Easter in Rome is one of the busiest times of the year.
Keep in mind that if you are planning to be in Italy, in general, around Easter, that this is a very important holiday. Almost every museum, event venue and archaeological site is closed Good Friday through Easter Monday. The holiday weeks preceding and following the Easter weekend also are a challenge for tourism due to changing hours at those locations as well.
Here, for your use and reference, is a list of events currently planned in the city
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Maundy (Holy) Thursday Mass 09:30AM St. Peter’s Basilica (Smaller crowd with better chance of closer proximity to the Pope) (Tickets Required)
Second Papal Mass of the day: 5:30pm, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Basilica of Saint John Lateran
Friday, April 14, 2017:
Good Friday procession from Colosseum to Palatine Hill
Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica 5:00PM (Tickets Required)
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Easter Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica (Tickets Required)
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square with the Pope – 10:15AM (Tickets Required)
“Urbi et Orbi” Blessing at 12:00PM Noon in St. Peter’s Square (No Tickets Required)
Vatican Web Site Calendar and other information.
Audience or Mass with the Pope: Information