15 Best Things To Do For Christmas In Rome 2017

Christmas in Rome is a very special season.  Check out our 15 Best Things To Do For Christmas In Rome 2017 below for some fantastic ideas of what to do for those who will be in Rome for Christmas in 2017.

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Coliseum Invaded By Brazilians

Coliseum Christmas Tree
Coliseum at Christmas

The Coliseum (or Colosseum) is in the news again today after it was invaded in the early hours of 16 January by drunk tourists!

Two Brazilian tourists managed to scale the fence surrounding the Coliseum before climbing a security gate.

Their final obstacle which is a 4 metre drop into the ancient amphitheatre however proved to be their undoing.

As the drunk pair made their daring break-in, they injured themselves when attempting to jump to distant ground below.  One of the two fractured their pelvis and the Coliseum was once again witness to blood curdling cries for help.

Despite security forces being stationed at the Coliseum 24 hrs a day as part of anti-terrorism measures, they failed to detect the boisturous drunk intruders until they were inside the monument.

This intrusion comes after a number of other tourists had recently been arrested after damaging the Coliseum by carving their initials into the ancient stonework.

Fortunately, on this occasion the only damage suffered was to the bones of the two drunkards.

 

To visit the Coliseum through the main entrance (allbeit skipping the queues), take a look at our Coliseum & Ancient Rome Tour.

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Caravaggio’s Calling of St Matthew

The artist Caravaggio’s ‘Calling of St Matthew’ is a thought provoking work by this artistic master of light and darkness.

This painting can be found in the Contarelli Chapel of the Church of St Louis of France (San Luigi dei Francesi) just 2 minutes walk from the Pantheon and on our Caravaggio Tour.  The other two paintings in the side chapel are entitled the Inspiration of St Matthew, and the Martyrdom of St Matthew.  All three were painted by Caravaggio under the commission of the French Cardinal Matthieu Cointerel (Contarelli in Italian).

The Feast of St Matthew the Apostle is held on 21st September and thus in his honour we will look at Caravaggio’s focus on the conversion and calling of St Matthew as he presented it in his artistic masterpiece in 1599. Continue reading “Caravaggio’s Calling of St Matthew”

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