Also known as the “Three Kings Day” the Epiphany is celebrated on the 12th day of Christmas, when it is believed Jesus Christ was introduced to the world. It is an important date on the Gregorian calendar and as such is a public holiday in Italy, with Rome a central point of celebrations led by the Pope. Whilst the 25th December is widely celebrated as the birth of Jesus, the 6th January is also treated of significant importance and when the Catholic Church acknowledges him being baptised by John the Baptist.
Ciampino Airport and the Leonardo da Vinci Airport, which are around a 45-minute journey into central Rome, are the nearest airports. Whilst many businesses and shops remain closed on the 6th January there will be public services held in numerous Basilica’s (churches) most notably with the Pope holding mass in Vatican City. Majority of private celebrations take place in the evening, however the Holy Mass within St Peter’s Basilica is held during the day from 10am in front of approximately 15,000 people.
If you are of a religious faith, then this is one of the ideal dates to visit Rome and as such investigate in advance which of the many places of worship you wish to attend mass. The Vatican is one of the city’s most popular tourist destination all year around, however even more so on dates such as the Epiphany. If you wish to attend the service, request tickets as far in advance as possible and check the official website for more details. Wherever you attend during this holy occasion remember to dress appropriately as a mark of respect.
If you are planning to visit Rome during the Epiphany, choose from a wide range of private rentals, houses and apartments close to Vatican City. Whether you are looking to rent directly within the centre of Rome or elsewhere in the city, most visitors travel around on foot making it easy to reach your destination. Check our accommodation in Rome
Within easy reach of the Roman Forum you can discover the heart of the Roman Empires history. The famous Colosseum is also within walking distance, as are other ancient ruins. Wherever you decide to celebrate you will be near the home of the Catholic Church at Vatican City which includes the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica.
Find out more about the Epiphany including: Christian Feast Day and its history, the season, traditions within Western and Eastern Churches, local custom and the folklore of Befana, the baptism of Jesus Christ and more, follow this link.
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