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Rome for the Holidays

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Posted on: October 08, 2008 at 3:58PM

In Rome last year during Christmas, I was at a serious loss for good, dependable food and found a restaurant close to the basilica of Sant Andrea della Valle that was always open, friendly, affordable and excellent! The name of the restaurant is Tosca (big surprise!) and it has frescoes decorated with scenes from the opera. So if you are up for a visit to the church, it is definitely worth stopping in for a great meal. When I was there they had an enormous buffet spread of antipasti, pasta, fish and meat that was just out of this world. So after going there once and then being at a loss to find other places that were open 2 days before Christmas and afterwards, I was always able to depend on them for great service and food. Plus, they were playing various versions of Puccini's opera and were close to major sights...what's not to like?! report a problem

Posted on: October 08, 2008 at 5:09PM

Christmas is a family holiday in Rome and many Romans are away with Mama. One pleasant Roman thing to do is to visit the Presepi or Christmas creches in almost every church. Children will be delighted as well as adults with childlike awe..Some have running streams and lights that change from daylight through starry nights. Among the many celebration--Santa Maria in Aracoeli, far up the stairs near the Campidoglio. Roman children recite poems to the baby Jesus. Crowded Christmas Eve..Book a hotel in the center, that is, near the Pantheon, to be able to walk everywhere.. Travel agents say everything is central but tourist hotels are not. (I consider Central to be walking not cab or metro distance) Get a map and go on line to for one to reserve . One tourist hotel not far from the center is the Visconti,, across the Tiber from the Spanish Steps area. Check with the hotel on restaurants as many will be closed.

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