We love this national holiday called Workers' Day, or primo Maggio. We don’t work, the most of the attractions are closed It’s one of the great occasion for picnic or big outdoor lunch with family and friends.
Must have food is ‘fave e pecorino’: Fava beans and Pecorino cheese, very tasty… a bite of pecorino cheese and a bean while chatting and having fun and wine.
On May 1,the big happening is the free concert in front of the Basilica of San Giovanni.it is a great musical event attended by thousands of people. It is organized by the trade unions.
It starts around 2pm and finishes around midnight, with many local and international artists playing throughout. The crowd is enormous, very young and enthusiastic. If you are not attending the concert, I suggest avoiding the area.
First of all tickets for all Papal ceremonies are issued free of charge. If some agencies or guides charge you for the ticket they are dishonest and against the spirit of the Pope.
To attend a Papal Audience the ticket is required but not compulsory for individuals. Pilgrims and groups write the Prefecture of the Papal Household ahead of time to advise of their participation, hence their name will be listed and they will be introduced to the Pope. A precise info is also needed to place the correct number of seats in the square.
However if you don't have the chance to get a ticket ahead of time you can join the audience entering the square even when the Audience has already started.
I've done it several times with guests that expressed the desire just on the touring day.
How to get the tickets
Below there are different options:
The Prefecture of the Papal Household
or Santa Susanna American Community in Rome.
Get your ticket the day before asking the swiss guards in saint Peter square or at Sant Anna gate.
More info about meeting the Pope
The famous Keyhole is located in a gateway leading to the Knights of Malta gardens in piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta on the Aventine hill in Rome.
The square was designed by the famous architect and painter Giovan Battista Piranesi, a 18th century famous architect and engraver also known for his
romantic etchings depicting Rome, who also realized the palace and the small church called Santa Maria del Priorato, both within the extraterritorial properties.
The beautiful and impressive square has splendid decorations rich in obelisks and military trophies full of symbols and
references and the famous doorway with the keyhole.
Every Sunday morning in the trastevere roman neighborhood is held the traditional streetmarket of Porta Portese.
Today while going to meet Margaret and her family I stopped for a coffee and was pleased by the animated atmosphere...
It's very alive and you can really find every kind of stuff there. Even pickpockets!
In any case it's worth a visit
A large number of state museums will be open tomorrow night from 8:00 till 2:00am.
Some events and concerts will be organized as well...the museums cost will be 1 euro.
It's a great opportunity for Romans and foreign travelers....
In Easter week there are many celebrations in the Vatican. Travelers that wish to visit Rome has to remember that the visit of Saint Peter Basilica can be difficult, while the Vatican museums are closed on April the 8th and 9th.
The liturgical calendar and activities of the Pope in 2012 Easter week follows after the 'read more' :
All the state museums will be free of charge from April 14th till April 22nd.
This means every Roman museum except the Vatican will be free of charge.
This blog is aimed to share with you my Roman experiences, reflections and researches.