At 4.30pm this afternoon the Vatican Christmas tree and Nativity scene will be illuminated. The 25 metre high tree is a red spruce from the Trento region of Italy and is decorated with ceramic ornaments made by children in hospitals.
The Nativity scene comes from the island of Malta and pays tribute to the migrants who are forced to flee their countries and undergo dangerous sea journeys.
Last year our favourite wooden toy store, Bartolucci,near the Pantheon, had a tree inventively decorated with wood shavings.
There will be no tree at the Colosseum this year, due to the ongoing construction work of Metro C, but Piazza Venezia will display a 20 metre spruce from Trentino.