Christmas Market Shopping in Roma, Italia Piazza Novona

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 finishing their design project  spending lots of hours on “charette”. ( French word meaning working night and day to finish a project. )  This seems to be the model for architecture students in all countries .. . . .  .finishing at the last minute. Well the students didn’t want to be doing this work and missing their  last days in Roma.  The professor went daily to Navona and bought sweets for a treat for them.  He would sit and read in the studio to “encourage work and perseverance!”  A posting and exhibition were planned for the last few days where students from other Roman studies’ programs would visit.  Quality work was and is important to the professor!   One day, Emily called out to David after his candy delivery, “David, are you babysitting?”  Which was exactly what he was doing!

Here are some images of Piazza Nanona at Christmas time!


Pinocchio was started in Italy and is a popular children’s gift as well as other puppets.


Puppets are very popular in Italy. I remember traveling around and coming into a small town, going to the piazza in the centro and there would be a puppet show. The most popular are slap-stick stories of Punch and Judy.  Men , women, and children would laugh, wildly,  at the foolishness!


Stuffed animals galore. . .  . . .

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Here are some of the delicious sweets!


Decorations and some of the manger figures. . . . .


Beautiful, delicate tree ornaments. . . . .  .


Yummy. . . .  .


Kid heaven. . . . .  . . . . . .


I loved the columns instead of the stable or cave. We bought some columns to use in our nativity.  Not bad for plastic figures, right?

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Lots of styles and sizes are available. . . . . . .


Buon Natale. . . . . . . .


About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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7 Responses to Christmas Market Shopping in Roma, Italia Piazza Novona

  1. GP Cox says:

    Wishing you all the best, Anne!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Earth hath nought to show more fair…crazy, but beautiful. What we sad British could learn from this!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. These markets look amazing!

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  4. claude paradis says:

    That top ‘Christmas market’ photo is not of Rome.


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