Rome celebrates its birthday in typical Roman fashion, with a party that lasts for days. To commemorate the legendary founding of Rome by Romulus in 753 BC there are traditional events such as the tracciato del solco, or trench-digging ritual, re-enactments of the Palilia ceremony honoring the agricultural goddess, mock gladiator battles and other nods to the Eternal City’s almost-eternal history.
The celebration culminates in a costumed parade beginning and ending at the Circus Maximus. There’s no better way than this lighthearted Italian festival to truly partake in the city’s rich history. This year it celebrates its 2,770th birthday!