Things to do in Rome at Easter
Easter in Rome can be hot or cold, wet or dry, and the best-laid plans of Romans and visitors to the Capital during these festivities can often be scuppered. Fortunately Rome and its city centre can offer a number of very interesting alternatives for all weathers, both indoors and outdoors, that will make Easter Sunday and Easter Monday 2022 totally unforgettable.
Rome’s Botanical Garden
Rome’s Orto Botanico is officially a Museum, of the Department of Environmental Biology of Rome Sapienza University, covering a surface area of approximately 12 hectares in the heart of the city, between Via della Lungara and the Janiculum Hill. It occupies part of the archaeological area known as Horti Getae, which in ancient times housed the thermal baths of Septimius Severus. Rome’s botanical garden originates from the ancient Orto dei Semplici Pontificio (pontifical herb garden). Since 1883 it has been located in the historical gardens of Palazzo Riario-Corsini, a residence of Queen Christina of Sweden in the 17th century.
It is open every day from 9:00 to 18:30, including Sundays and bank holidays. Even though there are no guided tours on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, it is possible to enter for free and take a leisurely look at the various botanical collections. Among the main attractions are the Gymnosperm collection, Bamboo collection, Mediterranean forest, Palm tree collection, Rose garden, Garden of aromas, Valley of ferns, Mediterranean garden, Herb garden, Aquatic plants, Monumental greenhouse, Corsini greenhouse, Japanese Garden, Tropical greenhouse and monumental secular trees.
After the visit, a walk up to the Janiculum Terrace is a must, to see the city of Rome from one of its finest vantage points. To reach the Janiculum, leave the Botanical garden in Largo Cristina di Svezia and walk up the winding Via Garibaldi. This will take you to the stairs of the Real Academia Española, which will take you directly to the entrance.
The Balloon Museum
The first museum in the world made up exclusively of balloons & inflatable art. Rome has been chosen as the city to host this travelling museum in Italy, at the former ATAC Depot in Viale Angelico, where it will remain open until the 1st of May.
The Balloon Museum is a sort of installation. The idea is to “invade” the most beautiful corners of the cities hosting it with vibrant colours. Visitors will enter into a veritable citadel, walking among gigantic structures, highly interactive installations, a store and catering points. Online booking of tickets is highly recommended to guarantee a colourful and light Easter Sunday and Easter Monday for adults and children alike.
JAGO – The Exhibition
Palazzo Bonaparte in Roma will host the first large JAGO exhibition from 12 March to 3 July 2022.
JAGO is a sculptor with a rock star image: loved by the public at large, especially by youngsters, and a social phenomenon. Emblematic of the contemporary artist, his is a blend of talent, creativity and the ability to communicate. This is his first exhibition, and the first experiment of an active artist’s studio, as JAGO will be working on a new creation in the rooms of Palazzo Bonaparte. Tickets available here.
The exhibition Superbarocco. Art in Genoa, from Rubens to Magnasco, displays 120 works of art covering a time span of 150 years. The Scuderie del Quirinale will host the event from 26 March to 3 July. The focus will be on the golden century of art in Genoa, the 17th century, starting from Rubens’ arrival in the city and ending with Alessandro Magnasco. This journey will take visitors from the portraits of Rubens and Van Dyck to the discovery of the ornaments filling the canvases of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, known as Grechetto; from the lush Baroque compositions of Domenico Piola and Gregorio De Ferrari to Magnasco’s landscapes. In addition to paintings and sculptures, there are many artistic creations and applied art works on display, in a variety of precious materials: Carrara marble, silver, amethyst, to name but a few.
Tickets are available online, again booking in advance is recommended.
Easter Lunch in Rome 2022
Whether you decide to stroll among the trees and plants of the Botanical garden (time permitting!), lighten your thoughts among coloured balloons, discover a contemporary artist or take a leap back to the 17th century, Easter lunch is a not-to-be-missed tradition. After a nice walk to the Esquiline Hill, which is bound to get your appetite moving, come anddiscover our special Easter 2022 menu at Ristorante Amedeo… We will be here to serve you!