20 million extra visitors will flock to Rome for historic Jubilee

Rome's Casa Il Rosario Is Ideally Located.
Rome's Casa Il Rosario Is Ideally Located.
May 9, 2024 - PRLog -- Pope Francis will today (Thursday, 9 May) read a new Papal Bull at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome revealing the details of next year's Catholic Jubilee. It's one of the world's oldest celebrations, tracing its history back to the year 1300, and will be attended by millions of people.

With just a few breaks for events such as the Napoleonic Wars, the Jubilee has become one of the world's oldest regular celebrations, far eclipsing traditions such as the modern Olympic Games, which only began in the year 1900.

Last held in the year 2000 (excluding 2015's 'Extraordinary Jubilee' event), the 2025 celebration could be the biggest Jubilee ever staged, with people making their way to Rome from all corners of the world.

Held every 25 years, the 2025 Jubilee will have the theme 'Pilgrims of Hope'. Lily Smith, a leading travel expert from monasteries.com says: 'Events to commemorate the Jubilee will be held throughout 2025, reaching a peak in May and June. It's exciting news, but it is likely to create problems for people planning to visit Rome next year.

'Our research indicates that more than 30 million visitors are likely to visit Rome for the celebrations. That's 200% more than the 10 million visitors Rome normally receives and roughly eight times the city's entire population. For that reason, hotel accommodation is going to be at an absolute premium, especially during the peak summer months.

'It's no surprise that many people planning to visit Rome are already thinking beyond hotels and  traditional Italian "pensiones". What could be more in keeping with such a momentous event than staying in a monastery or convent?

'Many have breakfast and dining halls, communal spaces and – especially in Rome – rooftop terraces with stunning panoramic views. While some monasteries are more basic, many come fully equipped with modern amenities. All are far more budget-friendly than hotels or holiday lets.

'Rome's top-rated Casa il Rosario, for example, costs as little as €50 per night (in fact, there's currently a room available for just €42.99 next May), compared to the €90 you would typically spend for a night in one of Rome's hotels. There are three monastery guest houses offering accommodation to visitors within a ten-minute walk of the Vatican, and many others are sited near the basilicas that will be opened by the Pope for next year's events.

For people wanting to learn more about the Jubilee, staying in monasteries, convents and abbeys and how to book, see: https://www.monasteries.com/en-GB/travelinspiration/where-to-stay-in-rome-for-jubilee-2025

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