Christmas Market in Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy
08 Dec 2006 – 06 Jan 2007
With no fewer than three famous fountains, the great oval of Piazza Navona, built in the 15th century on the site of a Roman amphitheatre, makes a fine setting for the annual Christmas Market.
Held over the Christmas period and into the New Year, stalls are set out offering gifts and tasty seasonal sweets such as biscotti, torrone (nougat with almonds and honey) and panettone (a traditional Italian seasonal cake). Santa Claus puts in an appearance and children can visit him in his grotto. He has a rival in the shape and form of Befana, a good witch, who doles out presents to well-behaved children. A holiday atmosphere pervades the old square which, with its many restaurants and cafes, is always abuzz with activity no matter what time of the year it is.
Where? Piazza Navona, Centro Storico, west of Corso Rinascimento, north of Corso Vittorio Emanuelle
Getting There > Bus: 119 stops close to the Piazza Navona
How Much? Free
For More Information > Rome Tourist Board, Via Parigi 11, Rome 00185, Italy
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