So you’ve planned your vigilia, Christmas eve, with a whopping feast in a posh ristorante or traditional trattoria. You’ve organized Santa to scale the palazzo walls for Christmas day. What’s on the agenda for the 26th?
In Italy, December 26 is the feast of Santo Stefano, an official holiday and day off for everyone including businesses. What to do? The only answer is to follow the age-old adage: When In Rome, do as the Romans do. . . . and go ice skating. This year, NileGuide has found Rome’s top five ice skating rinks in postcard perfect settings in and around the Eternal City.
#4 San Giovanni: The Ice Park at Piazzale Re di Roma is a traditional favorite. The smallish outdoor rink takes up most of the piazza, and is surrounded by vendors selling holiday tchotchkes and hot chocolate. 2pm to midnight weekdays, 10am to midnight Saturdays and Sundays.
#5 Under Cover in Flaminio: adjacent to Piazza Mancini, HQ for Tram 2, is Axel, Rome’s newest indoor ice skating rink and the perfect solution for a raining holiday. From 10am until midnight. Look for the large, inflatable penguin.
Ice skating costs can range from 5 to 15 euro, and often include skate rental. Make sure to bring contanti (cash) for rentals, entrances and food or gifties you may need to buy.