Rome Easter 2020 · up-to-date and perfectly informed in Rome

Easter is usually high season in Rome. This year it will be different because of the Coronavirus crisis. Here you will find all information about Easter 2020 in Rome and how to avoid queues.

03/31/2020 It is now foreseeable that all activities at least until 04/18 stay closed. The Pope’s Way of the Cross will not be celebrated this year at the Colosseum, but not publicly on Good Friday at 9:00 p.m. in St. Peter’s Square.

03/27/2020 Hear the moving words of Pope Francis on the occasion of the current corona crisis and see this moving ceremony

Pope Francis-Moment of prayer 22-03-2020

Rome Easter 2020 Calendar

April 5th Palm Sunday

10:00 Pope Mass in private, blessing of palm branches (usually olive branches). St. Peter’s Basilica is closed. See the mass on the internet

12:00 Angelus prayer in private See the angelus on the internet

April 8, 9:30 a.m. General audience of the Pope in private with transmission on the internet

April 9, 6 p.m. Pope Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, private with transmission on the internet

April 10 Good Friday

6 p.m. Mass with the Pope in St. Peter’s Basilica, private with transmission on the internet

9 p.m. Way of the Cross – Via Crucis on St. Peter’s Square, private with transmission on the internet

April 11 Holy Saturday

9 p.m. Pope Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Easter Night service private with transmission on the internet

Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

11:00 Papal Mass private with transmission on the internet

12:00 Blessing Urbi et Orbi on St. Peter’s Square private with transmission on the internet

Easter Monday April 13th, 2020

12:00 Regina Caeli at St. Peter’s Square private with transmission on the internet

April 15, 9:30 a.m. General audience of the Pope. St. Peter’s Basilica is closed until the end of the audience.

Museums opening times at Easter in Rome

Easter in the Colosseum

Rome Easter ColosseumThe Colosseum is always open at Easter with the exception of Good Friday afternoon.

8:30 – 19:15, the entrance closes at 18:15.

On the evening of Good Friday, the Pope celebrates the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum and it is therefore closed. The Colosseum metro station is also closed.

Colosseum Good Friday 10.4.2020 8:30 – 13, the entrance closes at 12:00

National museums and municipal museums

Rome Easter National Musums Arte ModernaAll national and municipal museums in Rome are open at Easter like every Sunday. Some smaller museums are closed on Mondays like every Monday.

Easter at the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel

The Vatican Museums are closed on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

Opening hours Mon – Sat 9 – 18 The entrance closes at 4 p.m.

Extended opening hours:
9 – 19 on Good Friday April 10th, Holy Saturday April 11th, Tuesday April 14th, Saturday April 18th, April 25th

Night opening 17.4., 24.4.
7 – 11 p.m. the entrance closes at 9:30 p.m.

Access to the Sistine Chapel is through the Vatican Museums and is included in the price.

Opening hours St. Peter's Basilica and dome

Rome Easter Altar of the PopeSt. Peter’s Basilica has the following opening hours:

Basilica 7 – 19

Dome 8 – 18

Treasury 8 – 18:30

Grottoes 7 – 18, unless they are closed for mass celebrations

St. Peter’s Basilica, dome and grottoes are closed during the Pope’s masses and audiences. You can find more information on this in the calendar.

Avoid queues

Easter is high season in Rome. If you don’t prepare properly, you risk long queues everywhere. You then waste many hours waiting in front of museum cash desks and security controls, in front of ticket machines or luggage storage.

Basically, you can save a lot of time when your hotel is in the center of Rome. Read about hotels in Rome.

Even if the attractions are open again at Easter, measures will certainly be taken to avoid crowds. The number of visitors who are allowed to visit the sights at the same time will probably be limited and it may only be possible to make reservations on the Internet.

Queues at St. Peter's Basilica

Entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica is free. However, there are always long queues at the security check. At Easter there is a queue around St. Peter’s Square and it takes at least an hour to get to security. What will be done to avoid queues in the future is not yet known.

You can, however, avoid the queue by ordering in advance an audio guide or a tour from the official visitor service of St. Peter’s Basilica. You will then go to the pilgrimage service with your reservation and will be let through directly to the security check.

Queues at the Colosseum

The Colosseum is the most visited museum in Italy. For security reasons, no more than 3,000 visitors may be in the Colosseum at the same time.

For the Colosseum, a certain amount of tickets are offered on the Internet. At Easter, these tickets are probably sold out by mid-March. Tickets with a video guide or guided tours are usually still available.

A certain amount of tickets are reserved for the box office. At Easter, however, you risk that the tickets at the box office are sold out or are only available for an unfavorable time. You should therefore reserve tickets for the Colosseum in good time.

Queues at the Vatican Museums

Rome Easter Vatican MuseumsThere are always scary queues at the Vatican Museums. Most of the time they go up the entire street from Piazza del Risorgimento to the museum entrance.

If you want to visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, there is a trick:

If you book a tour of Museums + St. Peter’s Basilica, you can walk straight from the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica and save at least two hours.

However, this does not work if St. Peter’s Basilica is closed to the public.

To do this, check the calendar. During Easter week, St. Peter’s Basilica is closed on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Borghese Gallery

The Borghese gallery is also worth mentioning. There are no queues at the gallery because you cannot enter the Borghese gallery without a reservation and because the gallery is usually fully booked a month in advance.

If you want to visit the Borghese gallery, you must make a reservation in good time.

