Perhaps best of all about visiting Rome on vacation (of course not December weather can close to freezing) is the experience of a wonderful tradition and Merry Christmas from Italy can be seen throughout the city.
Piazza Navona, one of the most popular Rome become the stage during the holiday season. The Christmas market is set here, which includes all kinds of games, candy and toys for children and holiday crafts, artists and food for adults. The kids here get their socks to "Befana" is also known as the good little witch who brings candy to children on the day of Epiphany. Even Santa makes special appearance here.
On the other hand, the Vatican became a magical setting during the holiday season. Each year the Nativity scene created and unveiled on Christmas Eve. Pilgrims from all over the world are drawn to Rome just to admire it. Aside from Christmas, the tree is also placed in the middle of St. Peter's square that measures about 30 meters (100 feet). This tradition originated by Pope John Paul II in 1982 and since then, it was a gift from one of the regions of Italy or the EU Nations.
Midnight mass took place on Christmas Eve and was given by the Pope in St. Peter's Basilica. If you are lucky enough to get tickets to the event of this, akbar was truly a special one to enjoy. Without a lot of tourists or long line, you really can take in this holiday of the traditional beliefs of one of the most important places of worship in the world of Christianity.