The countdown has begun: the city's lights are hung, the Christmas trees are up and decorated. 
This Christmas is all about "sustainability," as the mayor of Rome said on Facebook, as well as "simplicity and refinement."

The countdown has begun: the city's lights are hung, the Christmas trees are up and decorated.

This Christmas is all about "sustainability," as the mayor of Rome said on Facebook, as well as "simplicity and refinement."

The Vatican's Christmas tree has been lit as well — an enormous 28-meter high tree came from Poland after traveling all across central Europe. The tree was decorated by children from cancer wards and from areas struck by earthquakes this year.

Credits @john_m_viola on Instagram

Pope Francis's words were addressed to these kids: “Dear children, my thanks is most especially to you. In your works, you have transferred your dreams and your desires to rise to heaven and to be known to Jesus, Who made Himself a child like you to tell you that He loves you."

The Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square has been a yearly tradition for 35 years; in 1982, Pope John Paul II decided to put a Christmas tree in the center of Bernini's colonnade.

Next to the obelisk there is a Neapolitan-style nativity scene from the 18th century from Campania, unveiled with a classic Christmas song.

 

 

A completely different Christmas tree is at Galleria Alberto Sordi, not far from our hotel: this tree is 10-meters tall made of recycled materials, decorated with 300 red balls and lit by energy-saving white LEDs.

Credits @miticopedro su Instagram

This green-friendly, sustainable tree is definitely no less amazing to behold!

Credits @giogiocasati su Instagram


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