Rome City Festival Peter & Paul · 29 June 2019

Every year on 29 June, Rome celebrates the Festival of the city’s Patron Saints Peter and Paul. There is also on June 29 June 2019 a great feast. The Festival of the town Patron Saints Peter and Paul is one of the highest feast of the Romans.

Rome June 29, 2019 · Events

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“Infiorata” Pictures made with blossoms at St. Peter

The center of the celebrations of the Solemnity of Peter & Paul are all Catholic churches, especially St. Peter’s Basilica.

In addition to the ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica, there are the following events:

5 pm: Canoe Regatta on the Tiber River near the bridge Ponte Margherita that connects Via Cola di Rienzo with Piazza del Popolo.

9 pm: Traditional fireworks on the Pincian Hill “La Girandola”. The fireworks can be admired very well from Piazza del Popolo.

 

Rome June 29, 2019 · St. Peter’s Basilica

In St. Peter’s Basilica, the Solemnity of Peter & Paul is celebrated with a Pope’s Mass at 9:30. For the Pope’s mass you will need free tickets, which can be ordered at the Prefecture of the papal household. You can also follow the celebration on the large screens on St. Peter’s Square. You will find the live broadcast on my website about the papal audiences live.

The area in front of St. Peter’s square is traditionally decorated with images made of petals, the so-called “Infiorata“. Infiorata in the photo gallery>

The Pope prays Angelus at 12 o’clock above St. Peter’s Square.

 

Rome June 29, 2019 · Museums

The Vatican museums are closed on June 29. All other museums are normally open.

Rome June 29, 2019 · Traffic

The fact that the city festival Peter & Paul is one of the highest festivals of the Romans, does not mean that all Romans celebrate the festival in Rome. Many Romans use June 29th for a long weekend. If you are traveling by car and your departure day is June 28 or 29, you should start very early. Otherwise you need 1-2 hours just to get out of the city of Rome.

In the city, however, it is relatively quiet. Public transport is based on public holiday timetable.

 

History

Peter and Paul are the two apostles who have been portrayed together since the dawn of Christendom.

Peter, the Fisherman of Galilee, was the first apostle Jesus called to Himself. About the year 50 Peter came to Rome and worked as a great preacher until he was arrested during the persecutions by Nero. According to the legend, he managed to escape, but on the Via Appia Jesus appeared and convinced him to repent and take the martyrdom. He was crucified around the year 67 in the circus of Nero. Unwilling to be crucified like Jesus, he asked to be crucified with his head down. He was then buried on the Vatikans Hill. Above his grave was first a chapel and later the basilica of Emperor Constantine, which was replaced in the 16th century by the present St. Peter’s Basilica.

Paul was born as son of a Hebrew family in Tarsus in what is now Turkey and converted to Christianity after appearing on the way to Damascus. He became a tireless messenger of the words of Jesus and was arrested in Jerusalem as a troublemaker. As a Roman citizen, he had the right to a due process, and in 61 he was transferred to Rome, where he spent several years in prison. He was arrested again during the persecution of Christians under Nero. Legend has it that he was in the same prison as Peter.

As a Roman citizen, he had the right to a less painful death. He was beheaded around the year 67 at the three wells on the Via Laurentina. The legend says that his head hit the ground three times, and that there was a well at each point. Today, there is the Cistercian abbey “Tre fontane” on the site.

Paul was buried outside the city walls on Via Ostiense. There rises today the Basilica of St. Paul outside the walls. Legend has it that Peter and Paul were executed the same day.

8 thoughts on “Rome City Festival Peter & Paul · 29 June 2019”

  1. Hi Bernhard,
    do you know whan exactly will be the Basilica open for public? Is it noon or typically later? Many thanks Michal

    • Hi Michal,
      after the Angelus Prayer of the Pope, a little before 13:00. At that time, half of the people assisting the Angelus want to enter the Basilica.

  2. How can I get one ticket if I was regretfully denied in my email request to the Vatican? I sent the email in February. Only need 1 ticket

  3. Hi Tracy,
    If we buy “dedicated access and self-guided tour” of the Basilica on June 29th, will we be able to go into St. Peters from 3-5?

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