The capital celebrates its 2,765th birthday on Saturday 21 April, based on the legendary foundation of Rome by Romulus in 753 BC, with a number of events taking place across the capital.

Members of historical dramatic society Gruppo Storico Romano are staging parades with gladiators, senators, vestal virgins and priestesses as well as re-enacting battles, historic events, and displays of ancient theatre and dance in the city centre.

The foundation of Rome will be marked at 15.00 on 21 April with a trench-digging ceremony at the Circus Maximus. Known as the