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Meet an emperor in Rome

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People with an interest in ancient history should fit a visit to the Fori Imperiali complex into their Rome tours this year to learn about one of the leaders of the city’s ancient empire.

An exhibition exploring the rule of the Roman emperor Vespasianus will be open throughout 2009 and up to January 10th next year.

The display was launched to mark the 2,000th anniversary of Vespasianus’ birth and pay tribute to an emperor who is often overshadowed by the likes of Nero and Augustus.

Vespasianus played an important part in the development of the Roman empire, modifying the structure of its politics and its government.

Visitors to Rome will also be able to go on a journey back into its eventful history at an exhibition dedicated to Fra Angelico at the Musei Capitolini, which will be open until July 5th.

The showcase includes many pieces that have never been exhibited before and offers a fascinating introduction to one of the most important painters of the early Renaissance period.

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Rome to host Letterature

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People taking Rome tours in late May and early June this year will be in the city as it hosts Letterature, its international literature festival.

This event is traditionally held from mid-May to mid-June in the Basilica di Massenzio in the Italian capital.

While entrance is free, visitors still have to present a token to get in which, according to events website whatsonwhen.com, can be picked up at the box office at Via dei Fori Imperiali.

The festival sees successful authors from all over the world visit Rome to present and discuss their work, including pieces that have been produced specifically for the event.

In past years, the cultural celebration has included participation by the likes of Nick Hornby, Jeffery Deaver, VS Naipaul, Gore Vidal and Salman Rushdie.

Visitors will take part in various talks and readings, many of which will be accompanied by live music.

Rome boasts many other attractions and institutions that will interest people who want to take in some culture and history, including the Capitoline and Villa Borghese museums.

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Depeche Mode to play Rome

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Rome tours will include some musical entertainment for many visitors later this year when the city hosts a gig by British electro rockers Depeche Mode.

To support the release of their new album Sounds of the Universe, the band will be embarking on a tour that will get underway in Luxembourg on May 6th and visit the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on June 16th.

There will be plenty of other destinations on the extensive tour, including London (May 30th), Berlin (June 10th), Paris (June 27th), Seville (July 12th) and New York (August 3rd, 4th).

Sounds of the Universe, Depeche Mode’s first album since 2005′s Playing the Angel, will be released on April 20th.

The band have enjoyed several number one hits around the world during a career spanning almost two decades, including Ultra and Songs of Faith and Devotion, both of which reached the top of the charts in the UK.

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico will also prove a popular venue with tourists on May 27th this year when it hosts the Champions League final.

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Italy and the Vatican Worship for Easter

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As the home of the Vatican, it is no surprise that Easter in Italy is a major event. The celebrations vary from the intensely religious to the carefree celebrations of spring. Catholic masses are conducted by the holiest of men in the Vatican and traditions of amusement take over neighboring towns. The historic Scoppio del Carro leaves worshipers in awe. The celebrations are extremely religious but are conducted on such a scale that members of any school of thought will enjoy them. Italy at Easter time is a spectacle and a dream but there is no Easter bunny in Italy, so don’t expect to be greeted by a sugar-covered chocolate marshmallows when you land.

Easter Sunday, a Day of Celebration

Pasqua, the Italian Easter, sees the people of Italy escape out of doors and enjoy the spring sunshine. People parade the streets holding large statues of Mary or Jesus before them in reverence. Catholic priests travel from home to shop to home offering blessings for good luck. In St. Peter’s Basilica the Pope says a special mass. An average of 100,000 people turn up for this even every year covering the earth beneath the Pope’s balcony. The night before the Pope baptises adults newly converted to Catholicism and calls the word to peace. continue reading

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Catch the climax of Serie A in Rome

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Football fans planning Rome tours in May will get the chance to see some world-class sporting entertainment as the 2008-09 Serie A season draws to a close.

The city’s two top-flight sides – Roma and Lazio – share the city’s Stadio Olimpico and both will be looking to pick up maximum points at home as they target a top-four finish.

Roma appear to have a fairly straightforward run-in, with all of the teams they will face in May currently in the bottom half of the table, starting with Chievo on May 3rd.

Francesco Totti and his team-mates will then line up against Catania on May 17th before playing their last game of the season against Torino, currently third from bottom and staring relegation in the face, on May 31st.

The fixture list has also smiled upon Lazio – they will play Udinese, currently 13th in Serie A, on May 10th before facing bottom-of-the-table Reggina on May 24th.

