Feeling the Halloween Spirit? Halloween Events Around Rome for Children and Adults

With Halloween just around the corner, you might be wondering where you can go to celebrate this spooky event in Rome.  Below is a list of both horrific activities to terrify you throughout this ghastly weekend.

Halloween Events for Adults

Circolo degli Artisti

Poster image from Circolo degli Artisti: http://www.circoloartisti.it/

Poster image for Santa Muerte: Circolo degli Artisti: http://www.circoloartisti.it/

This year Circolo degli Artisti celebrates Halloween with a Mexican flair.  Event features DJ sets in two rooms, spinning everything from the 80s to hip-hop to electronica. Come dressed for the event, and you can have your picture taken as well as be entered to win tickets for a concert.  Ticket Price: €8 (advanced purchase) or €10 (at the door) | Location: Via Casilina Vecchio, 42 (Bus #810). Doors Open: 9:30PM.

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Winter in Rome: Markets & Holiday Events

Following up on our previous post, below are some ongoing events during this holiday season:

Christmas Markets (24 Nov. 2014 – 6 Jan. 2015)

La Befana Dolls at Christmas Market in Piazza Navona. Image by Samsonite Australia: http://www.samsoniteaustralia.com/

Piazza Navona is already of great historical and architectural renown, and its massive annual Christmas market adds a hefty dose of magic to this busy attraction.  On an average day, thousands of people make their way easily through the open stadium-shaped piazza.  During its Christmas market, however, the piazza is transformed into a crowded marketplace, filled with stalls selling all sorts of decorations (such as the Epiphany’s Befana dolls, shown above), foods (make sure to try a hot ciambella, shown below), jewelry, books, and a host of other things.

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Muri Puliti, Popoli Muti: Walls, Graffiti & Roman Tradition

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Muri puliti, popoli muti (“clean walls, dumb people”) is a famous saying that has accompanied Rome’s long social and political history, extending beyond the walls of the beautiful capital to encapsulate a trend common to the entire Italian peninsula: graffiti.

The history of graffiti, or generally-speaking writing on walls, is not rooted in modern times.  Furthermore, the spontaneous practice of wall graffiti provides clear evidence of a population’s need to make openly make social commentary and explain concepts.  Italians call it scrittura di strada e di piazza (“street and piazza writing”), a means of communication, engaged in by various members of society from different social strata, that is equivalent and parallel to official and institutional forms.

Graffiti came to be seen as directly expressing popular thought, and covered a wide range of topics, many of which were incised into the walls of ancient Rome.  The curious passerby was treated to numerous graffiti that represented men, women, political caricatures, blatant erotic scenes infused with ritual and religion.

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