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The city of Christmas

December 7, 2019 @ 11:30 - December 15, 2019 @ 21:30 UTC+1


Saturday and Sunday 7 and 8 December 2019 from 11.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th December 2019 from 11.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Ex Forlanini – Piazza Forlanini 1
Info: Cell: 392.2131579 – Whatsapp: 392.1037824

Entrance 3€

Admission will be free for children up to 13 years of age and for people with disabilities and their carers.

The real magic of Christmas that leaves young and old open-mouthed can be experienced for the first time in the capital in a former hospital: the ‘former Forlanini who promises a Christmas with flakes!

The project La Città del Natale was born from the desire to revive a hospital now closed from 2015 in a completely different guise. A completely re-invented space that no one will recognize.

Entering from the entrance in Piazza Forlanini 1, is about to start an experiment of collective sharing of a large urban area never seen before!

Between Monteverde and Portuense in the shadow of the precious arboreal heritage that is kept in this perimeter, and exploring the interior areas, you will be greeted by a magical atmosphere, with soft lights, scents of ginger and cinnamon, spicy wine and Christmas choirs.

It will be an opportunity to relive and discover old and new traditions, to find unusual gifts made by 130 craftsmen and designers, enjoy Christmas sweets, and where children can write and deliver their letter to Santa Claus.

On the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of one of the most important events in history “The fall of the Berlin Wall”, the Christmas City, on the day of its inauguration, Saturday, December 7, hosts the exhibition that has already conquered millions of people, entitled “Farewell damned wall”.

The exhibition, curated by Alice Murgia, Andrea Moi, Emanuele Merlino and Margherita Grassellini and sponsored by the New Direction, involves the use of twenty self-supporting panels and collects dozens of photographs from the Archives of NATO and CIA that have been donated, along with other documents and books to the National Library of Rome.

Admiring this photographic exhibition, each visitor is also invited to reflect and wonder which walls could be demolished today in their lives (social walls, separating the rich from the poor, invisible walls, separating relations between neighbours, work colleagues, family members, walls of shame separating peoples, walls excluding separating and dividing) and which bridges they could instead build.

To close the curtain of the opening day of Saturday, December 7, at 20.00 the performance of the Gospel Music Village Gospel Choir in “The Spiritual Music of the Soul”. The group will present to the public modern arrangements from spirituals to contemporary Gospel, without neglecting the traditional themes in the versions most loved by the general public, in a blend of engaging and exciting music that will come straight to the heart.


Christmas City offers the perfect setting for shopping in an elegant, designer atmosphere.
Lots of ideas for pre-Christmas shopping, made by skilled and original craftsmen and designers, from decorations for the tree and the house to handmade products in wool, felt, wood or glass, candles, jewelry, t-shirts with the possibility of printing and embroidery on the spot, leather and fabric bags, paper jewelry, plexiglass, macramé, headbands, cloaks, scarves and wool gloves, tutus, books, kimonos, lamps, garlands, tapestries, sunglasses, plants, prints, posters, curiosities of all kinds. There are also Veg clothing items made with the use of dyes and vegetable fibers. But also products for wellness, such as essential oils, organic creams, perfumes, soaps, all completely handmade. The stalls are the crown of the building and harmonize in style and color with the beautiful facade of the monumental scenery of the renovated hospital.
There will be no shortage of handcrafted cribs made by Paolo Laino.


Foodlovers and gourmands from all over the boot will also be able to take part in tastings and celebrate the confectionery symbols par excellence of Christmas, all natural and only handmade, proposed by the Pasticceria Le Rondini. From panettone with or without candied fruit, stuffed or glazed with nougat, to buccellati, typical Sicilian sweets.

Numerous cakes and biscuits in gift box also for vegans.

Also present is the Cannoleria Ammu, which will offer the experience of tasting a delicious Sicilian cannolo, espresso, stuffed at the moment, with sheep’s milk ricotta from selected dairies in Palermo and wafers lovingly produced in Catania according to ancient noble recipes.


A real feast for the palate, to pamper adults and children, where the master chocolatiers of the workshop Sognatesori will offer demonstrations and tastings.
Tasty pralines, milk chocolate bars, dark and flavoured, spreadable creams, filled chocolates, and the most varied subjects of chocolate.

There will be plenty of cribs in chocolate and white nougat soft and hard chocolate.


The city of Christmas celebrates Nature and Green, immediately at the entrance the visitor will be immersed in the scents and colors of plants and flowers, kokedama, installations, Christmas trees for gardens and terraces. But also fruit and vegetable plants, aromatic plants, berry and decorative plants for the leaf, gardening items, decorated vases and outdoor furniture. Original gift boxes of citrus espaliers with organic jams made by the Gianicolo Garden.


The Official Partner of ASI Equestrian Sports offers various educational activities with ponies: sensory trails, games, grooming, storytelling. As well as the fundamental knowledge of the horse’s habits and the baptism of the saddle.
And in addition, a voucher for a free trial lesson for everyone.


For those who want to experience sensations never experienced before and a new form of entertainment, you can enter the Escape Room of the House of Paper. Tic…tac…tic…tac You are in the Casa di Carta farmhouse to prepare your shot at the Spanish State Mint. Gather the team, find out how to get into the mint to print the banknotes and parts for your shot. You have ten minutes to spend between clues, puzzles, mechanisms and combinations, before they discover you, you reach your goal and you will sleep on a Euro mattress.


