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Christmas in Rome: 5 things we love

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1.- The Pincio Christmas tree
Il Pincio, the terrace overlooking the city from Piazza del Popolom  is one of our favorite spots in Rome, and with a huge Cristmas tree it becomes a memorable postcard to send home.

2.- The Piazza Navona Christmas Market

Candy, puppets, a merry-go-round. No matter where you come from, this little market will bring back all the Christmas memories from you childhood.

3.- The Christmas scene at the Vatican

Italy takes pride on its nativity scenes, and the most important in Rome is the one that the Holy See sets at Saint Peter’s square

4.- Panettone and Pandoro

For us this is more reliable than most personality tests. There’s no middle ground:you are either a Panettone person or a Pandoro person. These are 2 types of bread commonly associated with Christmas: Panettone  contains candied orange, citron, and lemon zest;: Pandoro does not contain candied fruits but is covered with deliclious  vanilla-scented icing sugar.

5.- Roasted chestnuts street vendors

We don’t like chesnuts but we love to see the vendors on the street. Winter wouldn’t be the same without them.

If you are planning to spend Christmas in Rome, you best option for accomodation are Yes Hotel and Hotel Des Artistes. Just check our websites or send us a line to get the best rate available.

Villa of The Quintilii

villaquintiliiromeVilla Quintilii, located in the Appia Antica surrounding, was constructed in 151 AD by Sextus Quintilius Maximus and Sextus Quintilius Condianus, who were successfull consuls in the 2nd century. Nevertheless, the earliest construction of the villa dates back to the Hadrian rule.

The end of the once influential consul brothers was so sad. It is said, Emperor Commodus so coveted the villa, may be due its location or magnificence, and killed (182 AD) the Quintilii bros and automatically became the heir.

Villa Quintilii was discoverded in 1776 by Gavin Hamilton, in what the locals commonly call  Roma Vecchia for after the villa was first excavated, it looked like a small city in itself. This houses extensive thermae with its own water supply system and amazingly a horse race course (dating to the fourth century).

Now, the villa (a state property since 1989) has a museum that houses the marbles and other materials which were used to adorn the villa. In 1784 the villa has to it added a terrace, which give a good view of the Castelli Romani.



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