Christmas Market, Piazza Navona
Here are the rest of my photos from the Christmas Market in Piazza Navona. The market always brings back good memories for me, as I remember coming here when I was a student studying in Padova. That trip to Rome was the first time I thought about moving here, and several years later it actually happened. The piazza was crowded with people because it was the holiday weekend. You’ll see the ciambella cart, which is a classic. A ciambella is essentially a gigantic sugar donut which is then pressed in a panino press to make it hot. You can even have it slathered with nutella. Looking at the photo now it’s a bit funny because the crowd looks like it’s about to kill that poor guy trying to serve them as fast as he can.
I find that around the holidays candy is always found. Take note of the cart full of sweets, which are always rolled out during the holidays. Funny to think that this type of candy by the pound store is something found in most malls in the US, but here it’s more reserved for the holidays. There is also the beautiful carousel which is brought out every year. As Arlene points out in her blog, it was built in Germany at the end of the 19th century.
And lastly, the puppets! This booth is always here and they have everything from classic commedia dell’arte characters to Bart Simpson. Very much ala’ Punch and Judy.