Everyone loves a Christmas getaway, but Rome is where you should be heading if you want a truly unique experience. Whether you want a five-star luxury hotel with its own Roman bath, or you’d prefer to soak in the local culture by renting a room off the main square for a fortnight, this is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, where you’re bound to find your perfect little slice of Italy.
If you still need convincing, read on for a few reasons to book your tickets now…
It’s perfect for food
If you’re in search of a culinary adventure, then this is definitely the city for you. While turkey, pigs in blankets and a large scoop of cranberry sauce might be the food you’re used to in the UK, in Rome, they like to be a little different. First of all, you won’t sit down to a three course meal, but a banquet with several courses. The festivities also would not be complete without the traditional fish dish on Christmas eve.
You certainly won’t be able to escape the traditional sweet treats, such as panettone bread, the Veronese, eight-pointed pandoro cake, or torrone, giant slabs of nutty chocolate or nougat. Plus, you can visit the Christmas markets that are simply packed with delicious, homemade delicacies and tasty tipples from the many stands and wooden huts around the streets. You’ll be able to find these in the famous Piazza Navona throughout the whole of December.
There’s so much to see and do
Rome really comes alive at this time of year, and from the spectacular Christmas lights that adorn every street, to the nativity scenes dotted around the city, your eyes will be able to feast on just as much as your stomach.
Romans love to celebrate in style, so you’ll find plenty of events where you can take part and feel like a local during your stay. If you’re heading out there in early December, make sure you don’t miss the Immacolata Concezione, or Immaculate Conception. This sacred Catholic belief is celebrated every year on 8th December, and in Piazza di Spagna, you can join in the festivities and watch as the statue of the Madonna has a wreath placed over her outstretched arm.
If you’re in search of culture, pick up some Rome opera tickets and watch the special Christmas concert. Held in the glorious surroundings of the Baroque church of Sant’Agnese in Agone, in the Piazza Navona, music and visual arts are combined in the most unique way. Of course, if you really want to experience Christmas the Roman way, book your tickets months in advance for the papal midnight mass on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, at St Peter’s.
I hope this article has convinced you that Rome is a beautiful city with a lot to offer you on your Christmas break. Are you heading out there this winter? Let me know your plans by leaving a comment in the section below.