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Tuesday, 15 March 2011 17:19
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MARCH 16 2011


For the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, the city of Rome has put together an entire program of events which begins with the Notte Tricolore (translated as the “three-coloured night” - the three colours being green, white and red of the Italian flag) on the evening of the 16th March.

Romans have been invited to decorate their windows, balconies, terraces, gates, courtyards and shop windows with the Italian colours.

The city centre will become one big coloured stage, hosting street performances and fireworks, military bands in concert, musicals, plays and lectures, guided tours. Many of Rome's most beautiful historic buildings will be lit by spectacular architectural projections.

Almost all of the events are free of charge, and the party kicks off in the Piazza del Campidoglio at 7pm.

The festival is held along the streets of Via XX Settembre,  from Via del Quirinale to Piazza Venezia, Piazza Venezia and Piazza del Campidoglio, Via dei Fori Imperiali, Via del Corso and Piazza Colonna.

Shows and entertainment are also on the streets of Via Veneto, Via Nazionale, Largo Argentina Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza Navona, Piazza Sonnino and via Arenula. Events are also on in Piazza dei Cinquecento (Termini Station) and the areas around Castel Sant’Angelo.

Museums, cultural spaces and libraries will be open during the evening and night (with different opening hours). Casa della Memoria e della Storia, Casa delle Letterature, Casa del Cinema, Sala Santa Rita, the Capitoline Archive, Chiesa Nuova, Chiesa dell’Ara Coeli, Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio, del Gesù, Chiesa Sant’Andrea al Quirinale will be open and will host special events.

There will be special late night opening also for the Capitoline Museums, the Museums of Rome (Palazzo Braschi and in Trastevere), the Napoleonic Museum, the Ara Pacis, the Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco, Trajan’s Markets, Scuderie del Quirinale, Palazzo Barberini, Palazzo Altemps, Castel Sant’Angelo, part of the Museo delle Terme di Diocleziano. 

It should be a night to remember in the eternal city!