This Saturday and Sunday Constantine’s Spring is celebrated north of Rome in the towns along the old Flaminia road. This event commemorates the legend according to which Pope Silvester, on the back of a flying mule, reached the emperor Constantine to heal his leprosy in this area. This year it will be Rignano Flaminio‘s turn to organize folk concerts, art exhibits, visits to wine cellars and guided tours. Constantine is a key figure in Rome’s history as he was the first Christian Emperor and made Christianism the official religion of the Roman Empire.
A military immersion into Rome’s army will be possible on Sunday in Castel Gandolfo where the Legio XXX Ulpia Traian Victrix will set up a typical Roman military camp with training and fighting simulations between Roman legionaries in the Ibernesi Park. Daily life scenes of ancient Rome will also be recreated such as the preparation of cosmetics, coin minting, jewels making, Roman dish cooking. Free entrance. From 10:30am.
If you can’t leave Rome on Sunday, there is another valid alternative downtown. The Trajan’s Markets, for the last day of the exhibition Ancient Gold Jewelry from Romania, will show how the local population’s warriors (the Dacians) were transformed into Roman soldiers, their role in the Roman Army and their fighting techiniques and suites of armour. A military camp reproduction will be located in via Biberatica where gladiators fights will be staged from 11am to 4:30pm.
Three art exhibits will also shed a new light on ancient Rome’s power and influence.
“Rome and antiquity” will show how and why Roman archeological ruins affected 18th century arts all over Europe. Extended to May 8.
The Capitolini Museums are currently hosting a display of Roman leaders’ portraits. “Portraits. The many faces of power” outlines the changes and development of Roman politics and political propaganda through the centuries, from the late Republic to the end of the Empire, with a detailed analysis of the life size statues, heads and busts that represented the city’s leading figures. Until September 25.
Finally from April 12, Rome’s most controversial emperors, Nero, will be the star of an exhibition hosted in the Colosseum and in the areas of the Roman Forum/Palatine that he created before and after the fire of Rome – July 18, 64 AD. Until September 18.