the Rome Chamber of Commerce to get the exact dates of these
events : Ente Provinciale per il Turismo,
via Parigi 11, 00185 Roma (tel. 463.748).
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Internazionali di Tennis (May)
del Colosseo (August)
di Santa Francesca Romana (March 9), Santa Francesca
Romana. Blessing of the city's cars, buses and trams.
di San Giuseppe (March 19), Trionfale area. St. Joseph's
(and Father's) Day. Street stalls, food, and music.
(March/April - date varies in relation to Easter Sunday), Colosseum.
Procession of the Cross at 9:00 p.m. led by the pope.
(Sunday before April 21), Piazza dei Campidoglio.
(March/April), Piazza di Spagna and Trinita dei Monti. Azaleas
in the street and concerts.
(April/May), Via Margutta.
(early May), Villa Borghese.
(mid-late May), Via dei Coronari.
(late May), Foro Italico.
Festival (June, the Sunday after Corpus Domini),
Genzano, Castelli Romani, south of Rome. Streets are carpeted
di San Giovanni (June 23-24), Piazza di Porta San
Giovanni. Celebrated with meals of snails in tomato sauce, suckling
pig, a fair, and fireworks display.
(late June-late July), mainly in Villa Medici. Films, dance,
theater, and concerts.
di San Pietro
(June 29), many churches. Celebrations mark the feast of St.
(end June-mid-July), along the Tiber. Arts and crafts, food
and wine, music and fireworks.
(last two weeks in July), the streets of Trastevere. Feating,
processions and entertainment.
(July/August), Baths of Caracalla, Villa Ada, Ostia Antica,
by the Tiber, in parks. Opera, concerts, drama, and film.
della Madonna della Neve
(August 5), Santa Maria Maggiore. Legendary 4th century fall
of snow re-enacted with showers of white flower petals.
(August 15), Santa Maria in Trastevere. Midsummer Roman holiday.
Almost everything closes down. Celebrations are held for the
Feast of the Assumption.
Fair (September), Via Margutta.
Sagra dell'Uva (early September), Basilica of Constantine. Harvest
festival with grapes selling at bargain prices and lots of folksy
(last week September/first week October), Via dell'Orso, near
Via dei Coronari.
di Santa Cecilia
(November 22), Santa Cecilia in Trastevere and Catacombs of
(late November), Campo de' Fiori.
della Madonna Immacolata (December 8), Piazza di
Spagna. Firemen climb up a ladder to place a wreath on the statue
of the Virgin Mary. Column in front of McDonald's.
Befana (mid-December-mid-January), Piazza Navona. Christmas
and children's market.
(mid-December-mid-January), many churches. Life-sized scene
in St. Peter's Square, collection at Santi Cosma e Damiano.
(December 24), at most churches.
(Decmeber 25), St. Peter's Square. Blessing by the pope.
(December 31), all over Rome. Fireworks displays, furniture
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