Halloween in Rome: things to do to add a little creepy to your stay in the eternal city.
do they celebrate Halloween in Rome?
Yes and no.
There are decorations almost everywhere and a few themed parties.
Treat-or-trick happens in some neighbors, usually when
an enthusiastic mom organizes a walk around the neighborhood, pre alerting people and praying them to have some candies at hand…
Young people dress up and stroll around the city, that’s it.
But what Rome is really great at is spooky places to visit, for grown-ups and lovers of the creepy…
Halloween in Rome
Have a walk through the little-known Coppedè, a residential, upper class, neighborhood. A Liberty & Art Decò (very gothic) group of buildings.
Go at sunset or by night, it’s magical and quite creepy. Many horror movies from the past were set here…
Mystic animals stare at you with minacious eyes.
Gino Coppedè, the architect behind this 20th-century piece of art, was a very eclectic figure and filled the 40 cottages and buildings with esoteric/masonic symbols.
If you really want to feel chills down your spine, visit Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini in Via Veneto. Not the church, but the Ossuary under it.
A crypt made of 5 chapels decorated with… bones! Real bones, phalanges, tibias, femurs, skulls…
Since 1631, the over 4000 remains of Capuchin friars (and poor people) that lived and died in the annexed convent, were used to ornate it.
Expect skeletons, bone lamps, hourglasses, clocks, and scales, and a dead child holding a scythe (as if the rest wasn’t enough).
I dare you to go at sunset when the dim light of lanterns makes it even spookier.
The sign at the entrance says (“What you are now we were, what we are you will be“), we must be aware of our mortality to live at our best… that’s what is called a cult of the death.
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This year, a new contemporary art gallery opened in Rome: Musja. The first art show is called “The Dark Side”. It has the intent of making you explore your fear of the dark – outside and inside yourself. The installations are innovative and a little creepy, the right amount of chills for an October night.
There are a few more spots I will visit soon, so save the page for future updates!
Enjoy your Halloween in Rome!