Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Photos from Piazza Navona's Christmas Fair.

Phew, I made it back home before the hail started. The weather has been pazzo (crazy). The sun came out for a few hours yesterday morning. I ran out and snapped the following.

December 1st kicked off the Christmas market in Piazza Navona.

This carousel was built in Germany in 1896.

Christmas trees are growing in popularity but aren’t really an Italian tradition. Here it’s all about the presepi (Nativity scenes). There were some mangers with running water, moving/bowing Wise Men and bakers holding loaves of bread.

Check out the tiny fruit, buckets, etc. in this photo.

I love ciambelle (donuts) but these are huge. I don’t think I could eat without passing out from a sugar rush.


joanne @ frutto della passione said...

I used to love going to this. Someday I'll take my son, who I have turned into just as much of a Christmas nut as I am!

Jessica said...

Yea! I love this market, it's always had good memories for me. Some stands can be a bit cheesy, but I can never resist taking a stroll.

Kim B. said...

looks delightful. although i must say the doughnuts would be NO challenge for me!! (unfortunately)

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

This reminds me of the Little Italy festivals I went to when I was little. I miss the piping hot zeppoli and I swear there was a similar carousel.

It all looks lovely.

I think you need an Italian friend or three to share that donut.

J.Doe said...

Being Jewish I never had a presepio in my house but I was really entranced at the Italian prespi. They really get into them with all the different characters. I've seen some with waterfalls too. Probably not authentic, but a lot of fun.

Susan said...

What a great post- I really enjoyed your photos- I wish I could be there- I would love my son to see it.

erin :: the olive notes said...

please oh please save me one of those HUGE ciambelle!!! Those are my favorite :)

Paul said...

So funny..the ciambelle are supposed to have the "aroma" of Piazza Navona.

dorina said...

thanks so much for posting these beautiful photos of rome at christmastime. how we would love to be there! (my girls miss rome.) i'll try and get some up of the big apple soon . . we haven't been to see the store windows yet, but we're looking forward to it!

glamah16 said...

It reminds me of the Germna Christkindlemarkts. I love this time of year. I could eat on that doughnut for a week!

*Belgian said...

I love the bancarelle in Piazza Navona..although the laughing Befana puppets still scare me sometimes!
I went last Saturday, but only few were open unfortunately.

City Girl said...

Beautiful pictures!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

joanne - I think he will love it. There were lots of children there yesterday.

jessica - I don't get the candy stands and some of the stuffed animal stands. They are cheesy.

kimb- ha.

jen - I think so too.

j. doe - I read some have soccer players. I don't remember reading about them in the bible. :)

susan - thank you.

erin - I know how much you love these. I was addicted to them when I first moved here, eating one every morning. Now I've moved on to those darn San Carlo chips.

paul - ha. no comment.

dorina - have a great time in NYC. The store windows are just amazing.

glamah16 - Unfortunately, I could finish that donut in an afternoon.

belgian - I will try to get some Befana photos later.

city girl - grazie.

gibber said...

those donuts look AWESOME!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

gibber - don't they. I think you can get some Nutella with them as well.

girasoli said...

There is a carousel in Piazza Navona?? Wow, I never knew that happened. Great photos!!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

girasoli - It's only there during the Holiday. I saw them putting it together over the weekend.