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Com. & 800/669- April January Epiphany celebrations, nationwide. All cities, towns, and villages in Italy stage Roman Catholic Epiphany observances. One of the most festive celebrations is the Epiphany Fair at Rome’s Piazza Navona. Usually January 5 to 6. Festa di Sant’Agnese, Sant’Agnese Fuori le Mura. During this ancient ceremony, two lambs are blessed and shorn, and their wool is used later for palliums (Roman Catholic vestments). Usually January 21. Holy Week observances. Processions and age-old ceremonies—some from pagan days, some from the Middle Ages—are staged throughout the country.

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