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Tips for Visiting Rome During Easter

Tips for Visiting Rome During Easter

Easter in Rome sees springtime weather, festive cuisine, and holiday mass led by the pope in the heart of the Vatican—but also, huge crowds. If you find yourself in the Eternal City during Holy Week, here’s how to make the most of your visit.

How is Easter celebrated in Italy?

Easter, or Pasqua, marks a formal but energetic week of prayer in Italy, known as Holy Week, orSettimana Santa. In Rome, the Vatican takes center stage with extravagant processions and papal mass drawings tens of thousands of visitors and pilgrims to St. Peter’s Square. The main event—the pope–led via Crucis ceremony—is held on Good Friday; Easter Sunday is spent with family; and the national holiday Pasquetta (Easter Monday), is typically spent outdoors.

Know what's closed—and what to do instead.

Most tourist attractions keep normal hours during Holy Week, with the exception of the Colosseum, which closes early on Good Friday. Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are public holidays in Italy, so many shops, restaurants, and landmarks, including the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, are closed. This is a good time to explore neighborhoods such as Quartiere Coppede; attend Easter Vigil at St. Peter’s Basilica (be sure to prebook tickets); or tour the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Borghese Gallery, which remain open throughout the weekend.

Book a Vatican tour to see Pope Francis.

With papal masses, addresses, and processions in full swing, it’s easy to check an Easter with the pope off your bucket list. Scope out the nighttime via Crucis ceremony, when the pope leads a torchlit procession from the Colosseum to Palatine Hill, or ditch the crowds on a Vatican tour with guaranteed papal audience tickets, reserved seats, and a great view of the pope’s address.

Skip the line at the Colosseum.

Easter might be a popular time to visit Rome, but it’s easy to work around the crowds when you book skip-the-line tickets. Enjoy priority access to the ancient Colosseum, and consider tacking on fast-track tickets to Raphael’s Rooms and the Sistine Chapel on a sightseeing combo tour.

Experience Pasquetta as the Italians do—outside.

The Monday after Easter is when the serious religious tone lifts and Italians head outdoors to enjoy the spring weather. Take a leisurely guided bike tour around the city to hit famous sights such as the Appian Way, or head out on a day trip to the island of Capri for swimming, hiking, and exploring by the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Tuscany Countryside Day Trip from Rome including 3-Course & Wine Tasting

Tuscany Countryside Day Trip from Rome including 3-Course & Wine Tasting

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Take a Tuscany tour from Rome and see the best of the captivating Val d’Orcia region, near Siena. With a local guide at your side, discover countryside where historic hilltowns perch on sun-drenched hills and Tuscan farms dot the landscape. Visit the wine towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, and enjoy free time to explore Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Wine tasting and lunch at a farm is included.
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Capri Day Trip from Rome

Capri Day Trip from Rome

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Looking for one of the best Rome day trips? Travel to Capri, an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, on this day trip with an experienced guide. Journey by coach to Naples, where you cross the deep blue sea by boat to reach the isle of Capri. Enjoy lunch in Anacapri, a hilltop village with wonderful views, and then explore the main town of Capri independently. You can also take a boat tour to Capri’s famous Blue Grotto, if you wish.
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Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

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Fast Track - Vatican Tour with Museums, Sistine Chapel & Raphael rooms

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Discover Vatican City including the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. Home to the world’s largest private portfolio of artwork, the Vatican is a must-see for visitors to Rome, and the best way to explore it is with a guide. Learn about Raphael’s Rooms, the Michelangelo frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, the ‘La Pietà' sculpture in St. Peter’s Basilica and more. Choose from several start times or upgrade to a small-group tour with just 12 people.
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Skip-the-Line Self-Guided Tour: Dedicated Access to St. Peter's Basilica

Skip-the-Line Self-Guided Tour: Dedicated Access to St. Peter's Basilica

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Enjoy the freedom to explore St Peter's Basilica at your own pace and on your own mobile device with this wifi audio guided tour. Use the access code and the Basilica's wifi to download the audio guide to your phone or tablet.
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Discover the Ancient Ruins of Pompeii: Day Trip from Rome

Discover the Ancient Ruins of Pompeii: Day Trip from Rome

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Intrigued by the sights of Italy’s south? Take a day trip from Rome to Naples and Pompeii, and discover their sights as you listen to tales of Bourbon kings and ancient volcanic eruptions. Travel around Naples by coach to see Castel dell’Ovo, Piazza del Plebiscito and Naples Royal Palace. Then, enjoy lunch and finish with a tour of Pompeii’s UNESCO-listed archaeological ruins to see the monuments that lay buried for centuries.
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Private Tour: Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour with Arena entrance

Private Tour: Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour with Arena entrance

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See ancient Roman ruins and more on this morning or afternoon private walking tour. Visit key sites like the Colosseum and Roman Forum, enjoying skip-the-line access as you learn about the notorious gladiator competitions of old. Plus, stop for photo ops at the Trevi Fountain among other landmarks.
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