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One of the Christmas Market's in RomeThe city of Rome is always alive, not just in the summer but also in the winter, and especially during the colder months of December and January. During Christmas Eve and before the epiphany, there is a special feel in the air: the buildings and the monuments seem to come to life with festive lights everywhere, the streets change and become fun and full of happiness. Everywhere you can see lights and decorations.

Many markets in these coloured streets and squares are ready to grant you every wish and also give you some inspiration for last minute gifts.

One of Rome’s oldest and most famous Christmas markets is in Piazza Navona.The great Piazza Navona Christmas Market

This elegant piazza is one of the most important places in the centre of Rome with its beautiful fountain and important works of Bernini and Borromini. There are many stalls across the square. Many are full of sweet treats, chocolate, and slabs of torrone. The scent of roasting chestnuts hangs in the air.

There are also stalls crammed with toys, crafts and a host of seasonal goods. But the historic speciality in piazza Navona is hand-crafted figures used to compose nativity scenes.

These markets open on December 1 and run until January 6 (the feast of the Epiphany, when Italians, especially Italian children, celebrate the arrival of “La Befana” – an old witch who flies on a broomstick delivering chocolates and oranges to children).

But spending Christmas in Rome also means walking through the streets of the festively decorated centre: the historic alleys and shopping streets are illuminated by Christmas lights and the big squares in the center are filled with tourists and Romans who stroll or relax in search of gifts. Via del Corso, Via del Tritone, Piazza di Spagna, and Via Nazionale, are just some of the places where you can find shops and enjoy yourself.

So if you decide to come to Rome for a holiday, you can stay at Yes hotel, where we’re only too happy to give you the best shopping tips.