The Piazza Navona Christmas Market is the most famous Christmas market in Rome. Actually, it is called the “Mercato della Befana”, the market of the witch. The name comes from the Roman tradition, in which the witch brought gifts to the children on the Epiphany on 6 January.
The market in Piazza Navona has changed a lot over the years. The city has decided to limit the number of stands and tender the licenses in the long term. Unfortunately, there are virtually no handicraft products and there is no serving of food and drinks.
The market today looks like a Kermis with shooting galleries, where you can win stuffed animals. There are some stalls with toys and decorations. There are pre-packaged candied apples, sweets and packaged pastries.
From the old market only the beautiful traditional carousel remained.
The Piazza Navona Christmas Market is open from the 8th of December to the 6th of January. The stands open as needed from 10 and are open late into the night.
Food and drinks
At the Christmas market in Piazza Navona there is no gastronomy and no drinks. There are only packaged sweets and packaged pastries.
The restaurants in Piazza Navona beautify the Christmas atmosphere. Good and cheap eats and drinks you find in the streets around Piazza Navona.