Long weekend: 3 Things to do in Rome during Immaculate Conception

The long weekend on 8th december is a good chance to spent your time looking  for art, culture and Christmas markets. So many  european cities is turning  the streets light with Christmas colors.
But even those who decided to spend these three december days in Rome – and those who live in the capital of Italy and chose not to leave for this long weekend – will have the opportunity to spend pleasant days, including art, culture and shopping in the eternal city.



Christmas lovers: If you love being surrounded by hundreds of dazzling decorations as you walking on Rome surroundings, you’re in for it. This is one of the most beautiful places in the eternal city; for years during the Christmas period it is filled with lights, colors and stalls. In the past this event has stopped cause problems related to the new safety regulations. Finally  this year come back and is is highly anticipated. 


As every year arrive the traditional tribute to  Immaculate Conception feast is renewed which in Rome sees its fulcrum in the statue raised in Piazza di Spagna. And like every year the first to bring their flowers to the Virgin will be the firefighters. The sacred image, in fact, is located on a column of about 12 meters that was raised by 220 firefighters in 1857, just three years after the proclamation of the dogma by Pius IX. If you are going to Piazza di Spagna, you will meet Pope Francis.





Don’t miss out the best current painting exhibitions in Rome during your long weekend.
Those who choose to pass the Immaculate feast in Rome will be able to take advantage of the holiday days to visit the exhibitions that are set up in the capital in these weeks. Until the 11th of February at the Complesso del Vittoriano the canvases of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet are on display, borrowed from the Musée Marmottan in Paris. At the Scuderie del Quirinale, on the other hand, you can see the paintings that Pablo Picasso created between 1915 and 1925. Currently showing at the Ara Pacis Museum, The Hokusai exhibition, comprises 200 works, to be shown in two phases. The artist reflects contemporary Japanese life in the 1800s, with a focus on nature.