Rome at Christmas, 3 things to do

Rome is a really fascinating city, but during the Christmas holidays it becomes even magical. The city lights up and you can breathe a very special atmosphere. You can feel something different in the air. But what to do in the Eternal City at Christmas? Here is our top three!

Visit Christmas Markets in Rome

Decorations, sweets of all kinds – including nougats and candies- toys and many gift ideas: a visit to Christmas markets is a must. The most famous one is definitely in Piazza Navona, which this year returns traditionally from 2 December to 6 January after a few years of absence, where you can also find music and children’s rides. But it is not the only one: there is also a Christmas market in Piazza Re di  Roma, in the San Giovanni district and in the Auditorium of Rome. In the Castle of Lunghezza, a few miles from Rome, there is Santa Claus waiting for all the children.

Have a walk in the historic center of Rome

A beautiful Christmas tree and a wonderful crib make St. Peter’s Square even more impressive. But also Piazza Venezia and the Spanish Steps host two different Christmas trees every year. What about the fully illuminated via del Corso and all the well-groomed boutiques in via Condotti? Strolling in the historic center of Rome becomes a real experience and even shopping is more enjoyable: all the shops extend their opening hours (and then they close on 25 and 26 December).

Credits: @donatelladanzi-Instagram

Try the Roman Christmas traditions

December 24th and 25th are days dedicated to the family. On Christmas Eve you eat fish, while the Christmas Day is dedicated to delicious dishes such as lasagna, baked oak or fried potatoes, Roman artichokes and, of course, nougats, panettone and pandoro! Restaurants offer traditional dishes or re-interpreted ones, but the Christmas atmosphere remains intact: it is a beloved holiday in Rome as well as in Italy and you can notice it on the table!

Spending Christmas in Rome is an adventure full of beauty, events and traditional dishes: an experience to try!

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Save the School Exhibition in Rome, a dream come true

Black Friday is now just 2 days away, however what we focus on are not discounts and promotions, but our awesome “Save the school Exhibition” (in Italian “Sogni a colori”). We have believed in this project and now (almost) everything is ready for the opening. The exhibition will be hosted at Medina Roma from 24 November through 7 December.

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The Exhibition

“Save The school Exhibition in Rome” will bring together twenty paintings created by children living in extreme poverty in the remote areas of Hungary, mentored by the Real Pearl Foundation. They are great canvases, created with passion by these children who are fighting to build a better future.

We’d like to raise awereness of the international community about the problems these children are facing as well as to promote the fundraising for educational activities of the 2017-2018 school year, for which the Real Pearl Foundation has not received the expected statal funds.

Moreover, we would like to promote change through art and education, and fight the vicious circle of indigence and criminality which can unfortunately afflict them. These families often live in homes without window fixtures, electricity or heating; children are ghettoized at school and their existence seems to be marked by a destiny common to all their family members. School segregation is in fact a phenomenon in many European countries, which the Council of Europe is trying to combat by inviting Member States to work in favor of inclusive education.

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The Foundation

The Real Pearl Foundation is a Hungarian non-governmental organisation with the mission to develop the communities. They have been working on the challenges of integration and development since 1999. They provide elementary art education in 6 towns reaching 23 villages for a total 670 children of which 70% is underprivileged, 250 children come from deep poverty.

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Help us!

This exhibition has been achieved thanks to the fundraising campaign on the GoFundMe platform and the cooperation of Lauren Lombardo, artist and promoter of “Paint & Wine” events.

If you want to help us, you can do one (or more) of these things:

Mona Lisa Paint Party Benefit, for adults

Christmas Painting Party Benefit, for children

Give yourself  a fabulous present for Christmas, help these children believe that improvement and change are possible.

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What to do on a rainy day in Rome

Rome has a pretty mild climate and it’s gorgeous in every season. But sometimes you can encounter bad weather and rain. This is not a problem, because there are plenty of great things in the Eternal City to see and visit on rainy days. Find them out!

  • Museums

Visit a museum! Even if it’s raining, you stay dry and warm, spending a lovely time discovering masterpieces. You are spoiled for choice, because Rome has many interesting museums. If you’d like to learn something about the Roman history, you can go to the Capitoline Museums. If you prefer contemporary art, there’s the Maxxi Museum or the Galleria Nazionale for Modern Art. Otherwise, if you are lucky, you have already purchased tickets for the Vatican Museums or the Borghese Gallery.

