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Date: 2013-11-30 13:54:18

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The headliner this year will be Claudio Baglione, a famous Roman singer, and the concert starts at 10pm. (There will be a pause at midnight for the countdown, followed by fireworks). It's free, but arrive early to make sure you have a seat! - See more at: http://www.revealedrome.com/2010/12/on-new-years-eve-three-free-concerts-in-rome-capodanno.html#sthash.bt3rfK9R.dpuf

When visiting Rome during the Christmas and New years period there are a number of things to consider. Christmas time in Rome can be a very busy period and Hotel prices are higher than the average low season prices. For the New Years you can usually expect to pay a premium, so be sure to book early to find the best offers and to guarantee you find accomodation.

Rome during the xmas period lit up in all its glory of lights and festivities can be a magical sight. You can take a trip down to the Vatican where you will find the Nativity scene set up in St Peter's Square or at the Colosseum with its huge xmas tree, in Piazza Venezia a different type of Nativity scene set in lights in the centre of the square then turn around from Piazza Venezia to see the long stretch of Via Del Corso in the colours of Italy. The christmas lights of rome are delicately set up with style in a way only Italy knows how!

The christmas season offically begins on December the 8th with the Immaculate Conception and finishes on the 6th January with the Epiphany.

Over the Christmas period is a great opportunity for followers of the Catholic Church to come to Rome and even get the chance to see the Pope. There will be the special Christmas Eve Mass at St Peter's which begins at 10pm. You can take part in the mass in St Peter's square with the large screens showing live coverage of the mass inside the Basilica or if you are lucky enough to obtain a ticket. For the Christmas mass you will need to book quite a few months in advance as demand is high you can apply for the tickets on the following link http://www.papalaudience.org/easter-christmas-tickets

In December Piazza Navona, Rome's famous Baroque square, is transformed into a huge Christmas market. You'll find stands selling all kinds of Christmas sweets, toys, nativity figures, decorations, and gifts. There's a merry-go-round and Babbo Natale, Father Christmas, makes an appearance to delight the kids. A large nativity scene is erected in the square later in December, too. The smell of roasted chestnuts fills the air, and you are sure to find chocolate nuggets and Italian pastries aswell as many street artists and magicians performing.
Around Rome Tours - Christmas Market - Piazza Navona
The major tourist attractions are mainly open over the period. The Vatican Museums close on the 25,26th Dec they close early on New Years eve so be sure to book an early morning tour for that day and then they remain closed on New Years day and also for the Epiphany on the 6th. The Colosseum closes only on the 25th December.

For vistors who love to take in the hisory and culture of the city why not try this full day Christmas tour which includes a visit to the Vatican Museums, St Peters and a walking tour around the city finishing off in Piazza Navona at the Christmas markets. You can have a look on the following link http://www.aroundrometours.com/rome-christmas-tour-tours-140-IDL1.htm

Around Rome Tours - Panettone and SpumanteUsually over Christmas some restaurants will close but you will always find something open. You should ask your hotel as they should know the places that will be open, but expect to pay more for the christmas and new years menu's. Typically famous here in Italy for the Christmas period is the Panettone which originates from Milan but is now eaten throughout Italy and is a large sweet bread loaf and is often given as a gift along with a bottle of Spumante a sweet sparkling white wine.

 

For a nice Christmas Eve meal near the Vatican you can try "Da Aldo" a stylish restaurant with excellent fresh fish and a perfect choice for the Roman Christmas http://www.aldoaimuseivaticani.com/

 

Around Rome Tours - NYE 2014  - ColosseumFor New Years Eve in Rome the traditional celebrations take place in Piazza Del Popolo with large crowds for music festivals and Fireworks otherwise at the Colosseum you can usually find more of the same with this years concert offering a trio of famous italian female singers “Emma Marrone, Nina Zilli, Giorgia” and the concert starts at 10pm. (There will be a pause at midnight for the countdown, followed by fireworks). It's free, but arrive early to make sure you have a seat!

 

Christmas and New Years in Rome is a wonderful time to visit Italy's Capital. Just remember to bring a nice big coat as it can be quite chilly, have your umbrella with you and a big appetite to try all the delights on offer over this period. So come and enjoy!

 

The headliner this year will be Claudio Baglione, a famous Roman singer, and the concert starts at 10pm. (There will be a pause at midnight for the countdown, followed by fireworks). It's free, but arrive early to make sure you have a seat! - See more at: http://www.revealedrome.com/2010/12/on-new-years-eve-three-free-concerts-in-rome-capodanno.html#sthash.EU12EpL6.dpuf
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