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Procession of the Cross

By far the biggest event of Easter is the famous Via Crucis or ‘Way of the Cross’ procession, when the Pope leads a solemn torchlight procession from the Colosseum to the Palatine Hill to commemorate Christ’s last walk to Golgotha. Along the way, the faithful stop at each of the 14 stations of the cross to say a prayer.

Date: 02 April 2021 - 02 April 2021
Venue: The procession begins at the Colosseum.
Cost:

Free.


Natale di Roma (Rome's birthday)

Not every city celebrates its birthday, but Rome does on 21 April each year. It was Romulus, suckled by a she-wolf as an infant, who founded the city in 753BCE. Romans today celebrate the event with free concerts on Piazza del Campidoglio and fireworks over the River Tiber. Rome's monuments, archaeological sites and many museums allow free entry on the day.

Date: 21 April 2021 - 21 April 2021
Venue: Aventine Hill, Piazza del Campidoglio and various locations around the city.
Cost:

Free.


Primo Maggio

Each year on Labour Day, Rome celebrates with a free rock concert on Piazza San Giovanni. Over 700 artists line up for a turn on the stage before a huge crowd, occasionally joined by a high-profile guest artist. The event began in 1990 and quickly grew into a major popular event, heavily covered by TV and the press. Get there early for a good view of the stage.

Date: 01 May 2021 - 01 May 2021
Venue: Piazza San Giovanni.
Website: https://www.primomaggio.net
Cost:

Free.


Rome Marathon

Starting at the Roman Forum and ending at the Colosseum, this 42.195km (26.2 miles) race takes runners on a scenic route around the city. Participants of the Rome Marathon can expect to see St Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, Castel Sant’Angelo and other historical sights. This is a great opportunity to be a part of or simply observe a sport that's been a tradition for ages.

Date: 19 September 2021 - 19 September 2021
Venue: Roman Forum to the Colosseum.
Website: http://www.maratonadiroma.it
Cost:

Free to spectate.


Rome International Film Festival

A real red-carpet event Rome’s nascent film festival showcases a varied programme of international premieres, documentaries, retrospectives, exhibitions, concerts and live shows.

Date: 11 November 2021 - 14 November 2021
Venue: Auditorium Parco della Musica.
Website: http://www.romacinemafest.it
Cost:

Various.


Christmas Mass

One of the largest churches in the Christian world, St Peter's Basilica in Rome provides a moving setting for the celebration of Christ's birth. Each Christmas Eve the Pope gives Midnight Mass in St Peter's Square. Attended by a vast crowd of pilgrims, the speech is broadcast to over 40 countries. Visitors to this occasion need to reserve tickets through the Prefettura della Casa Pontificia.

Date: 24 December 2021 - 24 December 2021
Venue: St Peter's Basilica.
Website: http://www.papalaudience.org/papal-mass
Cost:

Free. Advance reservations required.


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The Fifteen Keys Hotel

This chic hotel in the Monti district in Central Rome has stylish, light-filled rooms that are just perfect to unwind in after a long day of sightseeing - if you need even more help to relax, just order an in-room massage. A breakfast buffet is available daily, and served in the courtyard garden in summer. Other facilities include a gorgeous bar and complimentary bike rentals.

Hotel de Monti

Hotel de Monti is situated on the third floor (no lift) of a 16th-century building in the bohemian Monti district, a ten-minute walk from Roma Termini station and a 15-minute walk from the Colosseum. The seven bedrooms are modest, but include air-conditioning, sound-proofing and en suite bathrooms, and a complimentary breakfast with excellent coffee is served in the room. Staff are extremely welcoming and helpful.

Hotel D’Inghilterra

In a prime spot by the Spanish Steps, this sedate and sophisticated hotel is where the poet John Keats stayed when he visited Rome in the 19th century. There are roaring fires in the public lounges where guests can relax with a book and a pot of tea.

Hotel d’Este

Sitting on the peak of the Esquilino hill, Hotel d'Este is a characterful, old-fashioned place with 31 charming bedrooms. Housed in a timeworn palazzo, rooms have high ceilings, period detailing and classic furnishings such as brass beds and mahogany-coloured dressers and wardrobes. Breakfast is served on a roof terrace.

The Beehive

Established by Californian couple Steve and Linda, The Beehive is deservedly one of the most popular, budget stays in Rome. Run with great personality and warmth, the house features dorms or private rooms with original artworks on the walls, a vegan and vegetarian café, a book exchange and a yoga studio.

Hotel Locarno

Close to Piazza del Popolo, the classy yet moderately priced Locarno dates back to 1925. It's full of atmospheric art deco details, from its rattling cage lift to the wood-polished bar. Each room is uniquely decorated with discreet antiques and coordinated Liberty-style wallpaper and fabrics. A real find.