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Christmas in Rome

by Cashana

We are a family traveling to Rome in December. We will be there on December 25 and December 26, which I think are national holidays. Can anyone offer some suggestions as to what tourist sites might be open or what we might do on those two days? Are all the restaurants closed?

Re: Christmas in Rome

by esnupi

Yes, 25/26 dec are national holidays in Rome. 25 december all museums and shops are closed, on 26 december almost all museums and shops are closed. The Colloseum is open on 26 december.
On both days of course all the free sites are open: Pantheon, churches, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza Navona (it has a market on the square). Churches are open 25/26 of course, since it is Christmas! Keep in mind that the city will be extremly crowded during Christmas. A fair deal of restaurants will be closed during christmas period, but some might profit from the large amount of tourists that come to town. Italians traditionally start their Christmascelebration with a family meal on the night of 24 december.

Re: Christmas in Rome

by ffffffra

Hi

most of the museums (Galleria Borghese, Barberini Palace, Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo etc) and archeologiacl sites (COlosseo and Foro Romano) are open on the 26th.
You can spend the 25th going around the city centre to visit squares & fountains and then keep the 26th to visit a museum or take one of the many touristic bus that stop in the main touristic points of the city

ENJOY!
ciao
Francesca

Re: Christmas in Rome

by Cashana

Thanks. We also heard that Pompei is open, so we are thinking of doing that on the 26th. We are thinking of taking the train there and then finding a guide or tour - any suggestions?

Re: Christmas in Rome

by Cashana

Thanks. I wasn't sure about the museums, so I appreciate the tip. How about local bus service?

Re: Christmas in Rome

by Cashana

By the way, you mention a market at Plaza Navona (?) - do you mean there would be a market open on December 26? What type of market? That sounds like fun.

Re: Christmas in Rome

by ffffffra

About pompei..when you get off the train people might tell you absolutely need a cab to get to the entrance of the archeological site and then they charge you a lot...so negotiate the price before (7/max 10 euro could be fair for you and for the taxi driver)or go walking. (I do not remember exactly how long it took me but it was not too far).

About the guide: make sure you get an official guide. Ask the ticket office if they arrange for guided tours. Do not trust the people offering you guided tour at the entrance. They are not dangerous but they are not real guides...

have fun

Ciao
Francesca

Re: Christmas in Rome

by esnupi

At Piazza Navona there is an annual Christmas market (till la Befana, on january 6th). The square is filled with stalls that offer Christmas gifts and tasty seasonal sweets such as biscotti, torrone and panettone. I believe even Santa Claus puts in an appearance and children can visit him.

Travel Tips for Rome

Ghetto

by Angelinka

Ghetto: sad for his history but now famous cause it seems time is never spent ...delicouos restaurants around there

triste per la sua storia ma ora famoso perchè sembra che il tempo non sia mai trascorso ...deliziosi ristoranti in zona

Explore the ancient Appian Way

by sniem

Our tour with the Archeobus was a great experience and there was a lot to see, I can really recommend it. The Archeobus tours daily from Piazza Venezia to the Via Appia. It costs around 7 Euro and there is a bilingual guide on the bus. The bus leaves hourly, you can exit at the stops and get on the next bus again to go on with the tour.
These are the stops:

Bocca della Verità
Circo Massimo
Terme di caracalla
Porta S.Sebastiano
Sede Parco Appia Antica
Valle della Caffarella
Catacombe di San Callisto
Catacombe di San Sebastiano
Circo di Massenzio, Cecilia Metella
S.Urbano
Villa dei Quintili
Casal Rotondo
Villa dei Quintili
Acquedotti Romani

We did the tour on a Monday so many of the sights along the way were closed but on the other hand those that were open were pretty empty. We stopped at Catacombs di San Sebastiano and the Aquedotti Romani.
The bus is also allowed to drive on the the part of the via appia which normally closed for traffic and still has the original pavement of the Roman times.
I would recommend booking ahead.

The Piazza Navona at night is...

by Tomoe

The Piazza Navona at night is a wonderful place, plenty of street entertainers, and in December it's full of Christmassy market stalls selling all sorts of tat at cheap prices. If you can't afford a proper night out, wandering around here is the best!
The beauty of the fountains, the warm colours of the old buildings, really funny street entertainers, plenty of cafes and bars to sit and drink a glass of wine and watch the world go by (being watched is what the Romans want, after all) Casual, comfortable, what could be better

Give my love to Ada

by jeffmartinartist about da Alfredo e Ada

In 1999 I was looking for a place to have lunch. Not just any lunch I had traveled from Australia and I was determined to make every taste bud work hard on this four month trip. We were heading from Piazza Navona to the Vatican and were walking down one the smaller streets, Via Banchi Nuovi. We came across a very small restaurant full of locals with not a touristy looking person in sight. We entered the restaurant with a little caution, as it might well have been a private function however we were soon welcomed in and ushered to a table by the most amazing woman. She as it turns out is Ada and she started this establishment with her now deceased husband Alfredo, 342 years ago. Well it might as well have been that long ago, the youngest staff member of the team must be pushing 60. They are all women and boy could they teach the kids of today a thing or two about food and service, not to mention that much overused word HOSPITALITY.

No menu, just what ever they have cooked for the day. Vegetarian is no problem; just let Ada know when you are seated. DO NOT say no to the bruschetta if it is on offer and if it’s your lucky day osso buco might be served. The bill will be written on your paper tablecloth and a self-portrait by Ada is not uncommon. If you order vino bianco keep your eye on where it comes from, it made me laugh. A few homemade biscuits to dip in your wine at the end of your meal is a nice way to finish.

Now I must say it is not the best meal I have ever had, however it is one of the best experiences. This box asks me 'What is your favorite dish from the Restaurant and why"

Ada... because
In 2001 when I told Ada at the end of a meal that we were off to the airport to catch a plane to Melbourne and it was going to take over 24 hours she looked at me with horror, grabbed my water bottle out of my hands and ran off to the kitchen. When she returned it was filled with wine and she had wrapped up enough biscuits to get me home.

Capitoline Hill

by voyagejunkie

The Capitol in Rome is now the headquarters of the Mayor and the Municipality of Rome. To get to the hill you need to climb the Cordonata steps designed by Michelangelo. Once you climb them you reach Piazza del Campidoglio also designed by him for Pope Paul III. The statue is of Marcus Aurelius , an emperor and a philosopher. Michelangelo also designed the two palaces on both sides of the square: Palazzo Nuovo and Palazzo dei Conservatori.

A very famous statue found in the Capitloine Museums is that of The Dying Gaul, a great example of Hellenistic expressions. The museums host many other pieces of great interest - it is a must see!!!

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