7Easter With the Pope in Rome at Saint Peter’s

On Good Friday, the pope celebrates the Via Crucis, or Stations of the Cross, in Rome near the Colosseum. A huge cross with burning torches lights the sky as the stations of the cross are described in several languages, and the pope gives a blessing at the end.

Easter mass is held in every church in Italy, with the biggest and most popular celebrated by the pope at Saint Peter’s Basilica. The Prefecture of the Papal Household recommends ordering free tickets at least 2–6 months in advance.