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Italian Christmas Traditions: Piazza Navona Christmas Market 2012

Piazza Navona – the Christmas transformation Every year at the end of November, the caricaturists and painting sellers who usually abound in Rome’s Piazza Navona disappear and the scene transforms into the world famous Christmas market that dominates the piazza for more than a month every year. The Piazza Navona Christmas Market has begun, and for 6 weeks Italian families come from all over Rome and its suburbs to take part in the market festivities. While the market is a hive of activity during the day things really ramp up at night. A visit to the Piazza Navona Christmas Market is a time-honored tradition for many Italian families. Plan your visit to Rome at Christmas and you can join them in discovering the treasures on display in rows of booths along the piazza: Christmas ornaments, toys, decorations, and the traditional nativity scenes known as “presepi” in Italian. Sweet treats at [...]

Enjoying the Sunshine in Piazza Navona

Rome’s Piazza Navona is perhaps the most famous and beautiful among the city’s many piazzas. You will truly enjoy the beautiful Roman sunshine as you walk along this scenic and historic baroque masterpiece. The place is also one of the city’s liveliest places, with its outdoor cafes, elegant restaurants, night clubs and local art market. The Piazza was built on the long ruins of the Stadium of Domitian or Circus Domitianus, where the ancient Romans watched games or agones. Part of the remains of the stadium can be seen when you exit the piazza on the northern part and by turning left. Subsequently, upon the transfer of the city market from Campidoglio the piazza was declared a public space in the latter part of the 15th century. The Piazza holds important architectural and artistic treasure. Right at the piazza’s heart is the Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s 17th century masterpiece the legendary [...]

The Piazza Navona Christmas Market

In December, Rome’s famous Baroque square gets covered with stalls offering all sorts of Christmas ornaments, toys, goodies, decorations, torrone, liquorice and much more. Everything’s a delight especially to kids. Towards the end of December, a large Christmas tree is erected. Be sure to bring enough money especially if you are bringing the kids along. You will never run out of things to buy. This Christmas market runs for the whole month of December until the 6th of January when the Befana arrives. La Befana!!! Well, that would be another story to tell. Enjoy our latest post on the Piazza Navona Christmas Market!