Among surfers in Santa hats, on a glistening ice rink or by a plate or pan d’oro - Rome is an unforgettable destinations to hang up your stocking.
The Eternal City is worth a visit any time of year, but perhaps most of all during the holidays – after all, where better to celebrate Christimas than the seat of Catholicism, listening to the clanging of thousands of church bells: Festive markets pop up in the piazzas, and Nativity scenes, or presepi, are found everywhere from the Spanish Steps in the heart of the city to the small neighborhood chapels. Beware of the ‘witches’ who descend upon the roads. Italians have a remarkably thoughtful Christmas witch named La Befana, who comes astride a broom stick (which she uses to clean messy houses) bearing gifts for the kids. Now, since you must do as the Romans do, pick up a pan d’oro, the quintessentially Italian Christmas cake, from your corner bakery and join in the revelry.