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Rome Christmas 2009

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Rome Christmas 2009

Can I take a train on December 26 from Rome to Venice, looked on train timetables and cannot see a schedule for this day. We were scheduled to be in Rome from Dec 22 until 27th and decided to move to Venice on 26th and fly from there. Does this make sense or should we stay in Rome? Afraid that there will be little to do on Dec 25 and 26. This is our first trip to Rome - family of 5 including kids 22,20,18.

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1. Re: Rome Christmas 2009

The train schedules are not posted yet for the end of December.

If you do a search for *Christmas Rome* or *Christmas Venice*, there might be some posts about past years activities. There are quite a few people who like to go to both these places at this time.


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2. Re: Rome Christmas 2009

Of course there will be a train service between Rome and Venice on December 26 but I would rather suggest to stay in Rome, Piazza Navona is great fun during Christmas, or just take a day trip to Florence. Venice could be wet, cold and gloomy on those days, and the trip to Venice in and out it's gonna be taking precious hours out of your trip!


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3. Re: Rome Christmas 2009


We're thinking of going to Rome during Christmas. What events are happening at Piazza Navona? On Christmas day, does the city shut down or are there celebrations going on throughout the city?

Thanks for your insight.

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4. Re: Rome Christmas 2009

The 26th is a holiday, but there is regular holiday train service. You can get an idea of the schedules by looking at a schedule for any Sunday in the near future.

Several people have reported that if you want to see both Rome and Venice, it's better to fly into Venice and out of Rome. That's because all of the flights out of Venice have connections in other cities, and in order to make the connections, you have to get a flight out of Venice at an ungodly hour in the morning, I've never tried to do this, but have a look at possible flight schedules before deciding.

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5. Re: Rome Christmas 2009

The only celebrations on Christmas Day in Rome are religious services. A late-evening or midnight mass is celebrated in many churches on December 24. On Christmas Day, families stay at home and celebrate with a meal. Very few restaurants are open, and all shops, museums and archeological sites are closed. Transport is on a reduced holiday schedule. Shops remain closed on December 26; some restaurants and most points of interest reopen.

The event in Piazza Navona referred to is a Christmas market that features some Christmas foods and a great many tacky Christmas gifts such as plush bears. It starts before Christmas and goes on until January 6.

The situation is not much different in Venice, but because it is a more tourist-oriented city, more places are open on December 25 and 26.

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6. Re: Rome Christmas 2009

Are restaurants in the Jewish quarter likely to be open on Christmas Day or is a holiday for all,whatever religion?


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