La Candelora Light Ceremony 'May Entice Visitors to Rome'

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La Candelora festival celebrates an ancient torch-light procession at the church of Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Orto in Rome.

Visiting some of Italy's spectacular churches and religious monuments may be high on the list of priorities for many people booking Rome hotels. (http://www.laterooms.com/en/k13659368_rome-hotels.aspx)

To make the trip extra special, they could ensure it coincides with La Candelora, which takes place at the church of Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Orto in the city's Trastevere quarter.

This feast of the purification of Mary takes place 40 days after the birth of Jesus on December 25th and is celebrated with a beautiful candle-blessing ceremony.

First introduced in ancient times, from the 7th century onwards Roman Christians would form a procession from the Foro Romano at dawn and light their way around the ruins with torches before visiting the Pope.

Since then, the ritual of blessing the lights has continued. Priests at the Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Orto also bless the River Tiber once a year, nerone reports.

Whether visitors to Rome are religious or not, this could be the perfect way to get a feel for the city and its many traditions and ceremonies.

If people are looking for a more light-hearted way to spend some of their time in the Italian capital, they could pay a visit to La Soffitta Sotto I Porticim, which is a bargain market held twice a month in Rome's Piazza Augusto Imperatore.

If you're heading to the La Candelora this year, we strongly advise that you book your hotel Roma (http://www.laterooms.com/it/k13659368_hotel-roma.aspx) as soon as possible, given the huge popularity of the event.

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