ROME 2008: THE BEAUTY OF CHRISTMAS CHEER

Our Blogger: Wanda

The Roman Coloseum at ChristmasEvery year in Rome the most well sought after Christmas market is the bazaar that is staged in Piazza Navona. This massive square is transformed into Christmas central, with games and toys for children, appearances by Santa and the famous “Befana” a.k.a. the friendly witch who flies on a broomstick on the day of the epiphany to fill the kiddies stockings with goodies. Holiday crafts, tree trimmings, games, chocolate, candy, and artists are all to be found there. 

Meanwhile, the Vatican is turned into a magical Christmas haven.  In 1982, Pope John Paul began a tradition of putting-up a Christmas tree of about 30 meters or more in the centre of St. Peter’s Square. Now every year a tree is given as a gift by one of the regions of Italy or one of the E.U. nations.  Beside the tree, a nativity scene is placed, drawing pilgrims from all over to have a look.Rome's Piazza Venezia at Christmas - always a sight to behold

HollyThe pope himself gives midnight mass on Christmas Eve. If you are lucky enough to get tickets for this mass, it is a really special event. Its a time when  St. Peter’s is a truly a place of worship, where no crowds of tourists will swarm around you during their Vatican City tour, and for one evening it is possible to take in St. Peter’s not just as a tourist attraction, but as the most important place of worship in Christianity.

And don’t forget the comfort of Christmas in Rome, because it’s the little things that realty count. You can enjoy a walk shopping in the most beautiful streets of the historical centre and for a break stop at the Antico Caffe Greco in via Condotti, where you can get perhaps the best hot chocolate on offer in the city.

So be quick to make your hotel reservation with Hotel Des Artistes in Rometaste the magical Christmas atmosphere in the Eternal City and enjoy an unforgettable time with hotellucci in rome!