December 5

Christmas lights in the Via dei Condotti, Rome

The Via dei Condotti is Rome’s answer to 5th Avenue or Bond Street. Running from Piazza di Spagna pretty much all the way to the river Tiber, the street dates back to ancient times. The name derives from the conduits that used to run along its length carrying water to the nearby Baths of Agrippa.

Today it’s designer stores that run its length and all the top names in the fashion world have stores there. So, if you want a new Dior dress for Christmas, with an Hermès scarf, a Ferragamo bag and a co-ordinating pair of Jimmy Choos, this is the place to come. You can accessorize with some Cartier or Tiffany jewellery, a Montblanc pen and, of course, a Louis Vuitton suitcase, without ever leaving the street. And if shopping for all that tires you out, you can stop for coffee in the famous Antico Caffé Greco and pretend you are in the company of John Keats, Lord Byron, and other famous customers.

This year, the Christmas lights feature cartoon characters. At the end of the street you can see the Church of Trinità dei Monti located at the top of the Spanish Steps. 

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