The Ultimate Holiday: Christmas in Rome

Pulpit of St. Peter's Basilica

The heart of Christendom – the pulpit of St. Peter’s Basilica. Photo by Sean.

‘Tis the season to make plans for the holidays.

But before you book another trip to Mom and Dad’s, take a moment. Don’t those traditional holidays sometimes feel a little… uninspired? 

What if this year you did something a little different? What if you considered a different sort of classic Christmas?

A Classic Christmas Destination

Rome is a city of culture, iconic art, and religious history. With twinkling lights strung across the streets and lively Christmas markets full of unique gifts, the Eternal City is truly a classic Christmas destination.


Christmas lights strung in ribbons delight seasonal shoppers in Rome. Photo by Nina Szasz

You get Christmas markets selling everything you can imagine – fashionable Italian scarves, gleaming Christmas ornaments, and sweets of every flavor. Candy eggs in Rome

Sweets of every flavor – even egg! – can be found in Rome’s open-air markets. Photo by Amanda Graeff.

And it wouldn’t be Italy without tiny cups of strong, aromatic espresso. Espresso and croissants in Rome

Espresso at the Hotel Exedra’s cafe. Photo by Fascias

If the weather is chilly, you have thousands of churches and cathedrals to step inside for a truly religious experience. St. Peter's Basilica, by Tonette Pineda

Light streams through the windows of St. Peter’s Basilica. Photo by Tonette Pineda

Everywhere you turn in Rome, you’ll find stunning religious art. The Pieta by Michelangelo

The Pietà by Michelangelo, located in the Vatican museum. Photo by William Jones

And before you end this magical Christmas holiday, don’t forget to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, to ensure you’ll return to this beautiful city. Trevi Fountain

Tradition holds that if you toss a coin into Trevi Fountain, you’ll return to Rome. Photo by Michael Boro.

Feeling more inspired for that Christmas travel? Dig deeper with the Christmas in Rome Wish List. Maybe this year is the year to make that wish come true. (If you don’t want to invite the family, we’ll never tell.)