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ROME BY NIGHT ALL LIT UP FOR THE WINTER

Feb 06, 2014

Befana in Rome, the good witch that brings candies to the kids

We all know how beautiful Rome is in the summer, but have you ever considered seeing it in the winter!
This year, for example, for the first time, the Palatine Hill (once the residence of the Roman Emperors) was completely Illuminated, showing the ancient ruins by night, something magnificent to view.
Another winter attraction during the festive season takes place in one of the most famous squares of Rome (Piazza Navona), here you will see the traditional Christmas market where the Romans come daily to buy the figures of the nativiy scene which they then put on display in their homes.
This market remains utill the 6th of January, the day of the Befana. What is the Befana ?
In the Italian tradition the Befana is a good witch who distributes gifts on th 6th of January; the equivalent of the three kings who followed the star to Bethlehem and donated the gifts to the New born King, which took place on the twelth day of Christmas, being the 6th January. This is the reason you can see Christmas stockings full of gifts on the stalls until this date.