International Workers’ Day (Labour Day) is celebrated globally and in particular Rome hosts Primo Maggio - Italy’s largest free music concert, held at the Piazza del Giovanni. The Italian public holiday honours labourers and the working classes, often supported by socialists and stems back to the 19th century. The concert put on in the square has been running since 1990 and features an array of artists, many of whom are local to Italy and has included organ virtuoso Ambrogio Sparagna and the experimental Bandabardo. The event also attracts groups that are known on an international level, with English bands Skunk Anansie and Asian Dub Foundation having performed in 2016.
The nearest airports to Rome are Ciampino Airport and the Leonardo da Vinci Airport, both of which are less than 45 minutes from the city. The main train station, Termini, will leave you within walking distance while buses can take you closer to the venue itself. The festival is a one-day event, which starts at 3pm and runs through to midnight and is completely free. It is all standing, however special viewing platforms are available for any disabled attendees and caters for those with special requirements.
Arrive as early as possible if you want to be near the stage, or to get yourself a prime viewing position. If you’re a keen music lover, then check the official website for line-up announcements ahead of the event. You may well discover your new favourite band, so do some research through social media and streaming websites or make a note of your favourites so you can purchase their music at a later date. May is normally a great time to visit Rome, however remember this is an outdoor event so as you’re exposed to the elements - check the local weather forecast!
Choose from a wide selection of places to stay including villas and apartments, holiday homes and private rentals near to Piazza del Giovanni. The majority of tourists take to Rome on foot, although with regular public transport available wherever you stay it easy to reach the festival of Primo Maggio. Check our accommodation in Rome.
Within walking distance and you will reach Vatican City, including the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Whilst elsewhere in the city you will find the famous Trevi Fountain. Nearby is Ancient Rome, where you have everything from the famous Colosseum to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum.
Find out more information including: the cast, line-up, previous concerts, information on the history of Primo Maggio, the organization and production team, festival sponsors and competition details for emerging artists check the official website.
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