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico will then play host to two of the giants of European football when it serves as the venue for the 2009 Champions League final on May 27th.

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Harlem Globetrotters to swing by Rome

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Holidaymakers planning Rome tours later this year will be in for some top-class entertainment when the Harlem Globetrotters visit the city.

As part of a major European tour, the famous basketball exhibition team will perform at the Palazetto dello Sport on May 4th.

A number of other European cities will feature on the Globetrotters’ tour this spring, including Innsbruck (April 28th), Zurich (May 10th), Paris (May 13th), Barcelona (May 24th) and Lisbon (May 30th).

The Harlem Globetrotters were founded in 1926 and over the past eight decades have played more than 25,000 games in front of audiences including presidents, popes and royalty.

In 2000, Globetrotter Michael ‘Wild Thing’ Wilson set a new world record when he made a successful slam dunk in a basket that stood 12 feet off the ground.

People on Rome tours who would like to experience a more European sporting spectacle can head to the Stadio Olimpico to see either AS Roma or SS Lazio play a Serie A football match.

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Art and history to be explored in Rome

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Travellers planning Rome tours over the coming months will be able to immerse themselves in the art and history of their holiday destination by attending a number of exhibitions and events.

One of the most high-profile exhibitions currently open in the city is dedicated to the ancient Roman emperor Julius Caesar, focusing on how the man himself compares with the myths associated with him.

The showcase, which includes archaeological finds and models to illustrate how Rome appeared in Caesar’s time, will be open at Chiostro del Bramante until May 3rd.

Another journey into Italy’s history is on offer at Complesso del Vittoriano, which until June 28th will present an exhibition focusing on the painter and architect Giotto di Bondone.

The cultural focus of Rome’s museums is not limited to Europe, however, as a display focusing on the American artist, sculptor and inventor Alexander Calder will be open at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni until May 10th.

Football fans will be joining the art and history buffs in the Italian capital this spring when Rome’s Stadio Olimpico plays host to the 2009 Champions League final on May 27th.

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Tennis stars to go head-to-head in Rome

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Tennis fans planning Rome tours later this year will be able to enjoy some world-class entertainment when the ATP World Tour comes to the Italian capital.

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia contest will get underway at Rome’s Foro Italico venue on April 27th this year.

Serbian stars Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic were the victorious players in their respective sides of the tournament in 2008 and both are likely to be back to defend their titles this year.

The competition will see the world’s top players straining every sinew to make it to the final and challenge for the top prize of €2.75 million (£2.47 million).

After visiting Rome, the ATP Tour will head to Munich for a tournament starting on May 3rd, followed by an event in Madrid on May 10th and the French Open in Paris on May 25th.

Holidaymakers on Rome tours can discover more about the importance of sport in the city by paying a visit to the Stadio Olimpico, which is home to the Serie A football sides AS Roma and SS Lazio.

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Rome celebrates Easter with Good Friday Procession

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With the home of the Roman Catholic church located within the city walls, there’s no denying that Rome is alive with faith and the locals are proud of their religion.

Hardly surprising, then, that Easter celebrations are played out so evocatively – a prime example of which is the Good Friday Procession, which remembers the sufferings of Christ’s passions.

Moving by torchlight, Pope Benedict XVI will lead the solemn event through the streets of the Italian capital, re-enacting the final acts of Christ from his death sentence at the hands of the Romans to his being laid to rest in the tomb.

The occasion attracts many thousands of locals and visitors on Rome tours and for all the sombre atmosphere many of the assembled faithful find it a thought-provoking and redeeming experience as the key facet of their faith – Christ’s sacrifice on the cross – is remembered with this fitting tribute.

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Rome Marathon sees thousands turn out for good causes

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One of the key dates on the European long-distance running circuit, the Rome Marathon grows in stature year on year and is seen by many as being in the same league as the London and Berlin events.

The course passes by some of the most famous sights that the city has to offer and represents a great way for visitors on Rome tours to take in several key attractions.

Among the spectacular backdrops to this challenging race are such well-known sights as the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican City.

Youngsters and those who don’t fancy trotting around the full distance can take part in the shorter Fun Run event, which is still pretty testing but more accessible to less experienced runners.

While the race itself happens on the Sunday (March 22nd), the whole weekend is given over to related events and celebrations – with perhaps even more pasta consumed the night before that at the London event!

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