Christmas in Rome

Yesterday I shared with you some of the sites we saw while visiting Germany at Christmastime.

As if that wasn’t special enough, we decided to take a side trip to Rome over the actual Christmas holiday. What a festive time to be there!

Rome cafe at Christmas

This is a picture of the group (minus my sister) taken at a cafe across from the Panethon.

Rome Christmas Tree

The architecture in Rome is so amazing, that Christmas decorations are almost unnecessary. They were beautiful though.

Rome pizzeria at Christmas

Even the pizza places were lovely.

Rome street at Christmas

Much of Rome was closed for the days surrounding Christmas. Christmastime has a much less commercial feel than it does in the US. Still, the streets were crowded.

Mom and Dad in Rome

I love this picture of my parents. It’s part of the picture wall in my living room.

Ladies meeting on the street in Rome

And this picture of two Italian ladies is another favorite. Apparently they ran into each other on the street. Wouldn’t you love to know what they’re saying? That’s my brother-in-law and son in the background.

Roma Christmas tree

More lovely Roman Christmas decorations.

Rome apartment at Christmas

This apartment balcony overlooks the Spanish Steps. Not a bad view I would say.

St. Peter's in Rome on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Even we attended Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

St. Peter's Square Nativity on Christmas Eve

Although we had tickets, we still had quite a long wait outside in St. Peter’s Square, but it was all simply beautiful.

St. Peter's Square Christmas Eve

The weather was rainy, which – along with the lighting – made for some dramatic photos.

St. Peters Rome

Inside St. Peter’s was breathtaking.

St. Peter's in Rome on Christmas Eve

There really are no words for it.

Altar at St. Peters in Rome at Christmas

This is the entrance to St. Peter’s tomb, decorated for Christmas.

St. Peters day after Christmas

We were back a couple of days later and they were taking the decorations down. I thought this numbering system was interesting.

Rome doorway at Christmas

We’re celebrating Christmas in Kansas and not in Rome this year, but these photos bring back special memories.

Merry Christmas to you wherever this finds you.