If you’re wishing to celebrate Christmas abroad, then Rome is your perfect getaway. With its beautiful Piazzas (public squares) Rome is lit up all through the season, lights and nativity scenes as well as plenty of festive markets fill the city. For those of a religious nature, Vatican City is the home of the Catholic Church and both the 24th and 25th December give you an opportunity to see the Pope. The Italian capital doesn’t completely shut down either, as such you can still embrace all that Rome has to offer without the summer crowds.
Ciampino and Fiumicino (aka Leonardo da Vinci International Airport) are the nearest airports to Rome and you can take a train directly to Termini Station. While you require tickets in advance for Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican, this isn’t the case on Christmas day when Urbi et Orbi takes place at midday. The Market at Piazza Navona also remains open Christmas day from 10am into the evening. Most of the main attractions continue to open as normal from the 26th December, so you can happily carry on with the tourist side to your holiday. The festive season officially comes to an end with the Epiphany celebrations, 6th January.
It may be cold during winter in Rome, but it is still recommended to book accommodation early if you’re looking to spend the festive period in the capital. Arrive in plenty of time if you wish to see the Pope on Christmas Day, or apply for tickets at least three months in advance if you want to attend Christmas Eve Mass. There are always lots of family friendly events, plus the main squares will have festive lights, trees and nativity scenes on display. Book online for any attractions such as those in ancient Rome. If you’re staying until 6th January celebrate the 12th day of Christmas with the family at La Befana.
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Whilst you may be limited on Christmas Day itself, during your visit take a trip to Ancient Rome with the Colosseum and the ruins of the Roman Forum. Vatican City hosts the most popular religious ceremonies, but is also worth seeing for St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Walking tours are also a great way to explore the city.
To find out more about Christmas in Rome, check the Vatican City website, or search online for details regarding the markets at Piazza Navona and La Befana, as well as the prices and opening times for any local attractions.
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