If you are heading to Rome with your family this April 2012, then discover the Birth of Rome with us on Aventine Hill, where you will be able to enjoy one of the most charming districts in the Eternal City.
The Birth of Rome (Natale di Roma) is based on myth. In fact, there are many myths related to the founding of the Italian capital, however the two main ones comprise the legends of “Helen of Troy” and that of “Romulus and Remus”.
The legend of the Birth of Rome
The Trojan War culminated in the founding of Rome. Helen of Troy fled from Troy and later travelled to Italy with companions. It was her descendants that founded Rome.
The story begins with Numitor, one of Helen’s descendants, King of the city of Albe and father of Rhea Silvia. His brother Amulius, seized power and forced Rhea to go and live in the Temple of Vesta. There she fell in love with Mars and gave birth to twins, Romulus and Remus. Her uncle Amulius had them placed in a trough and abandoned on the River Tiber. A she-wolf found them at the bottom of Palatine Hill where she suckled them until they were discovered by a shepherd who adopted them. When they reached manhood, the brothers sought revenge and overthrew Amulius, restoring Numitor to the throne.
However, on deciding where to found the new city, Romulus and Remus argued. Thus, they agreed to determine the new site by interpreting the will of god through the flight of birds (augury), which would indicate the winner. Romulus saw 12 vultures, whilst Remus emerged victorious, after only seeing 6. Romulus then started to build the walls of the new city. Remus however, was very disappointed at losing and after criticising the new wall, he leapt over it. He was consequently killed by Romulus. Despite being saddened by the death of this brother, Romulus completed the city and named it after himself, hence Rome, founded in 753 B.C.
Birth of Rome celebrations
The Birth of Rome celebrations, held annually on the 21st of April, are carried out on Aventine Hill, which is lit up with torches’ lights, and stunning fireworks fill up the Roman skies over Piazza del Capitolio and along the River Tiber. A small parade also takes place with participants in dress from that era, and there are roman banquets and Gladiators’ shows. This 2012, the locals will be celebrating the 2766th birthday of Rome! This isn’t something you see every day.
If you stay by Aventine Hill then you will be at the heart of the festivities. This vibrant district is full of charming little places that you just can’t miss out on! Located not far from Circus Maximus, the ancient Roman Chariot Racing Stadium, is also the beautiful “Giardino degli Aranci” (Garden of Oranges) and the stunning Santa Sabina Church. You can also enjoy some spectacular views of the River Tiber and the city.
To conclude, if you would like to be taken on a journey back through time and discover the historical event of the Birth of Rome, then this is the perfect activity for you! Finally, if you are fortunate enough to be in Rome over this special date then make sure you book your Localnomad Rome apartment now so you can immerse yourself in the fascinating past of the Eternal City.