Not many people know this, but the carnival was born…
Beetween and during the days before Christmas and the Epiphany, in Rome there is a special feel in the air: The monuments seem to come to life with festive lights everywhere, the streets change and become fun and full of happiness. Everywhere it’s possible to see lights and decorations.
In many streets and squares of Rome it’s possible to find markets to satisfy every wish and also to give the right inspiration for Christmas gifts.
One of Rome’s oldest and most famous Christmas markets is in Piazza Navona, the great Piazza Navona Christmas Market
This square is one of the most important places in the center of Rome with its beautiful fountain and important works of Bernini and Borromini. There are many stalls across the square, full of sweet treats, chocolate, and slabs of torrone and also full of toys, crafts and a host of seasonal goods.
But the historic speciality in piazza Navona is hand-crafted figures used to compose nativity scenes.
From December 6, 2014 until January 6, 2015 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, “Christmas at the Auditorium” with shows, ice rinks, exhibitions and concerts in full Christmas Style. And the inevitable stalls full of treats and decorations.
These markets open on last week end of November and run until January 6 (the feast of the Epiphany, when Italians, especially Italian children, celebrate the arrival of “La Befana” – an old witch who flies on a broomstick delivering chocolates and oranges to children).
But spending Christmas in Rome also means walking through the streets of the festively decorated centre: the historic alleys and shopping streets are illuminated by Christmas lights and the big squares in the center are filled with tourists and Romans who stroll or relax in search of gifts. Via del Corso, Via del Tritone, Piazza di Spagna, and Via Nazionale, are just some of the places where you can find shops and enjoy yourself.
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Where: Piazza Navona e Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma