I'm curios, between the times we will be there as described in the Subject of this forum, are there any particular holidays that we should be aware of? Easter is obviously given....
Other than holidays and celebrations, is there anything specific to see and do?
Being that it's going to be easter and I will probably be near the most holy place (Vatican City), well you know what I mean, is there something we should experience? Attend mass in Vatican city itself or something like that?
in april we will have the following celebrations:
easter: 16th (sunday) and 17th of April,
25th of April: anniversary of liberation from nazi fascism
1st of may worker's day
every sunday is celebrated a mass in the vatican square.
the 1st of may usually there is big rock concert in rome.
during the week before easter there are many events related with easter, some quite famous and folkloristic (especially in the south of Italy)[I've never been personally]
Anything that you have listed that we should try to attend? Such attending mass in vatican square? I mean how often will I be able to do this?
every sunday the pope celebrates the mass, he speaks from a window of Vatican building, and you can also see him on TV. For easter, I suppose, there will be more people attending the mass in the square.
I think that also in vatican should be something organized, like a big procession f.e., during the week before easter (friday), but to be honest I 'm not sure.
I search on the web some informations in english for you, about italian easter traditions. I can't recommend you what you should experience,firstly because I'm not used to follow processions, so I can't tell you if it is a captivating experience or if not, secondly because probably from the point of view of a tourist things have a different meaning.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Sorrento on Good Friday you’ll be treated to an impressive traditional Easter procession. This is an important event in the local calendar and is one of Italy’s biggest Easter, or Pasqua, events. After hearing a band play Chopin’s Funeral Hymn, the procession starts and a choir sings the ‘Miserere’. The atmosphere is truly captivating. People come from afar and watch in silence at the side of the road, keeping a respectful distance from the processions (there is one procession in the evening and one on the night of Good Friday). This celebration of Pasqua is taken very seriously by both organisers and participants, and for visitors it is a real insight into local traditions and culture.
and I discover just now this site:
where you can read general news about italy and, if you choose "italy regional sites" news about the region you're interested in (the region of rome is lazio). maybe you find something about easter procession and traditions. (i don't have enough time to read everything, but if you find something you're particularly interested, you can ask me about)
I think every wednesday the Pope celebrates a meeting with pilgrims in Piazza S Pietro, and usually it's less packed.
I'm presuming that there won't be anything open on sunday and monday during the easter holiday? Any suggestions for a couple to spend there easter as if we were home.
Other than attending mass, etc.
Most shops are close down during Easter and the following Monday.
After the Mass, that many people attend for Easter,the tradition is having lunch (lamb, and then every region has its own specialties), and staying with the family, have a walk or something similar. Very tipical of Easter are chocolate eggs with a surprise inside.
As for Monday, is the traditional pic nic day: if the weather is good people go for a short trip, in the countryside or at the sea(depending on where they live), taking sandwiches to eat with them (or eating at restaurants).
For the evening there is usually a lot of traffic, especially round the biggest cities.
I personally don't feel Esater as a special period: christmas is underlined by lights, decorations, musics almost everywhere;for Easter instead you can find just coloured chocolate eggs in shops and some traditional cakes /breads in bakeries...
I can't tell you something really particular to do..
if you are in rome for easter maybe you can go to have lunch in Roman hills (especially in the town of Ariccia), little towns in the south of Rome.[30kms far from th city)
Ariccia in particular is famous for its tipical kind of restaurants called "fraschette".
They've long table where people sit together (also if don't know each other), you can eat tipical cheeses, hams and salamis, and the famous pork roast , some kind of first courses (pasta alla carbonara(bacon not smoked and eggs) all'amatriciana (bacon not smoked and tomatoes) and so on, pasta with a sauce tipical of Rome region)and drink the local wine.Taste also ciambelline al vino (biscuits made with red wine).
Fraschette are the tipical inexpensive, noisy and crowded places for groups of friends or families, often there's someone playing a guitar and all people sing folk roman songs.
I sometimes go there, but I've no idea if there is a connection with the city by trains or buses. (I go by car).
In any case that could be an experience, but prepare to queue a little..
The thing is we leave on April 15th and arrive on the 16th. Planned on staying in Rome for 3 days, however, didn't take into consideration that 3 days is not really 3 days considering 2 days of it (Sunday, Monday) shops will be closed, etc. I may have to extend it a day or two, I really don't know.
On the other hand, considering that it is Easter. If we were home, we would have our traditional easter dinner, sunday with family. Unfortunately, we are not and we don't want to neglect Easter due to this vacation. It will just have to be at a different place.
Your idea of going to Ariccia sounds fantastic. I will look into that. Now I'm back to having to rent a car to get to this location...lol. Are you talking about Easter Sunday or Monday for lunch in the hills?
Now I find myself having to micro plan for this specific weekend due to Easter. On a normal 3 days, where things are opened, it shouldn't have been a problem and 3 days in Rome would probably have sufficed, unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be the case now.
What are you thoughts?
I just would like to tell you that shops will be closed for Easter, but monuments should be open..I think all monuments, or most of them. In any case (just to be sure) you can ask Rome tourist information.