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Living in Rome

Christmas in Rome

I find Christmas in Rome very pleasant and relaxing. There is less of the commercial pressure felt in Northern European cities, where it is all about buying and consuming. On Christmas day, most shops and bars are closed but people still stroll around town for their usual walk about. Even on St Peter’s square, where I made a point of going this year out of curiosity, the atmosphere was surprisingly relaxed. I expected it to be overcrowded  and tense instead.

A little oddity in Rome around Christmas time: many shops lay out a red carpet on the pavement outside their windows. I haven’t seen that anywhere else.


red carpet outside a shop at Christmas time


On a more traditional note, there is also a timeless Christmas tree on the Pincio overlooking piazza del Popolo.


Christmas tree on the Pincio



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This entry was posted on December 26, 2010 by in churches, Daily life in Rome, English and tagged , , , , , , , .
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