The long weekend on 8th december is a good chance to spent your time looking  for art, culture and Christmas markets. So many  european cities is turning  the streets light with Christmas colors.
But even those who decided to spend these three december days in Rome – and those who live in the capital of Italy and chose not to leave for this long weekend – will have the opportunity to spend pleasant days, including art, culture and shopping in the eternal city.

 

Rome is famous for  its monuments like Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi fountain that’s  a fact. It is a very large city full of history, if its charm exert a little leverage on the adults,  for our children usually is not too easy to move around in our travels. No complaints about the kind of “promise that this is the last church for today” to avoid the grueling hiking between a museum and an art gallery.  In Big cities like Rome probabbly can’t be in the within reach of our children. But the capital of Italy can offer to young tourists various options that will allow you to organize a personal tour of the city based on the tastes of all the members of your family.

From the wide range of options, we chose many addresses for shared fun. You can alternate a tour of the Planetarium with the magnificent parks that dotted the city, such as Villa Torlonia, Villa Pamphili, Villa Ada and of course Villa Borghese, where you can stop for an outdoor brunch and then watch a movie at Cinema dei Piccoli, 1934 coming out of a lush environment, Explora children museum, Bioparco.

 

CINEMA DEI PICCOLI
The smallest cinema in the world It is located in Rome, inside Villa Borghese, and covers an area of 71.52 In addition to projecting children’s films in afternoon shows, it offers evening programings with original screened subtitled projection. There are programs updated every week.

EXPLORA – THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ROME
Is the first non-profit and privately owned permanent museum entirely conceived for children, schools and families, open to public since 2001. Explora is member of Ecsite, the European network of Science Centres and Museums, Hands On! International, a network representing the Children’s Museums in the world and ENCATC  the European network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy education.  Is an opportunity to play, experiment and learn in the field as well as occasions for socialization and education; it also promotes the development of children’s cognitive and emotional capacities.

BIOPARCO
The Bioparco offers families a rich and varied calendar of events all year round. On their visits to the Bioparco families have the chance to take part in a number of different activities such as interactive teaching labs; zoological and botanical guided. Perfect for children, to their delight you can meet many kind of animals. Which the addax, its the most adapted antelope to the desert: it has broad clogs so as not to sink into the sand. While kangaroo in order to withstand high temperatures, it is especially active at twilight, passing the hottest hours under shelter or bushes.  And other protected species.

Inside the Vatican Walls there are the Vatican Museums, one of the most important museum complexs in the world. They are rich and full throughout the globe of Christian, Modern and Contemporary art.

Each hall be of features as a single theme museum. Walls, marbles, statues, frescoes and tapestries are under the eye of thousands of tourists from all over the world empathizing with the artists who produced them since the dawn of time, for donkey’s years forever.

The first step to accomplish has more practical logistic reasons that would test even the best super romantic cruise traveler.

Vatican Museums, as we know, are no exception. How we can remedy to not waste too much time?

Well, It is here a guide, simple and exemplifying the helpful suggestions to skip the line to the Vatican Museums in a simple and legal way. You only need four items:

  • Internet access;
  • Device: computer, smartphone, tablet, and/or printer;
  • Credit card or Pre-paid card;

If you use a credit card or Pre-paid cards. Book a guided tour. This has the advantage of the Vatican Museums to allow you to skip the line even in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Regardeless methods you will buy by device the visit tour will send you an e-mail with voucher necessary convertible a ticket. If you don’t use a printer or you will have sustainable lifestyle. You could scan Vatican Museums ticket directly from your phone.

To avoid it, and to get ahead of the works without the hassle of lost time, simply book the Vatican visit online. Therefore, we recommend that you select the best solution for yourself and for your group so that you can proceed with the choice of the date and time of the visit by checking availability. It is necessary, however, to remember that on Sunday the museum complex remains closed, as is the case for all the religious holidays and on June 29, the festive day of the patrons of the city of Rome: SS. Peter and Paul. It will be enough to have a credit or debit card and… the deed is done.

 

The Historians reported some academics mysterious thesis about Halloween origins commonly associated to Pagan, Celtics and Christian.