Rome Easter shopping

All shops are open on Good Friday. Good Friday is a normal working day in Rome. Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are similarly high holidays in Rome as Christmas. Easter Sunday – Pasqua – is a family day, on Easter Monday – Pasquetta – the Romans visit friends and have lunch together. The shopping centers and many shops in the center and all shops in the periphery are closed. The shops in Termini Central Station and individual small fruit and grocery stores in the center are open. The luxury supermarket with restaurants Eataly is open Tripadvisor logo. It is behind the Pyramide / Ostiense train station, metro B, tram 3.

The Porta Portese flea market is also open on Easter Sunday. Here you will find everything from junk to antiques. Be careful of pickpockets! Tram 3 + 8 8 – 13

The so-called minimarkets are also open. There, however, you pay very high prices.

Rome Easter food

Sweet Easter bread, Easter eggs, boiled eggs and Easter pizza are part of the Roman tradition of Easter breakfast. The Romans are not used to an extensive breakfast, but it must be at Easter.

Many also combine a late breakfast with lunch for a brunch lasting several hours. Artichokes are still in season until the end of April and are prepared in a variety of ways. Pickled as “Carciofi alla Romana” or fried as “Carciofi alla Giudia”, in pancakes “Frittata” or with offal “Coratella con Carciofi” are just a few of the preparation options.

It also includes a selection of antipasti, cheese and sausages, salty pastries, a soup. Then follows a first course with pasta and potato dumplings and then, obligatory, the lamb “Agnello” or “Abbacchio”. Finally, there is the classic “Colomba”, a yeast pastry with candied fruit and almond in the form of a dove, desserts from the Neapolitan tradition and all possible dessert variations.

The temples of Roman cuisine include Armando al Pantheon TripAdvisor logo, as the name suggests, at the Pantheon in the Salita dei Crescenzi.

Roman cuisine can be found in the ghetto, and on the Tiber island at Sora Lella TripAdvisor logo. Also in Trastevere you will find a variety of trattorie and restaurants.

Rome Easter BrunchFor brunch and lunch on Easter holidays, I have gathered some ideas for you. In any case, you should make a reservation.

In the heart of Trastevere, Via Natale del Grande 52, you will find Eggs TripAdvisor logo. The name is program with egg dishes and variations of Carbonara. On Easter Sunday and Easter Monday you will get a classic Roman Easter breakfast here.

In the Pigneto district you will find a lunch menu in the Bistrot Pigneto 1870 TripAdvisor logo, Via del Pigneto 25. Bus 81, local train RMG from Termini, departure at the exit of the regional train station, opposite the hotel Radisson Blu, until the stop Ponte Casilino.

Brunch is available at Rosti TripAdvisor logo in Pigneto, there is also a garden. Via Bartolomeo d’Alviano 65, Metro C Station Pigneto.

You get an organic brunch in the Testaccio district at the Ketumbar TripAdvisor logo, via Galvani 24, Metro B station Piramide.

Near the metro station Cipro is the Bistrot Secondo Tradizione TripAdvisor logo, in via Rialto 39. Here you will find Roman cuisine.

Between the Parliament and the Pantheon in Piazza Capranica is the wine bar Collegio TripAdvisor logo. The family owns a well-known winery in the region. Here too you will find traditional cuisine.

At the end of the market Porta Portese, at Lungotevere Portuense 200, you will find the restaurant Pasticcio on the 5th floor Pasticcio TripAdvisor logo. Here you can enjoy a well-kept brunch with a view.

A classic for an extensive brunch is Momart TripAdvisor logo between Via Nomentana and the metro station Piazza Bologna in Viale XXI Aprile 19. This place is one of the best for a brunch in Rome.

A popular bistro with organic products is Vivi Bistrot TripAdvisor logo in the Villa Pamphili, just the thing for the holiday in the parks of Rome. There are now several branches, in Palazzo Braschi at Piazza Navona, in Via della Mercede 50 in the center and in the Rinascente department store in Via del Tritone.

For a trip to the countryside we propose you the Via Appia Antica. You simply take bus 118 from Piazza Venezia and get off at the Calixtus Catacombs or at the Catacombs of St. Sebastian. It’s about a two miles walk from the Circus Maximus on Via di Porta San Sebastiano. By bus 218 from San Giovanni you can get off at Quo Vadis or at Ardeatina / San Sebastiano. More about the Appia Antica>

A noble and well known place is the L’Archeologia TripAdvisor logo opposite St. Sebastian. Opposite the mausoleum of Cecilia Metella is the nice and simple garden restaurant Il Giardino di Giulia e Fratelli TripAdvisor logo. Right next to it you will find the top location Hostaria Antica Roma, TripAdvisor logo which is owned by the same family.

The Pope's Way of the Cross at the Colosseum · Via Crucis

The Pope celebrates the Way of the Cross on Good Friday at the Colosseum. The Colosseum and Colosseo Metro station are therefore closed on Good Friday afternoon.

Pope Way of the Cross at the Colosseum 21:15 – 22:45

There is a huge crush and you can only see the Pope with binoculars. This year, tThe Way of the Cross may be celebrated private. Details are not yet known.

Of course it is very impressive to celebrate the Way of the Cross with so many believers. But it is also very tiring and you have to be there very early to find a good place.

You can see the live broadcast of the Pope’s Way of the Cross on our site.

Watch the Way of the Cross 2019 on Youtube.

The Cirque du Soleil is in Rome for Easter with the show “Totem”. Do not miss this impressive spectacle!

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2 thoughts on “Rome Easter 2020 · up-to-date and perfectly informed in Rome”

  1. I’d like to know the internet site transmiting the Mass by the Pope on Easter Sunday, 12th April 2020

    • You can follow all transmissions on our page Pope Francis live. This includes also the Mass and the Via Crucis on Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and the Mass and the Blessing on Easter Sunday.


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