This past Friday night, the Vatican’s Christmas tree was switched ON, meaning it’s now officially time to cheer for your favorite holiday decorations in the Eternal City. I’ve spent the last few weeks researching and compiling a roster of holiday hilights from traditional to abstract so while you are in Rome, soaking in the history around you, make sure to take in the temporary holiday installations too.
2. Traditional: Via dei Banchi Vecchi, side streets of Campo de’ Fiori, may have not only the cutest boutiques and shoplettes for those who like to mix history with wallets, but during the holiday season, the street also retains a quaint charm of years past when Santa did not ride around on a Gucci-designed sleigh.
3. Stately: Piazza Venezia represents the heart of the country and always has a seriously pretty tree for the holidays. Take a look for other interpretations at Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Popolo and Piazza San Pietro (Vatican).
4. Fashion: Le vetrine, store windows, in Rome often have the best display of holiday decorations. I’ve seen edible, 1970s-style nativity scenes and life-sized gingerbread men to cotton candy avalanches suspended in mid-movement. My usual favorites Eleonora and Moschino have piqued my interests less this year. So far, I’m enjoying “O [highly accessorized] Tannebaum” from spazio espanso, via dei bergamaschi 60, the art-meets-fashion shop up the street from Piazza di Pietra.
5. Philosophical: The “Christmas That Made Me Think” at Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina. I wonder if this is supposed to mean we are all embraced in one world for the holidays. Or if this is just a ball stuck in a tree…
Something I’m missing? Please send us your photos.
*To see Rome masquerade as the City of Lights, read through 06blog.it‘s collection of Holiday 2010 decorations and lights.
Photos by Erica Firpo and courtesy of Arlene Gibbs