in Rome..

Early April - Holy Week and Easter. Holy Week is one of the busiest times of the year to visit Rome and the Vatican City, but for good reason. From Via Crucis procession and Good Friday services in the Colosseum to Easter Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square, Easter in Rome is unforgettable. Read more about Easter Traditions in Italy. The day after Easter, la Pasquetta, is also a holiday and is often celebrated by a trip out of the city or with a picnic. In Rome, the day ends with a big fireworks display over the Tiber River.

Early April - Festa della Primavera. A beautiful time to be in the city, the spring festival sees the Spanish Steps decorated with hundreds of pots of bright pink azaleas. Concerts are also held at Trinita dei Monti.

Mid April - Settimana della Cultura, Week of Culture. National museums and archeological sites have free admission and some sites not normally open to the public may be open. Some museums in Rome that participate include the Capitoline Museums and the National Roman Museum, among many others. The week almost always happens in April, but check the Beniculturali website for definitive dates.

April 21 - The Founding of Rome (Rome's Birthday). The celebration of Rome's birthday is typically held the weekend that falls closest to April 21. Rome is said to have been founded by the twins Romulus and Remus in 753 BC. Special events, including concerts, a parade, and historical re-enactments are held at the Circus Maximus, the large field where chariot races were once held. Fireworks and gladiatorial displays at the Colosseum are also part of the festivities.

April 25 - Liberation Day. A somber day of celebration, April 25 marks the day that Rome and the rest of Italy was liberated at the end of World War II. Commemorative ceremonies are held at the Quirinale Palace among other state venues in the city.

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