Italy's capital city has been named the best place in Europe for a festive break.
When most people think of Rome, the first images that come to mind are of the Colosseum or Forum in the stunning Italian sunshine.
The city’s historical sights are a huge attraction as holidaymakers hope to walk among the ancient monuments in hot weather.
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But, while Rome is the perfect place to visit in summer when you can cool off with an Aperol Spritz in the sunshine, it's also a magical destination in the winter.
In a poll of 2,000 Brits of winter break intentions conducted by easyJet, over half said trying local food was high on their agenda.
More than half of participants travel to where there is likely to be snow, and 67% are keen to see Christmas markets, reports the Mirror.
The Italian capital certainly doesn't tick the snow box, as flakes have only fallen there on seven times in the past 20 years.
What it does have in abundance is an air of seasonal romance, gorgeous streets to wander among and glittering attractions.
Christmas in Rome is full of luminous light shows, high religious ceremonies, and the famous Piazza Novana.
Those who do want a slice of pizza along with their festive magic can book a three night stay, with breakfast, at the 4*Arsfor £221 per person including 23kg of luggage per person and flights from London Gatwick on 14 December 2022.
The second most sought after Christmas break destination was Paris.
The European capital of love ticks all of the boxes when it comes to a minibreak, including beautiful light displays, ice skating, funfairs and markets.
Paris is perfect for couples too – and one woman recently flew to the city on a date to drink Champagne by the Eiffel Tower.
Three nights at the 4*Originals Boutique Maison Montmartrecosts £275 per person including 23kg of luggage per person and flights from Bristol on 12 December 2022.
Amsterdam took the third podium spot.
Visitors to the Dutch capital can go skating by the famous ‘I Am Amsterdam’ sign or take a walk by the illuminated canals.
Tuck into stroopwaffels and delicious cheeses while you’re there.
The city is aiming to reduce problematic and rowdy tourists as new plans have been presented to the council.
But, cultural tourists set to enjoy the history, food and atmosphere of Amsterdam continue to be welcomed.
Three nights at the 3*Best Western Zaan Innon a Bed & Breakfast basis for £249 per person including 23kg of luggage per person and flights from London Stansted on 13 December 2022.
Berlin, a vibrant city full of history, adventure, and unique culture, is fourth in the rankings.
Germany’s capital is home to some of the world’s best Christmas markets and is regularly treated to a heavy coat of snow.
There’s lots of mulled wine and gingerbread to enjoy too.
Three nights at the 4*Art’otel Berlin Kudammcan be yours for £309 per person including 23kg of luggage per person and flights from London Gatwick on 12 December 2022.
Those looking to head a little further afield may want to visit Reykjavik.
The Icelandic capital has welcomed more and more visitors who enjoy a flourishing festive food and drink scene and a kaleidoscope of brightly painted houses that offer endless satisfying photo opportunities.
The high chances of seeing the Northern Lights sweetens the deal and you can take a dip in the Blue Lagoon even in the middle of winter.
Three nights with breakfast at the 4*Centerhotel Arnarhvollare available for £283 per person including 23kg of luggage per person and flights from London Gatwick on 12 December 2022.
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