Christmas Time in Rome

Ok, it may be a little early to be talking about Christmas, 4 months too early to be precise, but I visited this market last year and got so excited that I could only wait ntil now to write about it. I was so gutted last year when I turned up in January, only to find one day remaining in the market. So, my plans for this year’s Christmas holiday are quite obvious; I’m going back to stay in one of the Rome apartments for a week to do some festive shopping and to take in the sights of the city while under the Christmas spell.

The market takes place every year in the Piazza Navona, which was originally built in the 15th century on an already existing amphitheatre and now provides the city with one of its liveliest squares. The square used to be the home of many games, tournaments, processions and shows and now hosts some of the best bars and restaurants in the city. In the square you can find some of Rome’s most famous fountains; del Moro, di Nettuno and dei Fium. In addition, you can find the series of famous statues, depicting the four corners of the world; the statues of the Nile, the Ganges, the Danube and the Rio de la Plata. In the winter, from December to Epiphany, you can find hundreds of stalls, selling arts, crafts, food and drink.

So, lets get down to business. Rome’s Christmas market is as spectacular as you could imagine. There’s Santa Claus, nativity scenes (or ‘presepi’) and rows upon rows of stalls selling just about anything to with Christmas and more. Then, on the 6th of January Befana comes along to reward all the good little girls and boys with presents and all the naughty little girls and boys with a lump of coal. So make sure to behave yourselves! There’s different events held on different dates during the month, but one thing is for sure; children can visit Santa Claus and parents can stroll around the romantic setting of the market, taking in some of the best sights in Rome.

Make sure not to miss the food stalls in the market as you’ll kick yourself if you do. Expect to be fed like a king, as the stall owners are very keen to show off their creations. Some of the most loved Italian Christmas treats are ‘torrone’ (nougat bars filled with almonds and various other delights) and ‘biscotti’ (traditional Italian biscuit). My belly is rumbling just thinking about them! Don’t forget to take in the amplified romance of the city that Christmas time provides! The atmosphere of the Christmas market is just amazing; festive music is played through speakers or by one of the many live bands, the decorations are extraordinary and everyone is bouncing with joy. Get in to the Christmas spirit (well maybe not just yet), and make your way to Rome in December.

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One Response to “Christmas Time in Rome”

  1. opentopsightseeing Says:

    thanks
    for giving information .wish we will visit Rome next time on Christmas

    http://www.opentopsightseeing.com/

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