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Rome on Palm Sunday; Sienna on Easter Sunday

I'm not Catholic or Christian, so I'm a bit clueless about Palm Sunday and how significant it may be in Rome. We know that the Vatican is closed on Sundays, so we booked our admission for Saturday (April 4th). Aside from that, we're just going to see the usual major tourist attractions over a 3-day period.

Will anything be closed on Sunday April 5th just because it's Palm Sunday (if it is usually open on a Sunday)?

Also, near the end of our trip, we will be in Sienna on Easter Sunday. Do you think any restaurants will be open? I'm concerned we may not be able to get a meal that day! (We fly home the next day, which is Easter Monday).

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In Rome the Pantheon will open shorter hours (9a-1p) due to the holiday and as you mentioned the Vatican Museum will be closed on Palm Sunday. Everything else should be business as normal.

Ask your hotel in Siena to book a restaurant for you for Easter Sunday.

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Lynn, I would have thought that in such a tourist orientated places such as Sienna, finding a restaurant should not be a problem. Somewhat further south, I was in Siracusa for Easter. I attended Mass (tho' not Catholic)and the restuarants in the piazza were all ready for the faithful to have lunch afterwards. This year I will be in Florence and do not expect to starve.