Rome celebrates its 2771th birthday with a packed program of events

On April 21, 2018, Rome celebrates its birthday number 2771. Here is the rich calendar of events for the occasion.

On April 21, 2018, Rome will turn 2771 years old. The birthday will be celebrated with a program full of events between April 21 and 22 that was presented on the morning of April 18 at the Tabularium of the Capitoline Museums with speeches by Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi, Deputy Mayor Luca Bergamo and Roma Capitale Culture Commission Chairwoman Eleonora Guadagno.
“Rome is ours and we have to celebrate it,” said Mayor Raggi, "The new fact that inspired us is that Christmas in Rome has remained somewhat closed to the city and we would like the city to start participating, having events and moments that celebrate it in a widespread and square way.
The festivities will start on April 21 at 9:30 a.m. with the laying of a laurel wreath by Mayor Virginia Raggi at the Unknown Soldier in Piazza Venezia and will continue at 11 a.m. with the official ceremony in Aula Giulio Cesare. At 12 p.m., the local police band will perform in Capitol Square, followed by the mayor meeting with some of Rome’s high school students in the Marcus Aurelius Exedra of the Capitoline Museums. For movie buffs, from 4 p.m. at the Casa del Cinema there will be a free admission “Brothers, Knives, Twins” screening produced in collaboration with the Fondazione Cinema per Roma.
From 4 to 8 p.m., there is also the usual appointment with the marathon reading of the sonnets of “Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli. La nascita de Roma,” now in its third edition, organized by the Superintendence at the Protomoteca Hall of Palazzo Senatorio in Campidoglio.
Throughout the day there will be free visits for all to municipal museums, “Travels in Ancient Rome” by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano, Municipalities IV and IX and the Settecamini archaeological area.
The reopening of the Municipal Rose Garden to the public is also planned.
Ostia will be involved in the celebrations with a performance by the Opera House Women’s Chorus at 9 p.m. at the Lido di Ostia Theater.
The celebrations will continue on Sunday, April 22, from 2:30 to 8 p.m. with an afternoon of widespread festivities along Via Petroselli, which will be pedestrianized for the occasion, where after the local police performance, concerts and shows produced in collaboration with the Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma, Teatro di Roma and Fondazione Musica per Roma will take turns on the four stages.
Some events will start as early as April 20, such as the International Seminar of Historical Studies “From Rome to the Third Rome” (April 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the concert “Aeterna Roma” realized in collaboration with the polyphonic choir “Romane Voces” and Gruppo Storico romano (April 20 at 5 p.m. Capitol Square). Also at 10 a.m. in Passeggiata di Ripetta/Piazza Augusto Imperatore, the memorial plaque of archaeologist Antonio Nibby (Rome, April 14, 1792 - Rome Dec. 29, 1839), a scholar of the topography of Rome and the Roman Campagna, will be unveiled.
In addition, “The Ara as it was” at the Ara Pacis Museum will reserve a special promotion dedicated to Roman citizens for the days of Friday 20 and Saturday 21.

Rome celebrates its 2771th birthday with a packed program of events
Rome celebrates its 2771th birthday with a packed program of events

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