The Borghese Gallery

  • Pantheon

This is one of the best places to go on a rainy day in Rome. You can witness drops of rain entering the famous oculus at the top of the dome and then magically draining away: they don’t get the marble floor soaking wet. Now the Patheon is free, but visitors will have to pay to enter it by early next year.

  • Churches

Head to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, which is one of the most beautiful churches in the Eternal City, or to Santa Maria di Montesano and Santa Maria dei Miracoli, “the twin churches” in Piazza del Popolo. There are a lot of churches, even smaller and hidden ones, that you can visit in Rome. St. Peter’s Basilica will be probably crowded, but there’s no harm in trying.

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  • Catacombs

Get underground and escape the rain! Discover the catacombs in Rome, full of mystery and history. Read our post about the most famous ones and get ready, they are really special places.

  • Coffee (or aperitivo)

Go inside a lovely cafè or bar, have a cappuccino in the morning or a good aperitivo in the late afternoon. Rome is also the habits of all the people who live there and Romans (as Italians in general) love sitting and having something to drink. You can find many nice bars especially close to Piazza Navona or in Trastevere neighborhood.

There’s always something to do on a rainy day in Rome and its sunsets with post-rain skies are simply breathtaking.

Credits @Bendeckalejandro-Instagram

Street food a Roma, esperienze all’insegna del gusto

Amatriciana, Cacio e pepe, carbonara, coda alla vaccinara. Alzi la mano chi non si è mai concesso un pranzo o una cena in un’osteria o ristorante romano, per provare uno dei piatti della famosa tradizione culinaria della città. Roma però offre ancora di più: lo street food è ormai realtà consolidata e un ottimo compromesso se non si vuole perdere assolutamente nulla della Città Eterna. Perchè per assaporarla fino in fondo ci sono anche validissime soluzioni mordi e fuggi: ecco le nostre preferite!

ANTICO FORNO ROSCIOLI (via dei Chiavari 34)

Pane, panini e pizza, ma anche cornetti, dolci e biscotti. L’Antico Forno Roscioli, a dua passi da Campo De’ Fiori,  è un vero e proprio paradiso per tutti coloro che non disdegnano affatto una pausa pranzo o merenda all’insegna di prelibatezze, semplici o più elaborate, tipiche dei forni della tradizione. Frequentato sia da turisti che da romani, è da segnare in agenda.

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TRAPIZZINO (Piazzale Ponte Milvio 13- via Giovanni Branca 88-piazza Trilussa 46)

Un angolo di pizza chiuso tra due lati e ripieno di ricette della tradizione culinaria romana e italiana. Carciofi, ceci e baccalà, polpo al sugo, pollo alla cacciatora, parmigiana di melanzane (solo per citare alcuni gusti): una delizia che si può mangiare anche in piedi, magari prima di una romantica passeggiata su Ponte Milvio. Un prodotto nato a Roma grazie allo chef Stefano Callegari, che sta conquistando anche New York.

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DAR FILETTARO A SANTA BARBARA ( Largo dei Librari 88)

Affacciato in un suggestivo angolo su via dei Giubbonari, quella che da Largo Arenula porta a Campo De’ Fiori, il famoso filetto di baccalà fritto è anche take away. Nel menù piatti tipicamente romani come puntarelle, pane burro e alici, zucchine fritte. Insomma, uno di quei posti da raccontare agli amici (e da cui tornare ogni volta che si è a Roma).

ER BUCHETTO ( Via del Viminale 2F)

La “porchetta più buona di Roma”, pane, salumi e un bel bicchiere di vino rosso. Si respira aria di Castelli romani in questo locale storico, situato nei pressi della stazione Termini. Podotti locali unici in un ambiente familiare e caratteristico. Preparatevi a sporcarvi le mani e a esserne pienamente soddisfatti.

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SISINI (piazza Re di Roma 20- via San Francesco a Ripa137)

Qui il supplì è di casa (e si vocifera sia anche il migliore della città). Non è possibile tornare a casa senza averlo assaggiato. Panatura croccante, riso al sugo e un cuore di mozzarella filante: come resistere? E per “contorno” si possono provare altre specialità, come la pizza o vari tipi di fritti (che a Roma sono un must).

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PASTICCERIA REGOLI (via dello Statuto 60)

Non si poteva non chiudere questa carrellata di delizie di street food con un famosissimo dolce romano: il maritozzo con la panna. Il migliore lo si può gustare in questa storica pasticceria artigianale, situata nei pressi di piazza Vittorio, dove si possono scegliere anche tante altre specialità.