Few days ago Brian, my friend from Stylexplorers, suggested me to prepare a ‘Top Ten’ for a Christmas in Rome. Not so easy to do, as Ihad to choose from different events, exhibitions, concerts, an so on.
This is not an ‘exhaustive’ list of all the events, I tried to mix different ideas for different tastes!
10 ideas for a Christmas in Rome: style and tradition
1. On Christmas time, you can’t miss the traditional Christmas Tree and the Nativity scene in Piazza San Pietro. Best after sunset, when everything lights up!
2. Strolling in Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori, and visit the stylish boutiques at via del Governo Vecchio.
3. There is a unique, important exhibition at Scuderie del Quirinale: Giovanni Bellini, one of the best painter of 15th century – http://english.scuderiequirinale.it/canale.asp?id=756
4 . A special concert in an unusual place for tourists: the unknown outskirts of Rome. If you are interested in visiting the ‘other side’ of Rome, you’ll have a great chance on December 22nd, when the Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballè will held a concert inside Santa Maria Madre del Redentore church, in the outskirts Tor Bella Monaca. – http://www.fogliarini.it/Santa_Maria_Madre_del_Redentore.htm
5. Nativity concert: on December 24th, in the suggestive location of Piazza di Spagna, a gospel concert by Earnet Pugh and the Assembly Washington DC
6. A fashion shopping tour and a pleasant ‘salon’: after a shopping tour in the best Italian boutiques, visiting via Borgognona, via Condotti and all around Piazza di Spagna, stop for a rest at Ciampini Caffè in Piazza in Lucina. You can choose between a ‘tartufo’ cake or a ‘cassata’ or many other different gluttonies!
After this rest, just in front of Ciampini’ you can spend some time at ‘Profumeria Materozzoli’, one of the most ancient perfume’s boutique in Rome, where it’s possible to buy hard-to-find scents from Italy, France, and Britain. – http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/europe/italy/rome/attraction-detail.html?vid=1154654669389 – http://www.ciampini.net/
7. If you’d like to buy some traditional sweets from one the best chocolatier, you can go to ‘Moriondo e Gariglio’, not far from Pantheon. Traditional ‘torrone’ chocolate Christamas trees, pralines …. http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/europe/italy/rome/attraction-detail.html?vid=1154654669385
8. Taste the world: food, music, and entertainment in the multicultural Piazza Vittorio: on Dec 18th India and Bangladesh, on Dec 20th Arabian world, on Dec 21st food from Italy, on Dec 26th everything from China
9. Christmas Ice skating: if you like ice skating, you’ll find a beautiful rink at the Auditorium designed by the ‘archistar’ Renzo Piano. Until the end of January. At the same place, there is also a nice Christmas market, and an intensive concerts program. www.auditorium.com
Last but not the least … Celebrate the New Year’s Eve with hundreds of people in front of Colosseum, close to Fori Imperiali. Free live music and dance with big concert of Italian popstars (Gianna Nannini and Baustelle)
Enjoy your stay!