First of May Festival in Rome
Workers Day in Rome
Best known as the Concerto del Primo Maggio, this festival as the name suggests, takes place every year on the 1st of May. The First of May is bank holiday and is dedicated to the workers, who do not work that day!, and to celebrate this occasion there normally is a live Concert going on in San Giovanni in Laterano, a square located only 3 stops away from Termini station on the metro A line.
Trade unions first organised the event, to celebrate workers day and therefore it was best known as a communist event. The first of May was first celebrated in Italy in 1891 among disorder and many of the attending persons were injured when the police was called in. Nowadays the concert is simply an excuse to enjoy good music, regardless of the political leanings, and to have a good day out taking the sun!
Every year there is a different band or singer, Italian of course, and normally hugely popular. This is the reason why it attracts crowds from all over Italy, mostly young people, some of whom party all night and sleep on the grass of the gardens in the square before taking a train back to their hometown.
First of May each year
Unfortunately as most Italian events, the names of singers are out only a few days before the first of may, however according to the grapevine it would seem that this 2010, the singer Vinicio Capossela will be on stage.
As we write this the presence of Paolo Nuttini has just been confirmed too. And who will be the host? Well, this year we will have a hostess: Sabrina Impacciatore. This will be the first time a woman hosts the concert all by herself.
What else is there to do? When you get hungry you can get a snack from the many stands set around. You will also find some souvenirs and various other stuff on sale around the San Giovanni in Laterano square.
Needless say that thousands of people attend this Rome event every year and that the Concerto del Primo Maggio grows more and more famous each year.
San Giovanni In Laterano in Rome, take metro line A and get off in San Giovanni, which is a mere 3 stops away from Termini Station.