1. Easter. April 8th is Easter Sunday in 2012 and both Sunday and Monday are public holidays in Italy. Rome is a very religious city and home to the Vatican so it’s a special time here. The Pope says Mass to hundreds of thousands of people who gather in St Peter’s Square at 10.15am on Easter Sunday. He also presides over mass inside the basilica on Good Friday and holds an Easter Vigil on the evening of Easter Saturday, but you need to apply for tickets to these two services direct to the Vatican months in advance.
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2. Flowers. Spring in Rome is lovely, the weather is at its best and the flowers are out in the parks. The Spanish Steps are particularly wonderful at this time of year, a mass of pink flowers leading up to the Trinita dei Monte church.
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