The biggest festival of ancient rome in the world, Natale di Roma (Birth of Rome) in Italy, held on April 21 2022. Birth of Rome 2022 had 150,000 spectators in total in the 4 days of events. 9 different nations represented among the reenactors who came from all over the world. Televisions tell about the activities in Italian, French, Spanish, English and many other languages.
Rome birth on April 21, 753 BC Romulus is said to have founded the city. With this date the chronology of the city begins. The rather round year is celebrated in a big way. The date was calculated by the astrologer Tarunzio, a friend of Cicero, shortly before the Christian era.
Celebrate the 2775th Rome’s birthday in style on April 21, here is an impressive parade of about 2,000 participants, which begins at the Circo Massimo with historically accurate costumes, ranging from fierce centurions with armor and bearskins to Vestal Virgins and Roman children. Throughout the day there are reenactments of battles and rituals, and the day ends with a light show on the imperial forums and fireworks over the Colosseum.
The Natale di Roma also with a rich calendar of guided tours, educational events, inaugurations, exhibitions, concerts, theatrical performances and film screenings. And to admire the beauties of its collections, Rome gives you free admission to city museums, including exhibitions, and to the archaeological area of the Circus Maximus and the Mausoleum of Augustus.
The Gruppo Storico Romano organizes every year exhibitions, events and a parade at the Circus Maximus on the day of the foundation of Rome. Historical groups from all over the world participate. In the Circus Maximus there is not only an arena for performances, but also a large village with Roman and barbarian encampments. There is also a magical night at the Pantheon in a suggestive atmosphere.
As in the past, the Gruppo Storico Romano builds a Castrum at the Circus Maximus. From 21 to 24 April there is the show area and the didactic area with exhibitions on the themes of cooking, medicine, religion, school, the life of women and the military in ancient Rome. There is also a photographic exhibition of the previous editions of the “Christmas of Rome”.
The celebrations in honor of Flavio Cesare Vespasiano take place from 21 to 24 April. The theme of the year 2022 is Titus Flavius Vespasianus, the emperor Vespasian, the founder of the Flavian dynasty. After Nero’s death in 68 he was acclaimed emperor by the Egyptian legions on 1 July 69, the fourth emperor in a year. He managed to pacify the empire and ruled until 79. In 72 he began the construction of the Flavian Amphitheater, the Colosseum. A conference is dedicated to him in the Sala della Protomoteca in the Campidoglio.
The great parade is scheduled for Sunday 24 April 2022 from the Circus Maximus to Piazza Venezia and passing from the Imperial Forums to the Colosseum. The awaited restart of a unique event to remember Rome and its birth through the historical reenactors, the Roman Legio, the Vestals, and all those who passionately recall the deeds of the Eternal City.
The musical band will be involved around 2.00 pm waiting for the historical parade returning from the Imperial Forums and will welcome the reenactors friends to represent the ceremonial of the Emperor Nero and his legion that we will see first arrive at the “Castrum and in the “battlefield”. And music both thanks to the sixty elements directed by Maestro Andrea Monaldi with the presentation by Paolo Peroso dedicated to our city where there will be no lack of dialectical and figurative interactions in a unique and exciting scenario.
There also many scheduled events in the city and around during the Natale di Roma. In order to bring citizens closer, through observation and narration, to lesser-known works, monuments, artistic and cultural testimonies spread throughout the territory, a series of appointments led by museum officials are also scheduled on 21 April. The extraordinary opening of the Claudio and Felice Aqueducts is scheduled (10.30 am); scheduled visits to the Roman ruins in the basement of the Giovanni Barracco Museum recently returned to the public and recently equipped with an innovative lighting system.
Inaugurates at the Mercati di Traiano – Museo dei Fori Imperiali, opening to the public from 2.30 pm, Synesthesia, an interactive and multisensory installation that aims to develop new methodologies to relate the individual with his environment, through the use and encounter of practices such as interactive design and emerging health sciences. The work consists of an irregular and soft sphere with fluctuating effects of light and sound that invites you to come closer to engage in a sensorial conversation with the object and the environment.
