Christmas and New Year holidays are coming. Profit from car-free Sundays in various parts of the historical center, and discover every beauty of Rome.
Christmas is approaching with long afternoons and streets filled with tourists (and residents), who will walk, shop, and enjoy aperitifs in the heart of Rome’s beauty.
In particular, for the people staying in Rome during all the Christmas holidays, there are great possibilities to create a simple self-planned itinerary; a way that, without renouncing small gastronomic or relaxing pit-stops, enables the Eternal City, dressed up for the festivities, to offer to everybody the best show.
First of all, as residents of Rome, we suggest marking your calendar the dates indicated by Rome’s municipality website (Tourism page) for Rome’s “Ecologic Sundays”. In fact, they established four weeks in which in all the “green area”, circulation of vehicles are forbidden to avoid or minimize pollution.
The dates chosen by “Roma Capitale” are the 16 of November (already passed), the 28th of December, the 22nd of February and the 15th of March 2015.
Furthermore, thanks to the restoration carried out last September, today tourists can admire the beauty of the “Barcaccia” in Spagna Square.
Don’t know what the “Barcaccia” is? Well, it is the fountain situated at the foot of Trinità de’ Monti, and its name is due to the particular shape recalling the agile small boats that ascend the Tiber directed to Porto Ripetta.
Commissioned by Pope Urbano VII Barberini and situated at lower level than the square, the fountain, made entirely with travertine, was built by Pietro Bernini in the Triennium (1626-1629); some believe that his son Gian Lorenzo also contributed to this work as well as Battista Bancozzi.
After almost one year of work (started on the 24th October 2013) at a cost of €210,000, today the famous fountain, after maintenance intervention, shows the visitors its original white colour. At that time in fact, the degrading status of the monument induced the Rome Cultural Direction to include the restoration of the Barcaccia within the priority interventions.
In the next days, the Christmas holidays approaching, we shall be glad to offer you other small suggestions to allow you to enjoy Rome with more enthusiasm!
Article by Samir Hassan
(Edited by Diedré Blake)
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