All over the world those of religious faith pay tribute to Christian Saints, both those past and present. It is also a day used to pay respect to all loved ones that have passed away. In Rome the celebrations and reflections also attract thousands to the city, largely due to being the home of the Catholic Church, and the Pope holds mass. Whilst services are all across the city, by visiting either St Peters Square at the Vatican or Campo Verano on All Saints Day you are likely to attend an event led by the Pope himself. All Saints Day can also be referred to as “All Harrows Day”.
Ciampino and Fiumicino (aka Leonardo da Vinci International Airport) are the nearest airports to Rome, both of which are less than 45 minutes away. Both Vatican City and Campo Verano are in walking distance of the city centre. If you are visiting the graveyard of Campo Verano this is open to the public from 7.30am to 6pm, with Mass likely to be held late morning or early afternoon. Check the Vatican Museums website for updates on opening times for St Peters Square during All Saints Day. Although it is free to attend church services, audiences with the Pope need to be applied for in advance.
Wherever you wish to attend services on All Saints Day arrive in plenty of time. If you wish to attend mass led by the Pope check the Vatican website for further details. The Vatican itself will be closed on the 1st November however the 2nd November being All Souls Day is a good time to revisit. Again book tickets in advance. If you’re attending Campo Verano read up on notable burials and the monuments that are on display. Ensure you dress respectively for the occasion or you may not be able to attend church services.
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Many every day places may be closed on All Saints Day itself, however during your holiday be sure to visit ancient Rome with the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. Walking tours will be available taking you past the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon, plus head back for the Vatican Museums.
For more information including: it’s origins, observations, how All Saints Day differs in the East and West, customs and who observes the date and links to other related dates see here
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