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Christmas in Rome

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Lights, decorations, gifts, sweets and a pinch of magic: it is the fairy-tale atmosphere of Christmas in Rome, a city unique in the world, made even more irresistible by its majestic decorated fir trees and its sparkling lights! The whole city continues to come alive with nativity scenes, video-projections and innovative installations: an opportunity to convey traditional messages and create sharing even in this particular year in which we must ensure compliance with the measures imposed by the health emergency.

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CHRISTMAS TREES, LUMINARIES AND CRIBS

Spelacchio in Piazza Venezia
Until 10 January 2021 - Inauguration Tuesday 8 December 2020
A natural fir of the Abies Nordmanniana type, about 23 meters high and with a diameter of the crown at the base of 12 meters, illuminated with 100 thousand LED lights and decorated with 800 spheres in four colors: red, silver, deep gold and light gold.

Christmas lights in via dei Condotti
Until 6 January 2021
Twenty-two luminous arches, which reproduce the logo of the Bulgari maison, donor of the system, brightly illuminate the luxury shopping street in the heart of the baroque loop. The owners of the 42 boutiques that populate the street, this year, due to the pandemic, had to give up the concert and the usual performance of the musical band of the Carabinieri.

Christmas lights in Piazza Navona
Until 6 January 2021
The Fountain of the Four Rivers, the Fountain of the Moor, and that of Neptune are enlightened with a blue glow enhancing the shapes and movements of water. In addition to the static projections, the light show sees the lights of the square gradually go out to start, with a sound effect, an unprecedented show full of colors, music, and movement on the fountain of the Four Rivers. Gian Lorenzo Bernini's work was digitally mapped, and a luminous dress was made with a 3D video lasting 5 minutes and reproduced every 20 minutes from 5 to 9 pm.

Until 6 January 2021, from 5 pm to 9 pm, Piazza del Campidoglio also lights up with the video-mapping show Visions of Christmas projected on the facade of Palazzo Senatorio: a journey through frescoes and paintings that over the centuries have told the period from the Nativity to the Adoration of the Magi. Among the masterpieces represented, you can admire an immense starry sky, detail of the Vault with Madonna and Child, painted by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel, the Nativity by Correggio, the Adoration of the Shepherds by Garofalo, a painting belonging to the Sacchetti Collection of the Capitoline Museums and the Adoration of the Shepherds by Rubens.

The traditional Christmas lights were set up at Via del Corso and in Via Vittorio Veneto, by Acea. This year, a 1,500 meters-long with famous verses, phrases, and quotations starry sky was installed.

Until the Epiphany, in Piazza di Spagna, you can admire the Nativity of Hope, a traditional Neapolitan nativity scene made with the same executive techniques of the 18th century, characterized by a strong message dedicated to the expectation. In Piazza del Popolo, you find the typical and recently restored Pinelliana nativity scene: thirty-three figures in a setting recalling the atmosphere of 19th-century Rome. Two large bright Christmas stars that radiate over the square are positioned next to the Nativity scene.

In Piazza Vittorio, a robotic nativity scene will rise. In this context, an ideas competition aimed at children will also be organized.

From 19 December, Piazza del Popolo will be the protagonist of an artistic lighting project called Custodes. Wonderful and evocative images of guardian angels and "protectors" of the city will be projected on the Porta del Popolo, which for centuries was the main access to Rome. Inspired by the most evocative and prestigious examples of ancient and Baroque art that populate paintings, holy places, urban views of Rome, the representation is accompanied by sacred sounds in the space in front.

A luminous tree will be installed in Piazza Risorgimento, and star-shaped light installations will be set up in various areas of the city.

A Christmas open bus will circulate, bringing music through the streets of the city, thanks to the collaboration of the Fondazione Musica per Roma.

Christmas at Cinecittà World - Polvere di stelle
Experience the emotions of Christmas with the Polvere di Stelle walk, a path of illuminations and designer lights, created by Meta Lux, with enchanted trees, reindeer, penguins, dolphins to be admired every day from 4 to 8 pm. The suggestive Cinecittà Street awaits you with its starry sky among the skyscrapers of New York and the walk among the great open air spaces with the artistic installations of the illuminations.

Christmas in St. Peter's Square
From 11 December 2020 to 10 January 2021
The traditional inauguration and lighting are scheduled for Friday 11 December at 4.30 pm.
Italy and Slovenia are the donors of this year's exhibition. From Castelli, in the province of Teramo, a very important center for ceramics since the 16th century, comes the Nativity scene, with statues of larger than life size, an object of contemporary art that has its roots in the traditional manufacturing of castellana ceramics. Only a few pieces from the fragile collection of 54 statues will be exhibited in St. Peter's Square. They will be placed sideways to a lighted platform of about 125 square meters that surrounds part of the obelisk on a slight slope. The sculptures represent the Magi; in the center, on the highest point of the platform, is the group of the Nativity with the Angel, placed above the Holy Family to symbolize its protection over the Savior, Mary and Joseph.
In St. Peter's Square there is also the majestic spruce (or spruce), 28 meters high and 70 centimeters in diameter, which comes from south-eastern Slovenia, exactly from the municipality of Kočevje, on the Rinža river. The Kočevsko region is one of the Slovenian territories where nature is most luxuriant and intact - forests cover 90% of its land. The spruce chosen for St. Peter's Square grew near Kočevska Reka, 6 kilometers as the crow flies from the imposing Krokar virgin forest. Along with that of Snežnik-Ždrocle (in the Notranjska region), it is the second Slovenian forest included among the 63 sites of ancient primordial beech woods on the Unesco World Heritage list. The spruce, also called spruce, has been a symbol of fertility since ancient times.

This section continuously updated. Some events could be suspended or canceled in implementation of the anti Covid-19 containment measures.

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