Italy | Jubilee Year 2025

Planning to attend the Jubilee of 2025 in Rome?

Rome Jubilee 2025: A Spiritual Journe

The Jubilee of 2025 is a highly anticipated event among the faithful worldwide. Its significance extends beyond the Catholic Church, earning respect from other faiths as well. As you embark on this journey, let me guide you through the highlights, practical tips, and must-see attractions.

Pope Francis and the Jubilee

In 2015, Pope Francis initiated an extraordinary Jubilee. Now, in 2025, we eagerly await the second Jubilee under his leadership.

A Year of Grace and Remission

The Jubilee is a special time when the Catholic Church grants the faithful the opportunity for plenary indulgence—the remission of sins for themselves or their departed loved ones.

Duration and Timing

  • The Jubilee typically spans a year and a few days.
  • It commences just before Christmas and concludes on the Epiphany of the following year.

The Sacred Ritual: Opening the Holy Door

The most iconic moment is the opening of the Holy Door. This door remains accessible only during the Jubilee year. The four major basilicas in Rome host these doors:

  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Archbasilica of St. John Lateran
  • St. Paul Outside the Walls
  • St. Mary Major

St. Peter’s Basilica is the first to open, followed by the others. These doors symbolize spiritual renewal and welcome pilgrims from around the globe. They remain open until the Jubilee’s end, after which they are sealed once more.

Key Dates (Official Calendar)

  • May 9, 2025: Official proclamation of the ordinary Jubilee by Pope Francis.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica: Heart of Vatican City, where the Bull of Indiction will be read.
  • 35 million Visitors: Estimated number of pilgrims and tourists during the Jubilee.

Planning Your Visit

  1. Crowds: Will there be crowds? Certainly, especially during scheduled Jubilee events. But Rome is a large city, well-suited for the crowds. “This isn’t Rome’s first rodeo (Jubilee)😁”
  2. Accommodations: Book early. Rome is a large city with many hotels, boutique hotels, charming guesthouses, and Airbnb options. Lodging near the event venues will book more quickly than usual.
  3. Itinerary:
    • Day 1: Explore Vatican City. Visit St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel.
    • Day 2: Climb the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) and explore the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano.
    • Day 3: Discover the stunning Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.
    • Day 4: Explore Baroque churches like Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza and Sant’Andrea al Quirinale.
    • Day 5: Stroll through the charming Trastevere district.
  4. Cultural Events:
    • Attend special Masses, concerts, and exhibitions.
    • Participate in pilgrimages and processions.
  5. Security and Health Measures:
    • Stay informed about security protocols and any health guidelines.
    • Respect local customs and dress modestly when visiting religious sites.

Must-See Attractions

  • St. Peter’s Basilica: Marvel at Michelangelo’s Pietà and climb to the dome for panoramic views.
  • Vatican Museums: Explore the vast art collection, including the Raphael Rooms.
  • Colosseum: Step back in time at this iconic amphitheater.
  • Trevi Fountain: Toss a coin and make a wish!
  • Pantheon: Admire the ancient temple-turned-church.

Spiritual Reflection

Take time for personal reflection and prayer. Attend Mass at St. Peter’s or join a pilgrimage group. Seek moments of silence and connection.


  • Dress modestly when visiting churches.
  • Respect local customs and traditions.
  • Capture memories but also immerse yourself in the experience.

Official Jubilee Website

Disclaimer: The information provided here is based on available sources and is subject to change. Always check official announcements and guidelines before your trip.