The city has been transformed. There are lights above every street; some have green garland arches with white stars dangling beneath, some have icicle lights that reflect off the cars driving beneath them, and some have a single strand zigzagging over people’s heads. Since the sun now sets at 4:30pm – no joke – one can enjoy the magical lights for most of the evening.
The two main piazzas are a breathtaking sight. Piazza Arringo has giant glowing balls hanging from the top bell tower all the way down to the horse fountains on the ground. There is also a giant Christmas tree and ice-skating rink in the middle of the piazza.
Piazza del Popolo contains the most beautiful decorations of all. Strands of shooting-star lights swerve down over the square and reflect off the smooth floor below. The lights move, so when you stand in the middle of the piazza and look up at the sky, it really looks like there are shooting stars above you. I have never seen anything like it. [...]