Celebrating Christmas 2022 in the Eternal City.
The Christmas season in Rome is a particularly festive experience thanks to street lights, rich traditions and Nativity scenes in churches around the Italian capital.
There are Christmas lights along the length of the central Via del Corso as well as on Via dei Condotti, the exclusive shopping street near Piazza di Spagna.
There are also Christmas tree installations at Largo Goldoni, Piazza S. Lorenzo in Lucina and at the Spanish Steps. This year's tree outside city hall in Piazza Campidoglio will be lit with pedal power.
Rome has plenty of Christmas markets over the festive period, including a return of the Befana market in Piazza Navona, with several Christmas villages equipped with carousels, ice-skating rinks and puppet shows for kids.
Some of the main cultural events in Rome this Christmas include the Van Gogh exhibition at Palazzo Bonaparte, the musical Cats at Teatro Sistina, the S. Cecilia Concerto di Natale, the Roma Gospel Festival at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, and the enchanting pathways of lights at the Botanic Garden in Trastevere.
The capital's public transport services follow a reduced timetable on Christmas Day, with all buses, trams and subways completely free on 18 and 24 December to facilitate shopping in the city centre.
Those planning to dine in Rome restaurants over the festive period are advised to book well in advance due to high demand.
Cover image: Via dei Condotti, Rome, December 2022. Photo Wanted in Rome.
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