By now most Italy-bound travelers know about the Jubilee Year of Mercy which began in late 2015 and continues through late 2016. What you may not know is what this means for your upcoming trip to Rome — and what it would mean if you were to visit Rome during any Jubilee Year in the future. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect during a Jubilee year visit to Vatican City and Rome.
Rome is never really a quiet city. It’s the busy Italian capital, and receives constant tourist attention on top of that. But Rome in the winter can be a refreshing alternative for visitors who don’t love big crowds — and who don’t mind cold weather. Here are just a few reasons to visit Rome in the winter months.
There are many churches and palazzos to visit in Rome. In most of them, you’ll walk through to admire artwork or see a relic. In some, however, you can enjoy the spectacular acoustics by attending a concert.
Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy is largely in 2016, but some of the key events take place in late 2015. Not only that, while the Jubilee Year takes place over a total of 348 days, there isn’t a major event taking place every single day during that time. Here’s an overview of the major events happening during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, so you can better plan your Rome visit.
When most people think of Italian beverages, wine comes to mind — but not beer. Contrary to popular belief, however, the Italian craft beer scene is alive and kicking, nowhere more so than in Rome.
There’s a big difference between simple tagging with spray paint and genuine street art. Rome has both, but in recent years its bona fide street art has moved more into the spotlight of the world stage. There’s even a big section on Rome’s official tourism website now detailing neighborhoods to visit to view some of the city’s best. Here’s a look at some places in Rome to see great street art.
There are ornamental fountains throughout the city of Rome, some of which are on the must-see lists of most visitors. There are also more utilitarian fountains that are easy to miss — these are Rome’s nasoni, or public drinking fountains.
Pope Francis recently announced that 2016 will be what’s known as a Holy Year, commonly called a “Jubilee Year.” The pope has declared it the Holy Year of Mercy, focusing on his favorite theme of compassion.