Tomorrow, according to the legend/tradition, it turns 2764. But, of course, there is no scientific evidence that it was founded in 753BC, let alone on April 21.
Anyway, before the religious immersion into Easter and Pope John Paul II beatification, there is a mundane occasion to celebrate and party.
The City council has organized a lot of events. Let’s see those who might be more enjoyable for non-Italian speakers.
All city-owned museums (Musei Capitolini and Planetario excluded) will be free and will organize complimentary guided tours.
At 11:30am in piazza del Campidoglio, the square symbolising Rome’s power and tradition, there will be a concert and other historical music performances. A commemoration of Rome’s legendary foundation will take place at the same time in the Circus Maximus.
At 4pm a free concert with the Orazio Vecchi choir will start in Musei Capitolini, piazza del Campidoglio.
At 5pm a new museum setting for the Roman painters school will be inaugurated in Villa Torlonia.
At 6pm, in fron of the Bocca della Verità, near Vesta’s temple the religious ceremony of Palilia (a farmers’ feast celebrating the arrival of spring) will be enacted by the Gruppo Storico Romano.
A new bridge, the “Music Bridge”, in the Northern part of the city, between MAXXI and Foro Italico, will also be inaugurated tomorrow.
Late risers can party at MADS, in via dei Sabelli 2, with the Ctrl lose control from 11pm. Electro, nu disco, synthpop, indie, new wave and rock will please your ears while surrounded by historical Roman figures such as the Romolo & Remo, Nero, the 19th century poet Trilussa, and many other gladiators, emperors and ancient Roman soldiers. Free admission.