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The atmosphere and the magic of Rome at Christmas blend together, making the eternal city more unique than ever.
Rome offers many cultural and traditional proposals: Christmas markets and shopping, shows, concerts, art exhibitions, all opportunities to spend pleasent days in the magical atmosphere of Christmas.
Visit St. Peter’s Square
In the year of Jubilee, visit St. Peter’s Square is one thing to do and not to be missed. This year the special Christmas tree is a spruce of 32 meters donated by Bavaria with its colorful balls of clay, made by children hospitalized with cancer.
The nativity plays quaint rural houses Trentino and consists of 24 life-size figures, carved in wood and painted, and has two main groups: the Nativity with Mary, Joseph and the baby in the middle of the scene and the three Magi coming to the adoration, while they complete the set some characters with clothing typical of the countries of the Trentino Dolomite half century.
Visit the Christmas cribs
To breathe the best atmosphere of Christmas is not better way to visit the nativity scenes in many churches of Rome, but also in the “Exhibition of 100 Christmas Cribs” at the Sale del Bramante in Piazza del Popolo, where will be exposed about 200 Christmas cribs made by artists from all over the world.
Shopping in the center of Rome and in the Christmas markets
For those who love to shop and make gifts can not miss a stroll through the downtown streets as Via Condotti, Via del Corso, the Spanish Steps, as well as Via Cola di Rienzo in the elegant Prati district. Walking these streets during the Christmas period is very impressive with all the ways decorated and illuminated.
In the streets of the historical center, among the shops of more tendence, with its Made in Italy known and appreciated all over the world there are shops like Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, the famous Atelier Fontana sisters, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferre and many others, with their beautiful windows decorated for Christmas. Also can not miss the Christmas markets, among which the most important is to Piazza Navona which this year returns renewed after missing last year, but there are others, not so famous but alternative and interesting.
In Rome, as in Paris and in New York there are beautiful ice sketing rinks for adults and children across all the city.
One of the most famous and popular is the one that is set up at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. The ice rink is 600 square meters and is open to all, where it’s possible to skate to the rhythm of music.
Always in the central area, in Testaccio, there is the “Testaccio on Ice” in the “Città Altra Economia” where every day from 11am to 8pm and in the wee-ends up to 10pm is’ possible to skate and have fun with friends and family.
In the Eur neighborhood there is the novelty of the Ice Park Eur with the “Track Ice Christmas” in Piazza JF Kennedy in front of the Palazzo dei Congressi, where you can skate all weekend until January 10.
A little further out of town we find the “Kingdom of Ice” at the Parco Leonardo shopping center, in the Portuense area, with a “Christmas Village” with skating, dining, music and entertainment as well as at the shopping center Porta di Roma in North area where the ice rink will be open from Monday to Friday from 3pm to 10pm and Sundays from 10am to 10pm.