Events in Rome: The magic Christmas atmosphere in Rome
Christmas is always magic, n any city you decide to spend it, but in Rome it is even more peculiar. Only in Rome you can breathe a very peculiar atmosphere, made of history and tradition, where to mix everything makes your Christmas holidays special. Let's discover the events you can take part to during the Christmas period in Rome.
WHERE TO BREATH THE CHRISTMAS ATMOSPHERE IN ROME
We should say Rome is wonderful all around the year, but during Christmas it gives you its best. In this period, it actually is a blaze of light in any corner, with the colourful light and the Christmas decorations creating a fantastic atmosphere. The shops respect this rule decorating their windows, giving a new appearance to any of the items. Every single street of the city is magic: Via Margutta, Via Condotti, Via Frattina and the other streets of the city centre are an explosion of lights and colours, interpreting Christmas in a different way. In many areas of the city, you will find the "presepi", made of pieces dating back to the 1800s, or played by real people, making live "presepi", depicting the famous scenes of Jesus Christ nativity.
Also the Christmas trees are a great attraction: they are several and very peculiar, such as the one in Piazza San Pietro, or Piazza Navona and Piazza di Spagna. The schedule is rich in events of any kind, from art Christmas exhibitions, theatre shows, and events for children - the latter the best protagonists of Christmas.
THE MAIN CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN ROME
The events we have talked to you about interesting for the Roman citizens, but also the tourists coming from all over the world. The best moment is when the Christmas tree in Piazza San Pietro gets lighted, starting the Christmas festivities officially. They are always very big trees, every year donated by a different country. Another event not to be missed is the midnight mass on Christmas Eve, also in St. Peter's square, by the Pope.
After the celebration of mass and the blessing by the Pope, you can drink a glass of Spumante in one of the several clubs nearby. Also along the Lungotevere many Christmas events take place, such as a local handicraft market where to buy original presents you can put under your Christmas tree for your beloved. Finally, how not to mention New Year's Eve in Rome? It is one of the most important events of the year, with the national television proposing live shows of music and entertainment, from 8 pm on. Music, shows, art and famous artists wait for midnight with the audience, singing and dancing before the New Year’s toast. New Year’s Eve is an occasion to experience the very Christmas atmosphere in Rome, to leave an original New Year's Eve at the open air, as the weather is always enough warm so you don't need to stay at home.
PIAZZA NAVONA AND THE EPIPHANY
And what can you do after New Year’s Eve? The atmosphere in the city is magic not only during the days immediately after Christmas Day, but also later. One of the most loved moments by Roman people and visitors from all over the world, is the Epiphany on January 6th. During this anniversary Piazza Navona - one of the most famous squares of the city - becomes a fairy and magic place, rich in attractions waiting for the special guest: the Befana. Every year, Piazza Navona hosts the Epiphany market, full of stands selling presents, toys, and sweets. The climax of the party is reached when the procession of the Befana arrives in the square.
The Befana actually is a very ancient character, taking origin from Diana goddess, the queen of hunting and fecundity, and it is connected also to the Three Wise Men, donating gold, incense and myrrh to the little Jesus. Over the years, the Epiphany has become a celebration loved by children and adults too, during the night between January 5th and 6th: it is an occasion to reach the market and buy presents and sweets to make the epiphany socks adults and children love to find next to their bed in the morning. If you don't spend this day in Piazza Navona, or you don't buy a piece of tasty "torrone", it means you haven't really experienced Christmas in Rome.
WHERE TO STAY IN ROME AT CHRISTMAS
If you want to stay in Rome during the Christmas holidays, the best place to stay is Hotel Cosmopolita. It is an accommodation situated in a wonderful location, a few steps from the main historical and cultural attractions of the Italian capital, and the places symbol of Christmas in Rome. The accommodation is very welcoming and it offers all the comforts you need to feel at home during your holiday in Rome. For this reason, we suggest you to immediately contact the accommodation, to discover the availability and prices of the Christmas period.