16. May 2017

Holidays and events in Rome 2017: Everything you need to know!

Every year there are recurring holidays and events in Rome that I have summarized on this page.

Holidays and events in Rome 2017


January 1

New Year’s Day (holiday) in Rome: For the best view of fireworks at New Year’s Eve you should go on one of the hills in the city. Traditionally, the fireworks are launched at the Colosseum and are accompanied by a classical concert. On the 1st of January the Pope holds prayers in St. Peter’s Basilica while young courageous men hurl themselves into the muddy Tiber to celebrate the New Year.

January 6

Epiphany (holiday)


End of January/beginning February

Capodanno Cinese: Chinese New Year with a colorful parade along the Via dei Fori Imperiali

February 14

Valentine’s Day with special menus for lovers and numerous rose sellers in the streets of Rome

MARCH 2017

March 19

Festa di San Giuseppe (St. Joseph’s Day), events in the streets of Rome, Father’s Day

APRIL 2017

Good Friday

A traditional mass is led by the Pope at the Colosseum from which a procession makes its way to the Palatine Hill in memory of the Crucifixion of Christ.

Easter Sunday

Easter mass and blessing led by the Pope in St. Peter’s Basilica

Easter Monday (holiday)

April 21

Day of foundation of Rome: The city of Rome celebrates its foundation which took place on April 21, 735 BCE. You can visit museums all over the city for free. There are animations and fireworks at the Piazza del Campidoglio.

April 25

Festa della liberazione: Italy celebrates its liberation toward the end of the Second World War. There are celebrations at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Piazza Venezia.

Rome Marathon

MAY 2017

May 1st

Labor Day (holiday)

May 8

Victory Day (holiday)


Ascension Day

Third Saturday in May

La Notte dei Musei: free museum night

JUNE 2017

June 2

Festa della Repubblica: the Italian national day to celebrate the Republic. There is a military parade at the Imperial Forums and the garden palace of the Italian president is open to the public in the afternoon.

Gay Village: festival and equivalent to the “Loveparade” that starts from June to beginning September

JULY 2017

Luglio Suona Bene: music festival in the auditorium of Parco della Musica.

Rock in Roma: music festival at the Ippodromo delle Capannelle


August 15

Assumption of Mary (holiday)


Giornate europee del patrimonio: National monuments, museums and hidden treasures in Rome are open to the public on the third weekend of September.


Notte Bianca: cultural event beginning October


November 1

All Saints’ Day (holiday)


Many Christmas markets throughout December in Rome

December 8

Immacolata Concezione (Immaculate Conception): The Pope honors Virgin Mary on the Piazza di Spagna in Rome. Masses and processions are held throughout the city.

December 25 & 26

Christmas in Rome

December 31

New Year’s Eve in Rome

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