With Italy being the spiritual home of the Roman Catholic Church, it would not be possible to visit Rome during lent without celebrating Saint Joseph. As per the story of the bible, St Joseph was the husband to the Virgin Mary, believed to be mother to Lord Jesus Christ. Traditionally it is a day to give food to the poor, but also a coming together with family as the Feast Day of Saint Joseph is jointly celebrated as Father’s Day. This reference is also very prominent in the Pope’s speech when holding mass in front of 80,000 onlookers, using the Saint as an inspiring figure.
The nearest airports to Rome are Ciampino Airport and Fiumicino Airport, both of which are no more than 45 minutes to Termini train station, a short walk from Vatican City. Although celebrated throughout Italy as part of lent, the capital in particular attracts large numbers during the build up to Easter. Whilst Vatican City is a sovereign state there are no border restrictions. For those of religious believes it is an important date on the calendar, entrance to the Vatican is free, however there will be charges to the museums and other aspects.
If you are planning to celebrate by going to Church, dress appropriately as a mark of respect with no shoulders/legs on show. As with any major religious festival in Rome getting to see the Pope would be the best way to take in the experience, request entry to the Vatican as early as possible as numbers are limited. If you gain access by a ticket online for the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. It is however also Father’s Day in Italy, so make it a family affair and look to take your dear old Dad out for dinner.
If you’re wishing to partake in the religious aspect of the Feast Day choose from a wide selection of properties including villas, apartments, holiday homes and private rentals close to the Vatican. If you are looking elsewhere, wherever you decide to stay it is easy to get around Rome on foot or via public transport. Check our accommodation in Rome.
Whilst in Vatican City, visit the Vatican museums, which include the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Ancient Rome is also nearby with the famous Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the ruins of the Roman Forum. Walking tours are popular, where you will also get to see the Trevi Fountain and the temple of Pantheon.
Find out more information about Feast Day of Saint Joseph, including: more information about Saint Joseph and the Roman Catholic Church, Catholic traditions in Italy and other countries, as well as a calendar of Saints and Father’s Day.
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