Italy is known for its focus on family. Perhaps no other time shines the brightest spotlight on this aspect of Italian culture than the winter holiday season (with Easter coming in a strong second), and particularly Christmas Day.
As such, travelers to Rome will noticed that most (if not all) monuments, museums, and other attractions will be closed for the 25th, and perhaps have already been closed for the duration of the holiday period, i.e. until after the Epiphany.
Still, there is no need to despair.
Whether you are a traveler or resident, there are still ways that you can enjoy Christmas Day. Remember public transportation is still operating, although the schedule and routes may be different for the holiday; and there will be some restaurants open, especially in the Jewish Ghetto. Of course, it is important to plan ahead for both journey and food!
Not wishing to reinvent the wheel, we suggest you check out the video below by travel writer, journalist and BBC editor at large Amanda Ruggeri, owner of Revealed Rome, and also her blog post “Is Anything Open During Christmas and New Year’s in Rome? (Updated for 2014).”
For more specific information on events for the 25th and for the remainder of the holiday season, visit Wanted in Rome and check out their calendar of events (What’s On). The blog Browsing Rome also offers some great suggestions in their post “Things to on Christmas Day in Rome.”
We Wish the Happiest of Holidays!
-Article by Diedré Blake
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