The Planetarium of Roma Capitale, housed in the Museum of Roman Civilization, opens on 21 April and opens its doors to the public on 22. Equipped with a new cutting-edge technology and with new shows scheduled, the new digital planetarium is equipped with an articulated system of very high contrast video projectors, with 4K resolution and is able to reconstruct the surface of Earth, Moon with extreme realism. and Mars and to allow us to look beyond, to the most distant places in the universe, between galaxies and nebulae.
There will also be a walk in the Imperial Forums in search of traces of ancient crafts and a walk in Villa Borghese in the most significant places in the park such as the square of the Borghese Museum, the secret gardens, the Parco dei Daini, the Valle dei Platani, the area of Piazza di Siena and which will end at the Casino dell’Orologio, which is exceptionally open for the occasion. In the afternoon, visits to the collection of the Museum of the Roman School at the Casino Nobile of Villa Torlonia, to the Gallery of Modern Art with its cloister of sculptures and the current exhibition on video art and to the Capitoline Museums at the Cursus Honorum exhibition.
The Roman ruins in the basement of the Giovanni Barracco Museum recently returned to the public and recently equipped with an innovative lighting system. In the afternoon, moreover, you can visit the collection of the Museum of the Roman School at the Casino Nobile of Villa Torlonia, the Gallery of Modern Art with its cloister of sculptures and the ongoing exhibition on video art and Capitoline Museums with the exhibition Cursus Honorum. The government of Rome before Caesar, focused on the public offices of the magistrates of the republican age, a fundamental aspect of the political life of ancient Rome.
In the area of the Circus Maximus, the Gruppo Storico Romano remembers, as usual, the birthday of the city by proposing, from 9 April 21 to 21 April 24, a rich program with representations of ancient rites and festivals and historical re-enactment shows. Over the four days, within the area set up as the imperial and republican Castrum, there will be meetings with authors, music, photographic exhibitions and educational workshops for children.
The re-enactments of the Roman Historical Group
The Roman Historical Group is back live, at the Circus Maximus. The event for the Christmas of Rome will begin at 12 with the traditional rite to the Roman Numi – Circus Maximus: the traditional pietas association will carry out the rite to the Roman gods, aimed at honoring the memory and healthy values of the Roman world. We will continue at 4 pm with the “track of the furrow-Circo Massimo”, at 5 pm “Le Palilie”; at 19:30 Renewal of the sacred fire in the square in Campo Marzio; then at 8 pm “Benedictio verbi”, at the Pantheon (piazza della rotunda). April 21 will be only the first of four days of celebrations.
Synesthesia at Trajan’s Markets
The work Synesthesia, an interactive and multisensory installation, the result of extensive research carried out by the curators Severino Alfonso and Loukia Tsafoulia, opens precisely on 21 April at the Trajan’s Markets – Museo dei Fori Imperiali. The work aims to develop new methodologies that relate the individual with his environment through the use and encounter of practices such as interactive design and emerging health sciences.
Free museums for the Christmas of Rome
On Thursday 21 April, the Capitoline Administration organizes guided tours, educational events, inaugurations, exhibitions, concerts, theatrical performances and film screenings. Furthermore, access to the Museums of Rome, including exhibitions, will be free for everyone, a special occasion to celebrate the city by admiring the beauties of its collections. Added to these are also the archaeological area of the Circus Maximus and the Mausoleum of Augustus.
Frittoccio, land and sea in foil
For the first time in Rome, the Sustainable Fried Festival arrives. Starting from April 21st (and until Sunday 25th), the former Slaughterhouse – City of the Other Economy becomes the realm of fried food. From top quality vegetables to the freshest fish, passing through the meat and confectionery products typical of the Roman tradition. Local, fresh and seasonal products that wink at sustainability. Frittoccio has consciously chosen to reduce energy consumption and pollution related to transport and refrigerator-storage, not to use plastic materials for the service and distribution of food and drinks and to use only sustainable materials such as paper, glass and PET.
