Rome, Italy Annual Events
Blessing of the Animals
(January): An annual event in Rome, and throughout Italy. Dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, you name it, they'll all be there to receive their blessing.
(March): Takes place on the stairs of the Trinità dei Monti staircase with an exhibition of a cascade of 3,000 chocolate eggs and stands galore exhibiting lip-smacking chocolate products.
(March): Runners race around scenic Rome and different activities, from concerts to cultural events, line the streets throughout.
Rome's Good Friday Procession at Easter:
This religious event and Catholic tradition invites all to participate in the Via Crucis (Station of the Cross) procession starting at the Colosseum and finishing at Mount Palatino. The procession is a re-enactment of the 14 stations of the cross from the death of Jesus and the route which carried him to the placement of His body in the tomb.
Rome Tennis Masters Series
(May): Held at the Foro Italico tennis park for the where over 100 players from all over the world compete for prestigious prizes.
Stay up all night long on the Notte Bianca
(September): An annual event where various events including music, dance, and theater as well as shops and restaurants are open all night long.
Lonely Planet Insider Tips - Rome
Written By: Paula Hardy
Our insider tips on free wi-fi, ordering coffee, and museum and transports passes, for the perfect Roman holiday:
- Free wi-fi spots cover much of central Rome. To log on, open your browser and fill in the registration form, which will ask you to enter your mobile number. After making a quick call to verify the number, you're entitled to one hour of free internet access per day
. See www.romawireless.com.
Coffee, how it's done
- To do as the Romans do, you have to be precise about your coffee needs. For an espresso ask for un caffè
; if you want it with a drop of milk, order an un caffè macchiato
. A long black coffee is caffè lungo or caffè all'american and an iced coffee is caffè freddo. In summer cappuccino freddo (iced coffee with milk) or granite di caffè (frozen coffee, usually with cream) top the charts.
- Young Romans have embraced the Milanese import of the aperitivo. Not just a drink, this is the array of hot and cold snacks that bars, restaurants and even some shops offer from around 6pm to 9pm. Some of the best spots for aperitivo are Fluid, Freni e Frizoni and Société Lutèce.
The Art Pass
- The Roma Pass
includes free admission to two museums or sights, reduced entry to extra sights and events, and unlimited public transport. If you use it for more expensive sights such as the Capitoline Museums, it's real value for money
- The best way to get around the historic centre is on foot
. Otherwise, the city's bus network, run by ATAC is your best bet. Its website features a journey planner and downloadable transport maps. Public transport tickets are valid on all modes of public transit. A single BIT ticket is valid for 75 minutes and one metro ride. If you intend staying a couple of days and exploring different neighbourhoods you're better off with a daily BIG or multiday BTI pass.