Rome, Italy: Lights, Camera…Natale!

It is my humble opinion that there is NO bad time to come to Rome, however, on the top of my list for visiting the Eternal City is at Christmas time!  Lit-up on December 8, La Festa dell’Immacolata Concezione (the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception) and left illuminating until la Epifania (Epiphany – January 6), the Italian capital takes Christmas décor very seriously…and to dazzling new heights:  Rome is “switched on” for the Holidays!

My advice: Put on your best walking shoes and drink a couple of strong cups of espresso for caffeine-loading, then head out into the historic center for lo spettacolo di luci (light show).  From Trastevere, St. Peter’s Square, Piazza del Popolo, The Spanish Steps, Piazza Venezia, to the Coliseum and every little lane and alleyway in between – all you really have to do is look up.

Buone Feste da Roma (Happy Holidays from Rome)!


Photographs by Eyalos and Toni DeBella

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Freelance writer, Toni DeBella is originally from San Francisco and now lives in Orvieto, Italy. She writes about her adventures on her blog, Orvieto or Bust (; a collection of stories and articles based on her experiences of Italy, travel and life in a small hill town in Umbria.