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We meet at lunch time, upon arrival we’ll start with a brindisi ‘cheer’ of Prosecco, together with olives, salami, particular cheeses etc.
After chatting and greeting, we’ll set at the table end the first course is ‘tortellini in brodo’ tortellini cooked in this amazing meat soup done with hen, calf, capon, beef, carrots, onion, celery etc.
After the soup we’ll have the meat (the same boiled in the soup) with mayonnaise ( handmade), ‘salsa verde’ broccoli and artichokes.
In the meanwhile and since a while, the lamb is cooking in the oven…
When we are done with these delicacies, the roosted lamb follows with roosted potatoes and ‘puntarelle’ salad.
When we are done the table is cleaned and fruits and all kinds of Christmas desserts follows: panettone, pandoro and torroni of every kind.
Of course dessert came together with the liquors we use to digest…Amari, mirto and above all grappa.
An important roman tradition during Christmas time is to visit the ‘100 Cribs’ exhibition held in the enchanting Sala Bramante in piazza del Popolo. The event is held from the beginning of December (usually December 8th) till the Epiphany.
Over 150 cribs from all over the world are on display. Christmas Nativity created by artists from all over the world using all kind of materials: terracotta, clay, ceramic, cardboard and cork, mahogany, crystal, pasta, leaves and more.
On December 7th at midnight the faithful gather at piazza di Porta Capena to start the night pilgrimage to the Holy Mather on the eve of Immaculate Conception day.
The pilgrimage on foot last all night long.
The walk proceed along the Old Appian Way, pass the Domine Quo Vadis church, proceed by the Catacombs of San Callisto, the Mausoleum of the ‘Fosse Ardeatine’ , and continue along the via Ardeatina ending at the Sanctuary at 5.00am.
This blog is aimed to share with you my Roman experiences, reflections and researches.