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Things to do in June 2024 and events for this month  in Rome

Things to do in June 2024 and events for this month  in Rome

Things to do in June 2024 and events for this month  in Rome

 

Rome events in June include the Festa della Repubblica and the Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul, a specifically Roman holiday.

But there are plenty of other things to do in Rome in June, like concerts, night visits, and the Summerfest along the Tiber River.

The Festa della Repubblica celebrates the day the monarchy was abolished, and Italy became a republic, on June 2, 1946.

Every year on June 2, we celebrate the anniversary of this important date in recent Italian history.

Expect parades along the via dei Fori Imperiali.

There will be street closings and other events around the Complesso Vittoriano and Via dei Fori Imperiali.

St. Anthony and the Triumph of Strawberries, 13 June

Today strawberries can be found almost any time of the year, but in the wild they ripen in late spring. Thus, their first appearance once provided the pretext for one of the many celebrations that cheered Romans. On 13 June, on the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, the Roman “fragolari” and “fragolare”, the strawberry growers and sellers in Rome and the nearby countryside, would gather in Campo de’ Fiori, each with their own basket of strawberries. Arranged in a huge basket or on carts, the strawberries were then carried in procession along with the statue of the saint. The merry procession would wind its way along the most crowded streets of the center, accompanied by the sound of tambourines, songs and stornelli folk poetry such as “Salutamo cor fischietto, Sant’Antonio benedetto, trullallero trullallà”, “Let’s greet with our whistles blessed St. Anthony, trullallero trullallà…”. In Rome the tradition of the Strawberry Triumph stopped in 1870 but was picked up by the village of Nemi. Here, since 1922, on the first Sunday in June the Strawberry Festival still celebrates this sweet and very famous seasonal fruit. And strawberries are still paraded bathed in strawberry wine….

Quinquatrus Minusculae, 13-15 June

Sacred to Minerva, the Quinquatrus celebrated on the Ides of June were called Minusculae or Minores to distinguish them from the more lavish ancient Rome’s festival of the Quinquatrus Maiores, celebrated from 19 to 23 March, during which the guilds of artisans and professionals paid homage to the goddess on the day believed to be her birth day. Goddess of just war, wisdom, creativity and useful arts, Minerva belonged to the elite of the Roman pantheon and her statue was worshipped in one of the cells of Jupiter’s temple on the Capitoline Hill. The goddess was credited with the invention of numbers, the loom, the chariot and various other things, including the double-barreled flute. And it was precisely the guild of flute players or tibicines that was the protagonist of the Quinquatrus Minusculae. The celebration is said to have been instituted in 311 BC, when the ruling censors had forbidden the flute players their customary sacred meal in the temple of Jupiter. The flautists then indignantly left the city, taking refuge in Tivoli, but their presence was required at all religious ceremonies in the city. Having failed the ways of diplomacy, it was finally decided to resort to a coup de grâce: the flute players were tricked into getting drunk and loaded onto a carriage that took them from Tivoli back to Rome, entering the city through the Porta Esquilina. To seal the new-found harmony, the flute players were allowed, among other things, to honor Minerva with a festival of their own: from that day on, every year, from 13 to 15 June, the flute players would cross the city wearing masks and long women’s stoles, reaching the temple of the goddess in procession.

St. John and the witches, 24 June

He is the only saint celebrated not only on the day of his martyrdom but also on the day of his birth, that is on 24 June, and his feast day was for centuries a fascinating interweaving of sacred and profane, religion and superstition. According to popular tradition, on the night of the  in Rome witches would gather near the basilica dedicated to the saint, summoned by the ghosts of Herodias and Salome, to hoard souls. How to ward off the evil spirits? By the light of torches and lanterns, Romans arrived en masse at the Lateran to pray to the saint, but the atmosphere there was certainly not one of religious recollection. On the contrary, noise, tumult and unbridled merriment reigned on the square all night long. For good reason: the uproar, peppered with trumpets, horns, cowbells, tambourines and firecrackers of all kinds, was necessary to frighten the witches and prevent them from gathering herbs to use in the spells. And then, of course, there was drinking and eating in profusion: wine from the Roman Castelli served to digest the large pots of snails with sauce, brought from home or cooked on the spot, a dish with a strong allegorical flavor. Indeed, the snails’ horns symbolized discord and worries: eating them meant destroying adversity and reconciling with the world. At dawn, after the cannon shot from Castel Sant’Angelo signaled the end of the revelry, the pope would go to St. John’s to celebrate Mass, and from the basilica’s loggia he would throw gold and silver coins that would return to rouse the crowds. From the beginning of the 20th century, the festival took on more bourgeois characters and gradually began to lose its former importance: however, it lives again today in some events organized for the occasion.

Saints Peter and Paul, 29 June

It is said that their final farewell took place in Rome, a few hundred meters from where the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls stands today, shortly before they suffered martyrdom, Peter crucified upside down at Caligula’s circus in the Vatican, Paul beheaded at the Acque Salvie. Patrons of the city and founders of the new Christian Rome, the two saints have always held great significance for the capital, and their feast, among the oldest in the liturgical year, was particularly rich and scenic. The culmination of all the religious rites was for centuries the gift of the “Chinea”, the very white horse offered to the pope by the king of the two Sicilies. The horse, skillfully trained, would depart with a procession of patricians, ambassadors and prelates from Colonna Palace in Piazza Santi Apostoli and arrive at St. Peter’s where it would kneel before the pontiff. The feast would end in glory with the “Girandola di Castel Sant’Angelo”, a great shower of colored fire, conceived by Michelangelo and perfected by Bernini, recounted by Charles Dickens, Belli’s sonnets and Piranesi’s prints. The custom was suspended in 1861 but was revived in 2006 and in subsequent years at Castel Sant’Angelo and on the Pincio Terraces. Among the rites still celebrated today are then that of the “pallium”, the white wool stole that the pontiff gives to some bishops as a symbol of the union between the universal and local churches, and the kissing of the foot of the bronze statue of St. Peter, adorned for the occasion with the red sacred vestment in the shape of a cloak. The festivities conclude at dusk with a procession accompanying the chain of St. Paul, a relic composed of 14 iron rings kept at the Ostiense basilica. A very long tradition behind it also has the historic “infiorata” flower carpet on Via della Conciliazione, with natural paintings made of flowers composed by more than a thousand master florists.

 

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