Outdoor Christmas markets are a common element to many parts of Europe during the holiday season. They’re especially typical of Germanic countries, but their popularity has made other countries adopt the tradition, too – including Italy. In Rome, there are a few places where Christmas markets spring up in the weeks before Christmas.
Most people who plan vacations in Rome are thinking about visiting during the summer, when the sun is shining and the kids are out of school. But a trip to Rome in December can be magical – even if it’s cold. Here are some things to know about Rome in December before you go.
Rome’s most iconic symbol, the Colosseum, is getting a much-needed facelift. Scaffolding has begun to go up around the monument, heralding the start of a project that is scheduled to take 2.5 years, during which time the facade and entrances of the Colosseum will be bolstered or rebuilt as necessary.
Rome might be at its most popular in the summer months when the weather is conducive to spending long hours outside, but savvy travelers know that visiting touristy cities in the off season has major benefits. During the winter months, Rome’s weather is certainly colder, but those months also offer seasonal attractions and treats that aren’t around in the summer. Not only that, you’ll find that things like airfare and hotel rates are cheaper in the winter, often by quite a bit. Here are some of the things to do in Rome in winter.
You’ve probably heard that Rome was built on seven hills, right? More than just the stuff of legend, this is actually a fact – there are seven named hills inside ancient Rome’s city walls, and they each play a special part in the city’s history. Not only that, each one has attractions on it that modern-day visitors will want to check out. So here’s an overview of Rome’s seven hills.
Rome is the kind of tourist destination that doesn’t really have an “off-season” to speak of. You will, however, see a dramatic decrease in the number of visitors if you go in November instead of June. There are some great reasons to plan a trip to Rome in November, but there are also some things you’ll need to be aware of before you go.
Sergio Grom’s passion for his hometown was obvious at a young age. He couldn’t wait for family vacations to end so he could return to what he called “Rometta mia”, Italian for “my beloved sweet Rome”. Now he shares his enthusiasm for Rome with visitors, leading tours that focus on everything from an overview of the Vatican Museums to an in-depth look at Rome’s architecture. Sergio’s tourism career started in 1970 at Hertz Rent-A-Car. In addition to gaining a reputation as an amazing driver, he also developed a passion for helping visitors explore his country. In 1982 Sergio applied to become a tour guide with the Italian government. His application was approved five years later. “Things move pretty slowly in Italy,” he said. “But I made it. And here I am!”
At the end of a long day of sightseeing in Rome, the idea of relaxing with a cocktail probably sounds delightful – but who wants to end up in a dark bar when you’ve got the scenery of Rome just outside the door? That’s where Rome’s rooftop bars come in. Combine drinks (and dinner, depending on where you go) with some of the best views in the city and you’ve got a recipe for a memorable evening.
Since most people take their Italian vacations in the summer, visiting in a shoulder season like the autumn can mean avoiding the biggest crowds and highest prices. Of course, Rome is such a major tourist destination that it’s popular year-round – but there are some distinct advantages to going to Rome in autumn.
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