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  • Area: 1,285.31 km² (496.3 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +3906
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 2,743,796
  • Official language: Italian
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Rome – Regular Events

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Roma Incontra il Mondo

Held in the magical setting of Villa Ada Park, this popular music festival showcases the best of world music. Visitors can enjoy music from over 50 international artists, sample delicious ethnic food and browse an array of global goods.

Fiesta

Fiesta is Italy’s largest international festival of Latin music and culture, attracting over a million visitors each year. Playing over a number of weeks, the festival showcases the sounds of Salsa, Merengue and Raggaeton to enthusiastic audiences.

Enzimi

September brings Enzimi, a free theatre, arts and music event that showcases the talent of up and coming artists. Perfect for young people the festival features a dynamic mix of cutting edge bands and mainstream acts.

New Year Parade

In Rome holiday celebrations culminate on January 1st with a spectacular parade of international marching bands that proceed through the city to St Peter’s Square. Over ten thousand people gather here to welcome the coming of a new year and receive the Pope’s blessing.

The Roman Carnival

The Roman Carnival is a six day festival leading up to Ash Wednesday in preparation for Lent. Events illustrate historic carnival traditions, giving visitors an opportunity to enjoy vibrant masquerade parades, street performances and concerts.

Eurochocolate Festival

March brings Eurochocolate to Rome, a week long festival dedicated to all things chocolate. Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the city to sample some of the mouth watering creations offered by more than 500 exhibitors. Chocoholics of all ages can also enjoy films, lectures and culinary courses.

Good Friday Procession

On Good Friday the Pope leads a solemn candlelit procession from the Colosseum to Monte Palatino. Thousands gather to witness the spectacle that re-enacts the fourteen Stations of the Cross, from Jesus’ death sentence to his resurrection. At the final station the Pope provides a speech and blessing.

May Day Music Festival

This musical extravaganza, located on Piazza San Giovanni is held on May 1st to celebrate the beginning of spring. The festival is the biggest of its kind and features a dynamic mix of Italian and international stars.

Cosmophonies

This enchanting festival is held each year in Rome’s Teatro Romano di Ostia Antica. Culture lovers are treated to music, theatre, dance and circus performances that are all inspired by the artist’s interpretation of the universe.

Roma Incontra il Mondo

Held in the magical setting of Villa Ada Park, this popular music festival showcases the best of world music. Visitors can enjoy music from over 50 international artists, sample delicious ethnic food and browse an array of global goods.

Fiesta

Fiesta is Italy’s largest international festival of Latin music and culture, attracting over a million visitors each year. Playing over a number of weeks, the festival showcases the sounds of Salsa, Merengue and Raggaeton to enthusiastic audiences.

Enzimi

September brings Enzimi, a free theatre, arts and music event that showcases the talent of up and coming artists. Perfect for young people the festival features a dynamic mix of cutting edge bands and mainstream acts.

Festa Internazionale di Roma

Rome’s International Film Festival offers film buffs a feast of cinematic delights. The festival features independent films from around the globe and hosts international film premiers. Although still young, the festival has welcomed a number of world class actors and directors through its doors.

Rome Jazz Festival

Music lovers flock to the annual Rome Jazz Festival to enjoy the sounds of local and international stars. The festival lasts for ten days and performances are located in the Auditorium Parco della Musica.

Midnight Mass

On Christmas Eve, in St Peter’s Square the Pope gives Midnight Mass, an event that is attended by thousands and broadcast in over 40 countries. Tickets can be obtained from the Prefettura, but requests must be made months in advance.

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