May 1st is also Labour Day here in Italy, and as far as we know, in most of Europe. And this holiday has always been marked by a big, free concert in the Eternal City. Sponsored by Italy’s largest trade unions, this show attracts people from all over Italy in piazza San Giovanni. This year’s theme is Italian history, therefore most of the stars on stage (Subsonica, Gino Paoli, Lucio Dalla, Francesco de Gregori, Ennio Moricone) will be Italian. From 3pm.
An alternative concert, Toretta Style, is held at Forte Prenestino in via Federico Del Pino, starting from 2:30pm. Cartoons’ soundtracks and ’70s and 80s revival music will please your ears until late in the night. Food and drinks on sale.
Another music event is the Pro-Japan Night with a heavy metal concert organized by Stazione della birra, Via Placanica 172.
Another key area on May 1st will be the Auditorium – Parco della Musica with a special session of the Farmers market featuring the typical products of the Labor Day pic-nics: broad beans, pecorino, salami and wine. At 7:30pm Sicilian Risorgimento music devoted to national hero Garibaldi will please your ears – free event. At 8:30pm Guarcino’s City Band will perform 19th century music for Garibaldi – free event. At 9pm the Contemporary Circus Festival will kick off with a show by the Compagnie Les Colporteurs.
All public museums will be open on May 1st and May 2 for a symbolic fee of 1€. Shops will be open on May 1st in the Vatican area, in downtown Rome and near the other main basilicas – St. Paul, St. Maria Maggiore, St. Lawrence, San Giovanni.
The underground will start operating at 4am and will run until 1.30am.
But if you want to leave Rome on the first Sunday of May, Campagnano is the ideal destination. From April 29 to May 1 the 53rd edition of the Festival of Baccanale will feature the artichoke fair, a donkey race, Renaissance costumes and a market of Lazio local food products. Very inspiring, isn’t it?