April 21, 2019 Rome birthday MMDCCLXXII Dies Romana

Rome birthday. On April 21, 753 BC Romulus is said to have founded the city. With this date begins the chronology of the city and thus we have in the year 2019 (in Roman numerals MMXIX) the year 2772 (MMDCCLXXII) since the founding of Rome.

The date was calculated by the astrologer Tarunzio, a friend of Cicero, shortly before the Christian era.


Events for Rome’s birthday

The association Gruppo Storico Romano organizes exhibitions, events and a move from Thursday 18 April 2019 to Monday 22 April 2019 at the Circus Maximus and in the Markets of Trajan.

Historical groups from all over the world are expected.



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Thursday April 18, 2019

Dance of the Vestal Virgins of Rome
Dance scene

2:30 – 7pm Meeting with the Association of engineers of Rome and the University “La Sapienza” in the Museum of Trajan’s Markets with the subject of Construction of the Colosseum: techniques used

Friday April 19, 2019

Rome birthday Circus Maximus
At the Circus Maximus

9am – 6pm Photo exhibition of the events of the past years at the Circus Maximus

09am – 4pm Information stands at the Circus Maximus at the CASTRVM, topics

  • the Roman woman: Clothing and make-up
  • the Roman man: Clothing and curios
  • the Roman school
  • the medicine
  • the food
  • the religion
  • the mosaic
  • ointments and perfumes
  • Legionnaires and Praetorians
  • Gladiators: weapons and fighting techniques 11th, 6th and 5th centuries
  • Children’s Games – Gladiator games for children
Birthday of Rome Gladiators

12:00 – 2:20pm meeting with several writers at the Circus Maximus

2:30 – 3:30pm Children’s games of ancient Rome at the Circus Maximus

2:30 – 7pm Conference The family of the Flavians in power in Rome

4:30 – 5:30pm Competition and coronation of the goddess “Dea Roma” at the Circus Maximus

7:30 – 8:30pm Show Fragments of history at the Circus Maximus


Saturday April 20, 2019

Photo exhibition, information stands and meeting with writers like on Friday

10am – 2pm Theater performances and rites

4 – 4:40pm Oratii and Curiatii

6 – 7:50pm Equestrian Games

7 – 8pm Jazz music with Frediani the quartet

8:10 – 9:30pm Lavinia Fiorani (La RomAntica) Concert of Roman songs

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Michelangelo and the secrets of the Sistine Chapel

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Original music, actors and 270° projections are the ingredients of this show, which brings audiences closer to the fascination and beauty of the art of the Sistine Chapel. It is produced with technical advice from the Vatican Museums. There are shows in Italian and English. Book now

Sunday April 21, 2019

Rome birthday ceremony

Photo exhibition and information stands like on Friday

10am – 2pm Religious Rite Pro Salute et Felicitate Rei Publicae at the Fori Imperiali

3 – 4:45pm Performances of foreign groups

4:45 – 5pm Performance The drawing of the furrow with which Romulus drew the outline of the city of Rome to be founded

5 – 5:40pm Ceremony of the Palilie in honor of the goddess Pales, protector of the earth and the cattle


Monday April 22, 2019

Rome birthday historical group
Historical group

9am – 6pm Photo exhibition

10am Opening ceremony COMMISSIO FERIARVM

10:30am Welcome by the President and the Institutions

11am Start of the parade

Rome birthday parade
Detail of the move

12:15 – 2pm Laying of a laurel wreath at the statue of Augustus on the Fori Imperiali and blessing of the participants (Rite of Ancient Rome). Return to the Circus Maximus

3 – 4:30pm Demonstrations of historical groups at the Circus Maximus

4:30 – 5:30 Reconstruction of the conquest of Masada

8 thoughts on “April 21, 2019 Rome birthday MMDCCLXXII Dies Romana”

  1. I will be in Rome on April 20th and the 21st 2019.I am interested in viewing a parade.I need help finding time and location of events.

    • Hi Steven, the parade is on Monday 22 but 20 and 21 are several shows at the Circus Maximus. The rite on Sunday 21 at the fori imperiali starting 10 am shall be interesting too.
      Here you find information about April in Rome.

  2. Hello, 2 Qs:
    All dates here are for 2019 right (as I see some of the comments are from 2018..)?
    Also, do you know when are the fireworks show in the Colosseum?
    Thank in advance.

    • Hi Yaron,
      yes, all information is updated to 2019.
      I have no evidence about fireworks at the Colosseum. Fireworks shall be June 29 on the Pincio above Piazza del Popolo.
      On New Years Eve there were fireworks on the Palatine Hill. I took some picture and posted them on our Facebook Page.

  3. Does anybody know how you get to take part in the costumed parade procession ?

    Can you just turn up and join in ?

    Thanks for any help.

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