From: Rome Festivals and Events 2012 - 2013

See also: Vatican CitySt. Peter's Basilica

Simply the most inspiring place to enjoy Easter and Holy week is within Rome where many Catholics pilgrimage to take part in services such as the Mass held within St. Peters Square, St. Peter's Basilica as well as to hear the Papal blessing on Easter Sunday.

Palm Sunday which is known as Domenica delle Palme forms the beginning of Holy Week with the Pope often giving a Mass within St. Peter's Square where large crowds gather to commemorate the triumphant return of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem.

Holy Week is the week before Easter Sunday and during this time you will find that there are several church services taking place with Gospel readings. In particular on Holy Thursday the Pope will often perform both a morning mass known as the Mass of the Chrism and a mass in celebration of the Lords Supper which both often take place within St. Peter's Basilica.

Good Friday is of course a solemn day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus, there is a procession of the Cross that travels from the Colosseum to Capitoline Hill.

Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and the Pope delivers Mass within St. Peter's Square followed by a speech to the city of Rome and to the World known as 'Urbi et Orbi'.

Easter Date
Easter is known as a moveable feast whereby it is not fixed to a set date but which is usually celebrated around April

St. Peter's Square and St. Peter's Basilica are the most impressive places to visit over the Easter period and are within Vatican City.

Travel There
To travel to the Vatican you can travel by bus or taxi or take the Metro Linea A to Ottaviano, or take the number 19 tram to Risorgimento/S. Pietro.