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Major events in Rome

Rome has many festivals and major events throughout the year.

Festa di Sant'Agata
Rome's festival season begins with the Festa di Sant'Agata from Feburary 3 to 5 when over a million people celebrate in front of the St. Agata bust on Catania street. The bust is covered in jewels during the occasion.

Holy Week
Holy Week is one of the busiest times in Rome as Catholics from all over the world make their annual pilgrimage to this city. They converge in Rome to hear the Pope at the Vatican, attend mass at one of Rome’s magnificent churches or join the procession to Capitoline Hill.

Estate Romana
Every summer, the Estate Romana (Roman Summer) sizzles from June to September and encompasses a series of different festivals. There are several free outdoor concerts, outdoor cinema and plenty of events. Every night, places like Testaccio resemble one big night club with the young and hip crowd dancing in the streets. Hundreds of bars and stalls magically appear on Tiberina Island for a staging of open-air films from July to August. Meanwhile, Villa Celimontana revels in the jazz atmosphere.

Festa di Noantri
From July 20-28, Trastevere becomes a venue for street theater as the city celebrates Festa di Noantri. The theater presentations are staged several times every day on the streets of Rome.

Notte Bianca
The city consumes major amounts of coffee so it can stay awake late into the night celebrating Notte Bianca (white night) in September. On that day, Rome’s shops, museums and art galleries stay open from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Rome’s official public holidays include Epiphany (January 6), Liberation Day (April 25), Labour Day (May 1), the Feast of the Assumption (August 15), All Saints' Day (November 1), the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) and the Feast of Santo Stefano (December 26).

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