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Rome — By theromeguide on December 7, 2008 at 7:45 am

Christmas Souvenirs

Visiting Rome during the Christmas holidays may not be quite the same as visiting light-filled New York City or egg nog-slathered London. But it’s still quite special especially if you take a stroll in Piazza Navona. Every year, starting Decembre 1st and ending around the 7th January, this elliptical square normally filled with artists and caricaturists is the mecca for stocking stuffers, candied apples, and all the knick-knacks one can imagine. One side is lined with veritable fair games (shoot the duck, horse-race) and loaded with giant, stuffed animal prizes, while the other side is an open air market offering handmade nativity characters, cloth stockings, candy of all sorts, and one-of-a-kind gifts. Take a leisurely walk among the lights and carols, then be a kid again on the colorful merry-go-round set right in the heart of the square.

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