Since Easter is one of the main events of the Catholic Church, what better way to celebrate it than with its leader, Pope Francis, in the Vatican? Watch the magnificent Easter ceremonies and take advantage of the arrival of spring to stroll through Rome and absorb its splendorous history, art, architecture and gastronomy.
The Holy Week begins on April 14th, on Palm Sunday, celebrated in the Vatican with a mass and a procession presided by the Pope, where olive branches are blessed to remember the entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem. On Maundy Thursday, April 18th, there will be a Chrism Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter, celebrated not only by the Pope but also by the highest ranks of the Catholic Church and the following day, on Good Friday, the Pope presides at the Passion Ceremony, also in the Basilica. This night follows the most moving moment of all, the Via Sacra, where the Pope walks the 14 stages of the Passion of Christ next to the Coliseum, and in each of them makes a stop and a meditation reminiscing the difficult moments of the Passion. With the candlelit course, it is a journey full of reflection and spirituality.
On April 20th, the Holy Saturday is celebrated with the solemn Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of the Lord and the blessing of the new fire in the atrium of the Basilica. Easter Sunday begins with the Paschal Mass, with free admission, but for which it is necessary to acquire a ticket in advance, and at noon the Urbi et Orbi blessing is given to Rome and to the whole world. After the solemnities, it is time for the traditional Easter lunch. There are many restaurants in the city that are open, this way you can try the typical dishes of the occasion like the milky lamb and the beef or vegetables lasagne. For the dessert do not forget to taste the colomba pascal (a cake in the shape of a dove) or the lamb made of marzipan, of Sicilian tradition. Monday is the Pasquetta and a holiday in Rome, ideal to rest or follow the footsteps of the Romans on sunny days, picnicking in one of the many parks or spend the day on Lake Bracciano or in Frascatti.
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