Spend a Spiritual Christmas in Rome

Visiting Rome at Christmas is one of the most spiritual ways to see this beautiful city and although there is usually a slight chill in the air, the sun still shines in Rome at Christmas, it is practically unheard of to see any snow!

Highlights of the season are the Papal Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, and the Pope reading his Christmas message in the piazza in front of St. Peter’s at noon on Christmas Day. In St. Peter’s Square there is also a famous life-size nativity scene.

The Christmas period in Rome really begins on the 8th December when Rome accommodation begins to get fully booked, the festival of the Immaculate Conception, when the Pope pays a visit to the Spanish Steps, and flowers are placed over a statue of Mary. He then gives mass at the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. The last big religious date is the 6th January, Epiphany.

On Christmas Day, why not listen to the Pope deliver the Urbi er Orbi message in Saint Peter’s Square at midday. Walk down to the Vatican and pass by the city’s towering Christmas tree in the Piazza Venezia on the way. Over Christmas Rome is very busy and therefore it is a good idea to book your Rome apartment or hotel in Rome early on. Many of Rome’s theatres and concert halls are jam packed with things to see and it is well worth seeing classical music or an opera performance if possible.

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