Christmas in Rome

Old Nov 27th, 2007, 12:22 AM
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Christmas in Rome

I shall be spending Christmas 24th to 27th in Rome. Will the restaurants be open? How about shopping, will they be open on the 26th?

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Old Nov 27th, 2007, 03:59 PM
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Most restaurants will be closed on the 24th, more open on the 25th & 26th but still not a lot. When I was there last year, a lot of stores were open on the 24th, even though it was also a Sunday. They won't be open on the 25th.

For more information on that time of year, here is my trip report:

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Old Nov 27th, 2007, 05:04 PM
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Thanks for the info. Will the shops be open on the 26th?

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Old Nov 27th, 2007, 06:05 PM
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I believe so - its a Wednesday, a normal shopping day and its an active shopping season since the real giftgiving holiday, Epiphany, is still to come.
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Old Nov 27th, 2007, 06:21 PM
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December 26 is an official holiday in Italy. Tourist shops will be open - they always are - but most shops will be closed.
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Old Nov 27th, 2007, 06:23 PM
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When we were in Rome last Christmas we were surprised to find that the shops and restaurants we wanted to visit were closed on the 26th. It's truly a holiday. We ended up having a bad meal at a tourist trap type restaurant and found no shops to wander in.

Shops were open on the 24th. We cooked dinner at our apt so I didn't notice restaurants that evening.

Nearly everything was closed on Christmas Day but the streets were filled with people. We found a restaurant that served pasta and had a lovely, sunny lunch outside. However, we were never able to find a gelato place that was open on the 25th!
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Old Nov 28th, 2007, 05:42 AM
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We were in Rome last year on Christmas and I was kind of amazed at how many "normal" shops were closed on the 26th. I found this out the hard way.

On Christmas night my wife and I were walking around the Colosseum area and I managed to drop her camera, rendering it almost useless. We had a Vatican tour scheduled for the next morning (26th). I could not find a shop open that sold cameras until the 27th.

That said, there were a substantial number of restaurants/cafes open on Christmas.
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Old Nov 28th, 2007, 07:53 AM
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hi, dclho,

i think that this is one of the times when staying in a "proper" hotel with a restaurant is a real advantage. but you've probably already booked!

it's surprising how hard it can be to find out when galleries are open and shut. the green Michelin guide has a list in the back.

regards, ann

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Old Nov 28th, 2007, 08:01 AM
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Get restaurant reservations for Christmas eve. Most places will be open but will close early and only offer a price fixe menu. Stores won't as a rule be open on christmas day but most will be open on the 26th. There will be restaurants open on Christmas day. The biggie is christmas eve. Try to go to the papal blessing on christmas day. Email me if you have any questions.
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