A Roman Christmas market. . . . . .
Piazza Navona Christmas market in Rome is on the list of best European Christmas Markets. It is on the ancient site of the Circus of Domitian and has the shape of a stadium because of the games played there in ancient times. As the Christmas season nears, the vendors set up their toys, ornaments and delicious Italian sweets. One of my favorite items were the Christmas figures for the manger scene. It is very difficult and terribly expensive to get the hand-carved wooden figures, but I did see them for sale in the shops near the Vatican. The ones on sale at Navona were plastic but the gifted Italian artists worked their magic with plastic and the expressions and details of clothing etc. are wonderful and the price is much more reasonable.
The last time I went with my husband for a semester in Rome, the students were frantically…
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