Rome celebrates its 2775th anniversary this week
Romans, prepare your cake and your candles! This week is Rome’s birthday – and it’s a big birthday. This year, the Italian capital will mark 2,775 years since – according to myth – it was founded by Romulus and Remus (although the latter didn’t last long).
The day is known locally as Natale di Roma and takes place tomorrow (April 21). So how do you celebrate a huge birthday like your 2,775th? Well, Rome will grow, as you can imagine.
The festivities will last four days, from April 21 to 24, with many exhibitions, re-enactments and other educational events. the Gruppo Storico Romanoa theater troupe specializing in historical re-enactments, will bring the city’s history to life with a series of battles, live music, theater and dance performances.
Expect Roman gladiator street fights, re-enactments of ancient Roman festivals, and plenty of fascinating workshops. The Gruppo Storico Romano has put together a four-day programme, with the majority of performances being free and taking place at the Circus Maximus.
On April 21, many of Rome’s museums (especially those run by the city itself) will also be free to enter. The anniversary celebrations will be capped off with a “Grand Parade”, a march from the Circus Maximus to the Colosseum starting at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.
It should be noted that if April 21, 753 BC. AD is Rome’s official birthday, the actual beginnings of the city are hotly debated. Some archaeologists estimate that humans have occupied the same area for over 5,000 years. An excuse for a party, huh?
The Natale di Roma of 2022 seems like a total celebration of a legendary city. For the full program, see the official website here.
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