Covid Christmas in Rome 2020 is a quite different holiday from the usual. Italians are spending this holiday season in quasi-lockdown which has naturally impacted so many businesses, from hotels to restaurants and more.
The hotel industry has been particularly hard hit by Covid and many, if not most, hotels are closed.
This year my annual Christmas post celebrates Covid Christmas in Rome 2020 and the struggling travel industry and especially Rome’s hotels.
It’s a bittersweet experience to be in Rome during this Covid Christmas 2020. It’s delightful to have the city tourist-free and yet so heartbreaking for all the businesses that are struggling and barely making ends meet, or have been forced to close outright.
Please enjoy these photographs of Christmas trees and decorations during Covid Christmas in Rome 2020. And once the Covid crisis has passed and we are able to travel again keep Rome's hotels in mind and join in helping them all get back on their feet!
Some of the hotels that are closed have nonetheless tried to offer a festive look for passersby, like the Hotel Savoy.
Some of Rome’s large historical hotels have chosen to stay open despite the economic crisis associated with the Covid crisis. Most of these hotels have a gorgeous Christmas tree in their foyer and entrance.
Last but not least every year there are always two places in Rome where you can count on seeing a wonderful Christmas tree. Piazza Venezia showcases the City of Rome’s Christmas tree.
And of course the Vatican always has a lovely Christmas tree - this year from Slovenia, along with a Presepe.
You can count on a unique presepe every year and Covid Christmas in Rome 2020 is no exception with this extremely modern and somewhat controversial nativity scene interpretation.
As has become a Vatican tradition this nativity scene was donated by an Italian region, this year the Abruzzo region. It comes from Castelli, a town steeped in ceramic heritage. The ceramic figures were created over a ten year period by the teacher and students of a local art school.