The Befana between events and nativities many ways to say goodbye to the holidays
Rome takes leave from the big Christmas holidays in a great way. In the last weekend of festivities, the classic appointment with the Befana still offers events and shows for all tastes and all ages. And not only in the capital.
Parade of the Magi, special Bioparco, music at the Auditorium, theater, hiking and cycling
Special day, especially dedicated to children. A thousand costumed figures will come to St. Peter. The game- laboratories at the Museum of Zoology and “The Nights of Dr. Stellarium” at the Planetarium
The capital closes the Christmas season with events and shows, even after January 6, aided by the weekend that “stretches” the holidays.
St. Peter’s Square
‘Viva la Befana’ 10:45 St. Peter’s Square
The weekend opens with the traditional Epiphany parade of the Three Kings, the morning of January 6, at St. Peter’s. This year, they will come to pay homage to Baby Jesus from the hinterland: thousand people in costumes greeted in the Vatican by the mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, will accompany the Magi to the Pontifical House. More “pagan”, but no less characteristic of the Epiphany in flesh and bones, as every year, the traditional Christmas market in Piazza Navona, and coal to distribute sweets to children.
Very famous is the nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square: built next to the obelisk at the center of the square and distinctive pine donated by Ukraine. The scene houses statues of Pietro Cantagalli, more than three meters high, built in 1846 for the Torlonia, that were donated to St. Vincent Pallotti for the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle.
The traditional Christmas market in Piazza Navona, there will be, as every year, a witch in flesh and bones, distributing sweets and coal to children. In the stalls around, you will find flying witches of all types and sizes, brooms, and good luck ‘witch’s apple’ sugar-coated or chocolate, in addition to the classic stockings, to be filled or already packed.
Nativity in Piazza del Campidoglio
The crib in Piazza del Campidoglio is made of chalk statues and set in nineteenth-century Roman country. The statues are hand-crafted and the landscape is composed of masonry arches, ruins and walls all typical of the period.
Nativity in Trastevere
Yet to suggest is the crib at Museo di Roma in Trastevere, permanent work carried out by the Angelo Urbani del Fabbretto, set in the nineteenth century Rome that shows its most varied aspects of the reality of the place and time represented.
Piazza del Popolo
Not to forget adults we remember the event on Sunday the musical ‘Romaincanto’ (at 12 am in the Church of the Artists in Piazza del Popolo) that during the holiday offers the Romans and to the many tourists who visit the city concerts for choir and orchestra, with free admission.