In Celtic farming culture, however, elements of the harvest festival, suppressed by pagan roots, as the link to the fruitful godness Pomona have survived, even among Christians. Just as the Christmas tree owes it is origins to pre-Christian German traditions without being a pagan ritual.  Although there is no evidence the Popes Gregory III or Gregory IV was even aware of Samhain.

The pagan feast ended when the Celtic people had converted to Christianity hundreds of years before the feast of all saints. Rome is the oldest city in the world and inside her story there are some of mysterious of ghosts and spookeless places. That’s a reasons why to visit the ancient city and make for a fun and exciting time, especially around Halloween.

Hereafter, some of the most spookness and mysterious attractions in Rome and surroundings.

 

1) Crypt of the Capuchin Monks

In Rome there is a museums where is celebrated mysterious and halloween spirt by Conception of the Capuchins. They have had decorated with the bones of more than 4000 friars recovered between 1528 and 1870 from the Cappuccini Order Cemetery. In the 5 chapels inside the crypt are also several different skeletons. Located right off the haughty Via Veneto, at the beginning of the tour visitors will be received from the skeleton of a friar with as much saio on it.

 

2) The Catacombs on the Via Appia Antica 

Outside of Rome on the Via Appia Antica there are thousands mysterious of Romans, including saints and popes, were buried in the vast network of catacombs. The largest and one of the oldest catacombs to visit is St. Domitilla. You can also visit San Callisto, which contains 14 papal crypts, and San Sebastiano, where Saint Sebastian was buried (the church of Saint Sebastian rises above the catacomb).

3) The Vatican Necropolis

Very similar to the catacombs on the Appian Way but located below Vatican City there are the Vatican Necropolis. These scavi are a spookness look at the tombs of dozens of popes, including St. Peter. Given it is famous residents,  the scavi is one of the holiest sites in Rome. But it certainly becomes spooky when one pauses to think that they are walking amongst the remains of the church’s most storied figures.

The Epiphany feast in Italy and its celebrations on January 6th in many regions that is spread to the rest of the peninsula. Epiphany is linked, in fact, to the adoration of the Magi who came to Bethlehem 12 days after Christ’s birth. The Latin and Greek churches have always celebrated it on January 6. The Greeks call it Theophania, the Feast of all feasts. For the French it is La Fête des Rois. But also its was pre-Christian and pagan rituals feast. For this reason it is a complex holiday that blends with the character of the places in which it is celebrated. This religious feast brings a perfect fulfillment of all the purposes of Advent. Epiphany, therefore, marks the liturgical zenith of the Advent-Christmas season. Three mysteries are encompassed in this solemnity: the adoration of the Christ Child by the Magi, the Baptism of Christ and the wedding feast at Cana from the Gospel.

The various celebrations in Italy: some traditions, the Befana is the female allegory of the old year ready to sacrifice itself. In some regions, a rag doll is burned in the square after a tour of the city streets on a wagon. In other cases, the puppet is shown at a window, as happens in Florence or Rome.

In the north this is very much alive. The symbolic bonfire is called “panevin“: this is a bonfire that tends to erase the negative aspects of the year which has just ended and seeks the auspices for the one that has just started The same happens in Friuli Venezia Giulia, accompanied by a glass of mulled wine.

In Florence the Epiphany celebrations every year it’s connected from the tradition of the Magi, the re-enactment of the Magi at the Holy Family. The flag wavers’ exhibition in Piazza della Signoria should not be missed.

In Faenza, in the province of Ravenna, this celebrations is called the Nott de Bisò on January 5th with the “Niballo“, a huge puppet which symbolizes all the misfortunes of the past year which is then burned. The bisò is mulled wine made from Sangiovese and spices.

In Montescaglioso, in the area of ​​Matera, January 5th is the time of celebrations the “Notte dei Cucibocca”: figures dressed in black, with a big hat and a bushy white beards their foot and knocking on doors to ask for food offerings.
This tradition is linked to the Epiphany.

In Sicily, in Gratteri, in the province of Palermo “A Old” (“Il vecchio“) emerges from the Cave of Grattara, wrapped in a white sheet and on the back of a city where she distributes gifts to children.

It is thus a magical feast, full of deep symbolic values ​​during which, in some locations its celebrations it is believed that even animals can talk and finally say what they think to humans. Epiphany therefore closes the Christmas holiday season (“L’ Epifania tutte le feste portavia“) and marks the beginning of Carnival celebrations.