Inghams Italy Advent- 13 dicembre
Sat Dec 2014
Could there be a more appropriate place to visit at Christmas time than Rome, the cradle of Catholic Christianity? The breathtaking St Peter’s Square is decorated every year with a gigantic and bright Christmas tree. On Christmas Eve, thousands of Catholics gather on this square to take part in the Midnight Mass and rejoice together the birth of Jesus. This Mass, of course, is celebrated by the Pope, a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
If blessed with snow, can you imagine the beauty of the Colosseum, of the Altare della Patria, of the Pantheon or of the Trevi Fountain covered in white? Winter turns this city in an even more mystical place. Furthermore, every year in Piazza Navona a colourful Christmas Market takes place: here one can find stylish decorations, mouth-watering treats and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
If shopping is your thing, make sure you also visit the elegant Via Condotti. This street’s exclusive boutiques set up the most stunning window decorations during this time of the year, in a stylish attempt to attract customers’ attention. The entire street is also adorned with eye-catching Christmas lights. Perfect for an afternoon walk, before a coffee break in a local bar.
The only thing to keep in mind during this festive period is that most museums and shops are closed on the 25th and 26th of December. But how can you blame the Romans for this: they want to enjoy and wonder around their city at Christmas time too!