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Christmas 2013: between tradition and innovation

Altare della Patria
Christmas tree at Venice square


During Christmas time, Rome has always offered to its citizens and tourists characteristic and charming illuminations, trees and decorations that create a magic atmosphere and highlight holidays spirit. Even more if they are installed in the old town centre, where lights and colours enhance its fascination, creating an incredible alchemy. There is nothing more beautiful than walk through the inner city streets immersed into vivid lights and colours.
This year Rome has many things in store for you, let’s talk about the news of this Christmas:
The first one is the coloured rainbow that will wrap Via del Corso.


Christmas tree in Rome
Christmas tree: between tradition and innovation


The six stripes that from red will turn to purple, the symbol of the traditional “rainbow flag”, as an act against homophobia, will compose the bright carpet of 1 and half kilometers that from Piazza Venezia will reach Piazza del Popolo. In Merulana Street instead will be some maxi butterflies, while in Piazza Venezia, Piazza San Silvestro and Trinità de’ Monti will stand out the usual Christmas fir-tree.
This year the center of Christianity, Piazza San Pietro, will show a Christmas tree that comes from Bavaria. It will be 75 feets tall with a weight of 7,2 tonnes and will be set in Vatican aside other 60 smaller trees.


red lanternes
china community rome


Another big news of this Christmas is about the initiatives of the shop keepers and the municipal administrators of Esquilino area. This area infact is in ferment because the multiethnic neighborhood par excellence for the first time will be adorned with bright stars, sparkling strings and red lanternes. Piazza di Spagna and Via Condotti introduce a big news. This year in these important streets will be installed a welcome area for “shopping addicted”, so that tourists and romans could leave their shopping bags to continue walking through the hearth of the city or to reserve a taxi to come back to their acomodations.