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IN PICTURES: Italy lights up for Christmas

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IN PICTURES: Italy lights up for Christmas
The finishing touches are added to the tree outside the Vatican. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP
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December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, marks the start of the Christmas festivities for a lot of Italians, meaning many towns got a Christmassy makeover on Thursday. Here's a look at some of our favourite festive displays across the country.

Rome

The lights of the Christmas tree outside Piazza Venezia in central Rome were turned on by mayor Virginia Raggi on Thursday - watch the illumination in the video below.

 
'Buone feste' means 'happy holidays' - these lights are located by Piazza del Popolo.
 
 

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And at St Peter's Square, the tree is accompanied by the traditional Nativity scene.

 

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Florence's Duomo

 

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St Mark's Square, Venice

Milan

The lights in Milan were turned on on December 7th, to celebrate local public holiday, the Feast of Saint Ambrose.

 

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The Basilica of Saint Ambrose.

 

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The Galleria di Vittorio Emanuele, one of the world's oldest shopping centres.

 

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And of course, the Duomo.

Lovere, Bergamo

A spectacular light show marks the start of the festive season in this small town in Lombardy.

 

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Amatrice

The Lazio region made sure Amatrice and the other towns still recovering from August's deadly earthquake were able to share in the Christmas cheer.

Amatrice. The Christmas tree has been turned on. This is how life returns, the future is being rebuilt.

Earlier in the week, a skydiving Santa Claus had descended on the town to hand out sweets and gifts to children, as well as a donation to the heads of local schools. 

Bologna

The porticoes which line many of student city Bologna's streets have had a sparkly makeover for the holiday season.

 

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Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites

In the Veneto village, this ski destination is a perfect place for a cosy Christmas.

 

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Turin

The northern city has marked the start of the holiday season in style with this bejewelled tree.

 

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Livigno, in the Alps

It's hard to feel anything but Christmassy at this mountain village near the Swiss border.

 

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Lake Como

Como puts on a brilliant festive light show, with moving illuminations on buildings around the main piazza.

 

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