Rome Events and Festivals 2014 / 2015

(Rome, Lazio, Italy)

Rome Events, Festivals and Things to DoLeading magazines for upcoming events and happenings are regularly published and there are weekly Rome event guides that are readily available. They contain up-to-date listings of events throughout Italy, with a focus on Rome and are aimed specifically at tourists and visitors.

These magazines are a useful source for shopping, dining and entertainment - providing you with a huge choice of things to see and do in Rome.

National Public Holidays

  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • 6th January - Epiphany
  • Early April - Easter Monday
  • 25th April - Liberation Day
  • 1st May - Labour Day
  • 29th June - Local Feast Day
  • 15th August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 1st November - All Saints
  • 8th December - Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 24th December - Christmas Eve
  • 25th December - Christmas Day
  • 26th December - Boxing Day / St. Stephen's Day


  • Epiphany - early January, religious holiday called Befana in Italian. An ordination of new bishops takes place in St. Peter's Basilica. There is also an Epiphany fair held in the Piazza Navona
  • Feast of St. Antonio - January 17th, general celebrations


  • Ash Wednesday - late February, the Pope walks from the Basilica of Santa Sabina to the Circus Maximus, accompanied by members of the College of Cardinals


  • Festival of St. Francesca - early March, Roman's drive their cars to the Piazzale del Colosseo, near the Church of Santa Francesca for blessing
  • Feast of St. Joseph - mid-March, people celebrating the feast day of St. Joseph go to the Trionfale Quarter to eat a traditional type of doughnut
  • Festival of Giuseppe - mid-March, including sporting and musical events, held in the Trionfale Quarter
  • Maratona della Citta di Roma (marathon) - late March, this marathon is watched by crowds of people and the athletes run past many of the city's spectacular landmarks


  • Festa della Primavera (Spring Festival) - early April, the Spanish Steps are decorated with azalea plants and concerts are held in Trinita dei Monti
  • Good Friday - early April, the Pope leads the Procession of the Cross from the Colosseum to the Forum, in the evening
  • Easter - mid-April, an outdoor mass takes place in St. Peter's Square in the morning, with 20,000 reserved seats. The Pope then blesses the crowds at noon
  • Easter Monday - mid-April, many Romans head for the country and there are often celebrations at the Castel Sant'Angelo
  • Concerts - throughout April, the Accademia Filarmonica Romana performs regularly at the Teatro Olimpico


  • New Vatican Guard - May 6th, swearing in for the new guard at the Vatican on the anniversary of the Sacking of Rome
  • Tennis - early mid-May, the Masters Series Roma begins at the Parco del Foro Italico
  • Corpus Domini - mid-May, festival when a street is laid with floral carpets in elaborate motifs
  • Concerts - throughout May, the Accademia Filarmonica Romana performs regularly at the Teatro Olimpico
  • Chamber and symphony concerts - throughout May, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia performs at the Via della Conciliazione


  • Festa della Republica - first Sunday in June, military parade centres on Via dei Fori Imperiali
  • Football / Soccer - throughout June, matches are held at the Stadio Olimpica at Via del Gladiatori and played in the afternoon
  • Saints Peter and Paul Day - late June, solemn masses are held at St. Peter's Basilica and elsewhere during this public holiday
  • Pesaro Film Festival - late June, also known as the International Exhibition of New Cinema, showcasing works of new directors and also old films from many countries


  • 4th of July - American celebrations in the city, including a picnic and fireworks
  • Castel Madama - mid-June, parade in 16th-century costume and also horse races
  • Spoleto Festival - early to mid-July, held in Spoleto, this festival presents top-quality concerts, opera, dance, theatre and film
  • Operas and ballets - throughout July and early August, these are staged regularly at Teatro dell'Opera, Piazza Beniamino Gigli
  • Noianti Festival - mid to late July, folk music, dancing, parade floats and fireworks at Trastevere, in honour of the Virgin Carmine


  • Festa della Madonna della Neve - August 5th, open-air film festival, held at Santa Maria
  • Feast of Our Lady of the Snow - early August, services at Santa Maria Maggiore, Via G. Alberto 47
  • Ferragosta (The Assumption) - August 15th, the midsummer Roman holiday. A great many places close down on this day


  • Crafts show - late September, takes place in Via dell'Orso


  • Feast of St. Francis of Assisi - early October, flowers are laid at the monument to St. Francis and at other statues, near San Giovanni, Laterano


  • All Saints' Day - early November, many churches that are usually closed may be open for visiting on this public holiday
  • Unity Day - early November, marking World War I and Armed Forces Day, there is a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Piazza Navona


  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception - early December, the Pope or his envoy places flowers at the column of the Virgin in Piazza di Spagnathis religious holiday
  • St. Stephen's Day - December 26th, many Romans visit nativity scenes in churches throughout Rome on this public holiday
  • New Year's Eve - December 31st, masses are celebrated in churches and traditionally, broken crockery is tossed from balconies. There are also many parties and general celebrations