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. And there are a few places where Christmas markets in Rome spring up in the weeks before Christmas.
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November 25, 2013
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.
November 11, 2013
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.
October 15, 2012
The atmosphere of Christmas in Rome is definitely something you must try at least one in your life, because besides the glittering shop windows and the lights and decorations, there is a nativity in every church and some of them are real masterpieces like the 13th Century Holy Family by Arnolfo di Cambio in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, or the various 17th and 18th century Neapolitan “Presepio” Nativities: must see ones are definitely the one on the Capitoline Square, where you can enjoy also a breathtaking view on the Roman Forum, the Nativity in the Basilica di S. Maria in Aracoeli, made in 1858 by Luigi Ceccon with human size statues, and the neapolitan nativity in the portico of the nearby Basilica dei SS. Cosma e Damiano, along via dei Fori Imperiali.
December 22, 2011
Two very good reasons to head to Rome during the Christmas season are that the first Christmas mass was said in Rome at the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the city’s five large basilicas and the biggest dedicated to the Virgin Mary; and also that here are located the Vatican and the Pope, head of the Catholic Church in the world and thus epicenter of celebrations of the birth of Jesus.
November 28, 2011
Since Rome is basically the place from where Christianity was consolidated and spread, it’s no surprise that its makes a big deal out of Christmas–as it should; the Eternal city’s monuments and ancient architecture are prime for decorating, and the city does Christmas right.
December 14, 2010
What better way to celebrate Christmas than in Christendom’s holiest of cities? Even if you’re a casual Catholic or just like giving presents to your relatives, Christmas in Rome is an unforgettable experience. For example, just about anywhere you travel during the holidays is decorated for the occasion, and the Vatican is no exception.