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Rome Holiday Walk: The Tradition of Italian Nativities

Explore Italian Christmas displays to better understand their cultural and religious significance
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3 hours
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  • View religious relics that only reveal themselves during the holiday season, complete with tours of many of Rome's most famous nativity scenes
  • Led by a theology scholar
  • Santa Maria Maggiore, Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, Monti Neighborhood, and Santi Cosma e Damiano
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Being in Rome at Christmas, this was a must on our list. Jose clearly knows his stuff. His timeline helped put so many historical facts from many different cultures and religions into a single frame that just made things easier to understand. Seeing the churches, nativities and other significant elements in each church was an education. Jose was really flexible with us, as we had to get Covid tested before our flights the next day and he helped us by going farmacia to farmacia on our route (perhaps one or two off the route) to get us where we needed to go.
Chiara was friendly and a wealth of knowledge about the city, the basilicas and churches, and pointed out spots along the way. Our walk to each nativity scene was interesting and at a comfortable pace. At our request we made a detour for cappuccino and a small bite. She led us to a lovely shop for the best coffee with baked goods to match, which we could not have found on our own. Our entire tour felt very personalized and rich with time in each setting. The basilicas and churches were stunning and special and we loved hearing the history of each nativity scene. Chiara speaks English well (and taught us a bit of Italian!) She was special and our time with her unforgettable. (We also took her advice for a dinner spot and had an extraordinary dinner!) Thank you, Chiara!
Chiara was so very responsive to our every need and question. Spectacular way to start our week in Rome.

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