A warm sunny day on Epiphany sent Romans in their droves to the nearby beaches of Ostia and Torvaianica to enjoy the almost summer-like conditions. Epiphany is celebrated all over Italy with the arrival of "La Befana", an old witch who leaves gifts and sweets inside the children's stockings.
At Torvaianica "La Befana del Mare" (the Seaside Befana) punctually arrived by boat to distribute the goodies.
In Rome itself, Befana made various appearances, including one in a vintage Fiat 500, as part of a gathering of cinquecento fans and collectors. In the nearby Castelli Romani, Befana defied her venerable age with an acrobatic descent on her broomstick from the bell tower of Bernini's Church of San Nicola at Ariccia, while the Three Wise Men rode through almost every town and village and participated in many of the Nativity re-enactments staged throughout the area.
The many religious and lay charity organizations also played an important part of the Epiphany celebrations with the distribution of food and clothes to the needy and homeless in hospitals, churches and refugee centres.