Jugglers, wizards, acrobats, waders.

The Shape Company are among the most anticipated performers with their breathtaking numbers of acrobatics, verticalism, waders, popping, acrobalance, electric boogie, for a surprising performance.


The students of the Istituto Comprensivo Piazza Carlo Forlanini will exhibit artistic works ranging from poetry to objects and drawings made with their hands on the theme of Christmas, free to express their creativity and imagination and to stimulate their potential.

BRICIOLA VINTAGE PHOTO BUS : (14 and 15 December)
Briciola is a real mobile photo studio with a Christmas theme, built inside an original Volkswagen minibus of the ’60s: professional technology combined with vintage design to create a unique context and attention to every detail.
The public will just have to sit comfortably, smile and wait for the magic of a photo shoot.


From the most famous squares of Rome, Piazza Trilussa, Borgo Pio, Trinità dei Monti, on display 100 works of art by 20 painters and artists of different expressive extraction of ‘Cultural Association Escidicasa. Canvases, watercolors, engravings, sculptures to accompany the most varied event of Christmas 2019.

Among the artists Armando Di Loreto, Daniele Cilaiacomo and Nicola Bucci


“The other Rome: from San Basilio to Garbatella the shots that tell “the beauty of the suburbs of Luca Pietrobono

A photographic project that goes beyond the clichés and tells the story of the suburbs, immortalizing moments of life “that pulsates”, glimpses and looks that excite even more than the Colosseum.

San Basilio, Tor Vergata, Centocelle, San Lorenzo, Torpignattara, Eur and many other suburban districts of Rome are the heart of the ambitious project carried out by Luca Pietrobono, accountant in life, photographer for passion that began to capture a few moments in the suburbs of Rome that, in a short time, have won thousands of likes on social.

“Before going there, I try to contact people who live in the neighborhood, Facebook and social media in general help me a lot in this. Then I walk for hours, looking for the right light, the ideal point of view, because the photos must have a certain appeal. A nice photo can take a long time, to take the one of tram 19, for example, I was stationary at that point almost 2 hours. We photographers – unlike painters – are slaves to reality,” said Luca Pietrobono.

Activities for all tastes

Children like to walk around the stalls looking for decorations and sweets. If after a while they want to relax and play, and leave their parents free to go shopping, they can take part in many activities. Every weekend, Santa Claus or his Elves friends will stop by to say hello, have their photos taken and collect their letters. The creative workshops are run and created by the Association Il Cerchio di Mamme al Lavoro, known throughout Italy for the Facebook group Mamme al Lavoro which boasts 57,000 members, a virtual reference point for women, who share values of solidarity, collaboration and mutual help.

Laboratory programme

December 7th

All day long, Elisabetta Carnevali, tailor’s workshop doll’s fabric Morning Jade Decoration: Laboratory fimo jewelry
Afternoon Simona Loconte: Brusch Calligrafy writing workshop

December 8

All day long, Evita Zappadu, creative workshop of Scrapbooking and surroundings Morning Lucia Bonanno: Polymeric pasta workshop, succulent plants Afternoon Gloria Pernarella: Laboratory essential oils and candles

Salt paste decorations by Carla Farina

Ready to knead, model and paint your own forms? Once ready, you can give them away or hang them on your Christmas tree!

December 14th

All day creative science workshops, with the association Funny Science

Afternoon Lucia Bonanno: Polymeric pasta workshop, The succulent plants.

December 15th

All day manual creative workshops with Evita Zappadu and creative workshops for children of Painting and Flowers with Francesca Ferraresi and Simona Nasello



A New York-style Hamburger Ambulant with selected meats and their special double GREEN Burger.

Wandering – the taste of choice.

On board of Graziella, a beautiful vintage caravan, they offer vegan food prepared with seasonal products, many at km 0 and untreated.

Pizza Pig

Method and preparation: these are their key words, to pack their excellent products. The real Roman pizza is baked at the moment filled with products of the highest quality, serving it fragrant and appetizing.
Mortadella, Ham, Salami, Porchetta, Butter and Anchovies, Nutella: there is no limit to creativity and goodness.

Bee Sfamamy

It offers fried fish buns, and many varieties of fried mixed for even the most demanding palates.

Space also to Onlus

The purpose of the Christmas City is to help the Onlus guests and support their projects. Among the non-profit organizations “Il laboratorio di Chiara” was born in memory of little Chiara, accredited at the Children’s Hospital Bambino Gesù in Rome. The aim of the association is to raise awareness about the neuro-oncological disease of children and to raise funds for research.

Another Onlus “Salvamamme” has been working for more than 20 years, intervening in moments of abandonment and loneliness of mothers and families in conditions of serious social and economic hardship, with support that extends to the health, psychological, legal, logistical, recreational, educational and training. Salvamme has great experience even in cases of extreme maternity and birth aninimo and offers help to women victims of violence.

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December 7, 2019 @ 11:30 UTC+1
December 15, 2019 @ 21:30 UTC+1
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Ex Forlanini
Piazza Carlo Forlanini, 1
Roma, Roma 00151 Italia
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