21st April – Rome’s Birthday
You might have heard that the 21st of April is celebrated in Eternal City as the Birthday of Rome.
The myth about Romulus and Remus brings us back to the Eight century BC.
The legend narrates that the twin brothers were abandoned and thrown inside River Tiber. On the bank of the river near the Palatine Hill they were recovered by a she-wolf who suckled them and saved their lives.
Years later, Romulus and Remus wanted to establish a city exactly on the place where they have been found. Some disagreements divided the two brothers and eventually Romulus killed his brother. However, Romulus established the city that he decided to call Rome. According to the legend, this occurred on the 21st April 753BC.
Today we will be celebrating 2771st Birthday of Rome!!! Now, more than ever, you know what does it mean that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”!
If you’re in the Eternal City on the 21st and 22nd April you will be able to participate to numerous events organized by local associations. Circus Maximus, Via Fori Imperiali, Piazza del Campidoglio will be open-air stages. Exhibitions, concerts will be held across the city, while many Roman museums will be free.
But, first of all, visit Piazza del Campidoglio and you will find the copy of the statue of the she-wolf and the twin brothers. The original one is inside the Capitolini Museums and this time the entrance is free!