In a March of ups and downs in the weather, we are finally nearing the season of warm weather full of hope for warmer, longer days (helped along by the Day Light Savings).

In a March of ups and downs in the weather, we are finally nearing the season of warm weather full of hope for warmer, longer days (helped along by the Day Light Savings).

For those of you heading to Rome in the spring, here is a list of events to mark in your calendars.

FAI Days

On March 24 and 25, buildings, gardens, and monuments that are normally closed to the public will open their doors just for this event: Villa Massimo, Villa Blanc, Teatro di Villa Torlonia, Palazzo Giustiniani and Palazzo della Marina.
The National Trust for Italy, as known as Fai (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) is a non-profit foundation that takes care of special places in Italy for the benefit of present and future generations.

Villa Blanc is an eclectic late-19th-century building built by Baron Blanc, and, after having been restored, it is now used as a campus for the Luiss Business School.

Exhibitions

If you like exhibitions, the wonderful Monet exhibition at the Vittoriano has been extended. Until June 2018.

The lovely retrospective on Hiroshige is also ongoing at the Scuderie del Quirinale: for fans of Japanese culture, there are over 230 exhibited works from museums and private collections around the world. From March,1 to July, 29 2018.

On March 22 at the Cloister of Bramante, an exhibition is opening with works by Turner, the great Romantic painter, from the Tate Britain, including about 90 paintings, as well as watercolors and sketches, never before shown in Italy. Until August 2018.

Michelangelo & Sting

Last Judgment: Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel” is a show like none in the world, bringing together an Italian great of the past, Michelangelo, with a top contemporary singer, Sting.

A 60-minute show takes the audience back in time to Rome in 1508, the year in which Michelangelo's Last Judgment was made. An interactive story, with a completely new format, combines 270° projections, theater, music, and technology, to give the audience a glimpse into the torments of genius, and what led him to create this masterpiece.

Easter is coming

In late March / early April are the celebrations Holy Easter, which falls on Sunday, April 1.

Events related to the Holy Week include:

  • On Holy Thursday, the traditional rite of foot washing; Pope Francis has performed symbolic rite over the years for prisoners, political refugees, and people of various ethnic groups and religions.
  • Good Friday — the Way of the Cross by night (from 9.00 pm), with a procession that starts from the Colosseum (which therefore is closed to visits that afternoon).
  • Easter Vigil during the night of Holy Saturday
  • On Easter Sunday at 10.00 a.m., Holy Mass and then, at noon, the "Urbi et Orbi" blessing.
  • On Easter Monday "Regina Coeli" in St. Peter's Square Easter Sunday, being the first Sunday of the month, coincides with the #domenicalmuseo (=#museumsunday) when entrance to museums is free.

Most museums are open both on Easter and the following Monday, except the Vatican Museums, which are closed both days.


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