This three-day pass not only gives you unlimited access to public transportation, it allows you to skip the long lines at some of the most popular attractions.

The Roma Pass costs 30 Euro and entitles holders to free admission to the first two museums or archaeological sites visited, as well as discounts for many other museums and sites.

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Although the Romans used spruce and fir trees decorated with lighted candles and trinkets during Saturnalia rituals, the Christmas tree as we know it is a German tradition believed by some to have originated in the 8th century with Winfrid, an English missionary later known as St. Others attribute the origin of the Christmas tree to Martin Luther in the 16th century.

Luther, inspired by the beauty of the stars on Christmas Eve night, is said to have cut an evergreen and put lighted candles on it to represent the starry sky above the stable the night Christ was born.

Small inconveniences—or, more accurately, cultural differences—aside, Italy is the type of city that leaves you breathless, racing from one magnificent site to another.

Using the Roma Pass is a terrific tool that guarantees you’ll be able to get from the Colosseum to the Vatican to Trevi Fountain.

It pays for itself the first time you use it as you enter the Colosseum quickly and smugly, bypassing the long ticket line.

If Rome is exciting and energetic during the day, it is ethereal at night, especially when the streets are lit with electric fairy lights and stars.

The hectic pace begins as soon as you enter the city, most likely through Roma Termini, the central train station named for the ancient Baths of Diocletian, which lie across the street from the main entrance.

From here, you can catch the A and B metro lines or a bus at Piazza Cinquecento, the square in front of the station.

Because the color green represented eternal life, plants that remained green throughout the year played an important role in these celebrations.