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can be rented near the Porta Pinciana in the Villa Borghese.
Villa Doria Pamphili, 2km (1mi)
south of the Vatican, is the largest park in Rome and a lovely spot for a
stroll or a picnic.
For the family, there are pony
rides and Sunday Punch & Judy shows on Gianicolo Hill, a short walk
south-east of the holy city.
Tours of the city are available
by horse and cart.
Music and Theater
Open air concerts are held
throughout the summer in the Villa Giulia Gardens and in the Terme (Baths) di
Caracalla. Summer newspaper listings will give dates and times.
Rome has 3 main auditoriums,
each with its own resident orchestra or choir:
Academia di Santa Cecilia,(06-678-0742)
which is the best known, moves to Villa Giulia during the summer.
Auditorium del Foro Italico
Teatro dellâ€™ Opera
(06-4770-4664) for opera and ballet
Opera is performed at the Teatro
dellâ€™Opera during the November-June season and in the open air at the Baths of
Caracalla during the summer.
Rock and Pop Music
Concerts are held in the Palazzo
dello Sport 06-592-5107) in EUR, and also at Studio Olimpico (06-3685-7520) and
Studio Flaminio. (06-3685-7520)
06-6880-4601) is one of Romeâ€™s best known theaters with a resident company which
performs the classics.
Teatro Quirino (06-679-4585)
puts on classics and productions brought in from elsewhere in Italy.
Teatro Valle (06-686-9049) also
English Puppet Theater
(06-589-6201) stages dramas by traveling companies in the remains of the Teatro
Street celebrations Sunday
to Tuesday each year before Lent (Feb. or March).
Festa di Santa Francesca
9) Roman drivers bring their cars to the church of Santa Francesca Romana to
have them blessed by the patron saint of motorists.
Domenica delle Palme:
Palm Sunday is traditionally celebrated by the Pope who says Mass in St. Peterâ€™s
Holy (Easter) Week.
Catholics from around the world make pilgrimages to Rome's various basilicas or
to hear the Pope give his address at the Vatican.
there is a procession of the Cross from the Colosseum to Capitoline Hill.
Papal blessing at St.
Festa della Primavera
(late April) Azaleas in terra cotta pots adorn the Spanish steps.
International Horse Show
(early May) at Piazza di Siena in the Villa Borghese.
at the Via di Valle Murcia (May)
(May) in Via dei Coronari (lit by candles at nighth).
Festa della Repubblica
(first Sunday in
June) Military parade.
Festa di San Giovanni (24
June) Meals of snails and suckling pigs.
Festa di SS Pietro e Paolo
Romeâ€™s patron Saints. (June 29)
(last weekend in June) Flower festival.
Festival of Film, dance, theater
and concerts held at the Villa Medici. (Late June-Late July)
Festival dei Due Mondi
(Festival of Two Worlds) is an international festival of music, opera, ballet,
cinema and art that runs for 20 days from the end of June â€“ mid-July. It is
located 117km from Rome, but well worth the trip. (For information: Piazza del
Duomo tel. 0743-49890).
Festa dei Noiantri
(last two weeks in
July) An open air party to usher in the outdoor summer concerts.
(Last two weeks of July)
Stalls along the Tiber near Ponte Santâ€™Angelo display Italian arts, crafts,
food, wine, and folk music.
Festa delle Catene
(August 1) At San Pietro in Vincoli, the chains of St. Peter are shown to the
faithful during prayer.
Festa della Madonna delle
5) At Santa Maria Maggiore, at the Gloria portion of the Mass, flower petals
fall on the congregation in reinactment of a local 4th century
(Feast of the Assumption of the
Virgin Mary) August 15: Main midsummer holiday. Shops and restaurants are
Late September -Early October
: Torchlit street and craft fair in Via dellâ€™Orso.
Castelli wine festivals
( first Sunday of October )
Festa di Santa Cecilia
(Dec.8) Religious services in Piazza di Spagna often attended by the Pope.
(Dec.12-Jan.6) In Piazza Navona. Culminates with the â€świtchâ€ť(Befana) festival
on the eve of Epiphany.
Santa Maria Maggiore and Santa Maria in Aracoeli and the Papal Mass at St.
Peterâ€™s (December 24)
at St. Peterâ€™s (December 25)
outside the Gesu in thanks for the passing year. (Dec.31)