Italian Lifestyle

What to do in Rome on the Republic Day

On the 2nd of June Rome celebrates the Republic Day to commemorate the Referendum of 1946 that put an end to the monarchy. Every year a military parade is held in the centre of Rome and the Italian air force offers an aerobatic demonstration with the Frecce Tricolori (Tricolour Arrows) in the colours of the flag of Italy, flying over the Altar of the Fatherland and the Imperial Fora. 

Only on this day the gardens of the Quirinal Palace, residence of the President of the Italian Republic, open their doors to the public with free entrance. The culture lovers can also visit the civic museums of Rome and many private museums. Among the exhibitions that will be open, an unmissable appointment is Banksy’s War, Capitalism & Freedom at Palazzo Cipolla and the Macchiaioli’s Art Exhibition at Chiostro del Bramante. If you prefer a day trip outside the city, we suggest you to take advantage of the extraordinary open of the Garden of Ninfa.

Enjoy the Republic Day!

Orvieto in Fiore: a city as a flower carpet

This weekend, in occasion of the feast of Pentecost, a blooming Orvieto will welcome the visitors with its colours covering the entire city: squares, balconies, streets and shop windows will be decorated with thousands of flowers to admire, moreover, flower exhibitions, handcraft products and wine & food events will make the feast special and pleasant! 

12-13-14-15 May

Orvieto, Umbria

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Rose petals at the Pantheon

The traditional deluge of rose petals falling down through the Pantheon’s “Eye in the sky”, the 9 meters oculus radiating rays of sunshine, will take place in Rome on Sunday 15 May in occasion of the feast of Pentecost. This is an old tradition that, after being suspended for centuries, was finally restored in 1995. A spectacular sight not to be missed! 

Sunday 19 May, at 12:00

Piazza della Rotonda, Rome 

Concert of 1st May in Rome

Every year on the 1st May - when Italy celebrates the Labor Day to honor the workers’ achievements - Rome offers a free concert, a big music event hosting until late night the best Italian artists and some international guests. This concert attracts people from all over the world and attends more than 500,000 people every year. Consider that the area will be more crowded than usual, so the metro station “San Giovanni” will be closed to prevent obstructions. Happy Labor day! 

Square of St John in Latera's Basilica 

1st May
From 3 pm to midnight 

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The rose garden of Rome

On the Aventino hill, a few steps from Circo Massimo (Circus Maximus) stays the beautiful rose garden of Rome, unique for its spectacular location, hosting more than 1100 rose varieties from all over the world: Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Far East and America. According to history, it seems this location was dedicated to flowers since the 3rd century b.c.; in his “Annales”, Tacitus also talks about a temple dedicated to Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers and, more generally, of spring, celebrated at Circo Massimo on the so called “Floralia” festivity.

Today, the rose garden is a relaxing oasis far from the city traffic and noise, where to enjoy the beautiful view of Rome: you can visit it from April to June except on 21st May, when the “Roma Prize” - the special award given to the most beautiful roses of the garden - takes place. 

From 21 April to 19 June
8.30 - 19.30 

Via di Valle Murcia, 6