Inauguration of the Planetarium of Rome
The Planetarium of Roma Capitale, housed in the Museum of Roman Civilization, will be inaugurated on 21 April and will reopen its doors to the public from 22, equipped with new cutting-edge technology and with new shows scheduled. The new digital planetarium, equipped with an articulated system of very high contrast video projectors, with 4K resolution, is able to reconstruct the surface of Earth, Moon and Mars with extreme realism and allow you to look beyond, in the most distant places in the universe., between galaxies and nebulae.
The theatrical appointments
Rome opens the curtains of various theaters on his birthday. On the morning of the 21st, double appointment: at 9.30, presented by the Macondo Theater, the show, dedicated to school children, Il Gioco dei Miti, based on the book “Roman Myths” told by Carola Susani with illustrations will be staged at the Teatro Biblioteca Quarticciolo. by Rita Petruccioli. At 10.00, however, at the Villa Pamphilj Theater, it will be the turn of the popular science show L’ombra di Thaete, directed by Valeriano Solfiti.
The Teatro di Roma Association then invites you to discover and get to know the oldest theater in Rome, the Teatro Valle Franca Valeri, inaugurated in 1727 with a guided tour scheduled at 7.00 pm (available at the same time until Sunday 24 April), entitled Journey to the center of the theater. You will be able to discover the secrets of actors, directors and technicians and the habits of the spectators. Finally, to close the theatrical schedule, from the Tor Bella Monaca Theater at 9.00 pm, the Amara show, organized by the Seven Cults Cultural Association, which brings to the stage the poverty of the Roman villages in the immediate post-war period.
Treasure hunt in the Orange Garden
On Thursday 21 April the Municipality of Rome I Centro promotes, with the support and collaboration of the Think a bit youth association, the initiative entitled Urban adventure for the Christmas of Rome: treasure hunts in the fascinating setting of the Orange Garden (piazza Pietro D’Illiria) on the Aventine.
“The Fools of God. The Messiah of Abruzzo” at the 7 Off Theater
After several stages it is the turn of the Eternal City: and in fact it will be the 7 Off Theater in Rome to host from April 21, the tour of “The Fools of God. Il Messia d’Abruzzo” with Perrotta, Andrea D’Andreagiovanni, Massimiliano Elia, Giacomo Rasetti who burst onto the stage, like a Brancaleone Army, accompanied by live music and songs from the Abruzzo repertoire arranged in a modern key, choreographed and interpreted by the four.
Meetings for the Christmas of Rome
April 21 will also be an opportunity for debates and public meetings to explore various issues related to the city and the history of the capital. The MACRO with the Homage to Remo, proposes two appointments (with free admission subject to availability) linked to the ongoing Remoria exhibition dedicated to the homonymous book by Valerio Mattioli and his narration of the Eternal City on the trail of the figure of Remo, the twin killed.
Also on Thursday 21 April, organized by the Institution Sistema Libraries Cultural Centers of Rome, two appointments are scheduled: at 5.30 pm at the Guglielmo Marconi Library, Massimiliano Maiucchi will talk about the city with the grace and irony of the language of rhyming words collected in Rome rhymes. At 6.00 pm, however, the presentation of the book Night Dream in Rome (1871-2021) by Annarosa Mattei will be held at the Casa delle Letterature, with the presence of the author and Paolo Portoghesi. The book recounts the traumas suffered by the city, proclaimed capital of the Kingdom of Italy in 1871, through a nocturnal reconnaissance of the places most devastated by the demolitions and renovations carried out since that year.
Antonello Costa celebrates 35 years of career
From 21 April, Antonello Costa will take the stage of the Amphitryon Theater with his new show “Costa Soul (the artist and his soul)”. Antonello Costa returns to the scene to celebrate his 35 years of career, with a new modern variety, a sincere, intimate and biographical show. For this new show Costa chooses to take the stage of the Amphitryon Theater precisely because this theater symbolically represents his return to his origins.