Celebrating the 2771st birthday of Rome

Today we celebrate the founding of Rome, in Italy called “Natale di Roma” and traditionally fixed on the 21st April 753 BC. Discover some of the several events organized for the 2771st anniversary of the Eternal City.

The historical camp set in April 20-22, 2018 at Circus Maximus, during the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
The historical camp set in April 20-22, 2018 at Circus Maximus, during the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma.

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Ancient Roman Praetorian guard's tent featuring at the historical camp set in April 20-22, 2018 at Circus Maximus, during the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
Ancient Roman gladiators' tent featuring at the historical camp set in April 20-22, 2018 at Circus Maximus, during the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma

Friday 20 April

The three days of celebrations began on Friday 20th April 2018, with the symbolic “Coronation” of a living personification of Rome goddess during a performance with actors dressed up like ancient Romans, accompanied by a music ensemble and a choir (piazza del Campidoglio, from 3.30 pm).

The "Coronation of Rome goddess" event on the 20th of April 2018 at piazza del Campidoglio to start the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
Ancient Roman characters featuring at the "Coronation of Rome goddess" event on the 20th of April 2018 at piazza del Campidoglio to start the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
The "Coronation of Rome goddess" event on the 20th of April 2018 at piazza del Campidoglio to start the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
Romulus and Remus featuring at the "Coronation of Rome goddess" event on the 20th of April 2018 at piazza del Campidoglio to start the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma

Saturday 21 April

Among the several events organized on this day, we recommend the historical re-enactment of the founding of Rome, “Tracciato del solco”, recalling the emblematic act undertaken by Romulus, who according to the tradition ploughed a square furrow around the Palatine Hill to demarcate the boundaries of the future city (Circo Massimo, 3.00 pm).

The historical re-enactment of the founding of Rome, “Tracciato del solco”, featuring at the historical camp set in April 20-22, 2018 at Circus Maximus, during the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
The historical re-enactment of the founding of Rome, “Tracciato del solco”, featuring at the historical camp set in April 20-22, 2018 at Circus Maximus, during the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma

Later, the event “Orazi e Curiazi” will be performed, that is a re-enactment of the legendary fight between the three Roman brothers Horatii and the three triplets Curiatii from the city of Alba Longa, at the time of the king of Rome Tullus Hostilius (Circo Massimo, 4.00 pm). The religious ceremony of the “Palilia” will follow these re-enactments (Circo Massimo 5.00 pm).

The historical re-enactment of the religious ceremony of the “Palilia”, featuring at the historical camp set in April 20-22, 2018 at Circus Maximus, during the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
The historical re-enactment of the religious ceremony of the “Palilia”, featuring at the historical camp set in April 20-22, 2018 at Circus Maximus, during the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
The historical re-enactment of the religious ceremony of the “Palilia”, featuring at the historical camp set in April 20-22, 2018 at Circus Maximus, during the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
The historical re-enactment of the religious ceremony of the “Palilia”, featuring at the historical camp set in April 20-22, 2018 at Circus Maximus, during the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma

Sunday 22 April

To worthily close the celebrations, a historical procession will start from Circo Massimo and pass by Teatro di Marcello, Piazza Venezia and Via dei Fori Imperiali, where the participating people will be “blessed” by the Emperor Hadrian Pontifex Maximums (from Circo Massimo, 11.00 am).

The historical procession starting from Circo Massimo and passing by Teatro di Marcello, Piazza Venezia and Via dei Fori Imperiali, to worthily close on the 22nd of April 2018 the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
The historical procession starting from Circo Massimo and pass by Teatro di Marcello, Piazza Venezia and Via dei Fori Imperiali, to worthily close on the 22nd of April 2018 the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
The historical procession starting from Circo Massimo and passing by Teatro di Marcello, Piazza Venezia and Via dei Fori Imperiali, to worthily close on the 22nd of April 2018 the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
The historical procession starting from Circo Massimo and passing by Teatro di Marcello, Piazza Venezia and Via dei Fori Imperiali, to worthily close on the 22nd of April 2018 the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma

In the afternoon, other re-enactments like religious rituals, ancient dances, gladiatorial fights and historical battles will be performed (Circo Massimo, from 3.00 pm).

Ancient Roman gladiatorial fight, featuring at the historical camp set in April 20-22, 2018 at Circus Maximus, during the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
Ancient Roman horse races, featuring at the historical camp set in April 20-22, 2018 at Circo Maximus, during the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
Ancient Roman dances, featuring at the historical camp set in April 20-22, 2018 at Circus Maximus, during the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
Ancient Roman legions from the final historical re-enactment of the ancient battles in Britannia, featuring at the historical camp set in April 20-22, 2018 at Circus Maximus, during the celebrations of the founding of Rome, in Italy called Natale di Roma
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