Viva La Befana
Italians celebrate the religious feast of the Epiphany, or the more popular one of La Befana, on 6 January. It is a public holiday across Italy and marks the official end of the Christmas season.
The Viva la Befana event along Via della Conciliazione, leading up to St Peter's, at 10.00 on 6 January is the highlight of the festivities in Rome. Comprising costumed figures, camels and horses, the parade is designed to combine Christian values with the folklore that the day evokes in Italy.