New Year’s celebration in Rome may become one of the best experiences of your life! Just imagine the Eternal City full of lights and bright colors. Undoubtedly, it is an excellent idea to visit Rome on New Year’s Eve. Italians have unique traditions for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
There are many different places to enjoy New Year’s Eve dinner (cenone), admire fireworks, and party with friends or family. Luckily, everything works in Rome from December 24 until January 6, when there are especially many visitors to the Eternal City. However, most of the spots are closed on December 25 and January 1. Be careful if you plan something significant for these dates since public transportation and taxis will also work slower and less regular than usual.
There is a tradition among Italians to celebrate Christmas with family. On New Year’s night, everyone will party with friends in one of the nightclubs and restaurants or admire fireworks and shows on famous Roman squares. Undoubtedly, a reservation is needed for any place you will visit this night if you want to find a seat for yourself. Be prepared that the next day, January 1, all Roman points of interest and shops will be closed.
Feel free to request a consultation on planning your cultural holiday during the New Year holidays. I will be happy to help with advice, plan the perfect excursion program, and book places in restaurants. You can always count on me in Rome, Kate.
Roman weather is always amazing since there are mostly sunny days each year. However, better take warm clothes and umbrellas in case of rain. Don’t worry; the atmosphere of the Eternal City and the weather are always friendly, warm, and charming so that nothing can spoil your impression of Rome. In December-January, the average temperature is 10°C (49°F) – 15°C (59°F). December is one of the most incredible months of the year. This month, Rome experiences an average of six hours of sunshine each day.
Undoubtedly, one of the leading Italian New Year’s Eve traditions is to wear red underwear if you want to be lucky. Moreover, in the past, Italians threw porcelain out of the window! However, this custom is not common nowadays for safety reasons. Another tradition is to make a big New Year’s dinner, which is called cenone. It can be at someone’s house or restaurant. In addition, in some regions of Italy, people throw away from their windows all old stuff, which means they are throwing out the past.
The most popular tradition is to eat lentils after midnight on New Years because it brings fortune for the coming year.
Where to stay in Rome is always one of visitors’ main questions before their trip. Therefore, make sure to book a hotel with a convenient location to discover the streets of Eternal city by foot or short taxi rides. Moreover, my advice is to book a hotel near the area of the Pantheon! Thus, you will easily reach all main Roman attractions and points of interest on foot. Here are several best hotels recommendations for any budget:
Gran Melia is located in central Rome with views from its rooms to the Vatican, Castel Sant’Angelo, Vicolo di Sant’Onofrio, and the hotel’s garden. It has an on-site spa and an outdoor swimming pool. Trastevere area is a perfect choice for travelers looking for Italian food, city walks, and culture.
Hotel Ponte Sisto is a former monastery with an amazing courtyard, where every morning buffet breakfast is offered. The hotel’s feature is its central location and modern, spacious rooms with all facilities.
Moreover, the staff of Hotel Ponte Sisto is attentive and helpful. They can provide useful tourist information and help with the organization of any excursions. The area of Piazza Navona is a great choice for travelers interested in local food, city walks, and culture. Undoubtedly, this hotel is one of my favorites in Rome!
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Argentina Residenza Style Hotel is located 5 minutes’ walk away from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Equally important, it offers elegant, non-smoking, air-conditioned rooms with an LCD TV with Sky channels and a minibar. Largo di Torre Argentina square is just 100m from the hotel, while a bus stop is 10m away. Also, you can reach Vatican City, Piazza Venezia, and Termini station by bus.
Yellow was acknowledged as the best hostel in Rome in 2011. As with any other hostel, it is intended mostly for people younger than 40 years old. Undoubtedly, the hostel is popular for its friendly atmosphere, bright colors, also private en suite rooms. It is important to note that Termini station is only 5 minutes away, which is a comfortable location to reach any city’s point. The Yellow is an excellent choice in terms of price and quality. The price per person (one night) starts from 25 euros.
New Year’s Eve is primarily a street festival in Rome. Romans prefer to eat at home or in a restaurant. Still, all of them traditionally go to the city center, the Colosseum, or any famous Roman square to admire fireworks at midnight. In addition, most of the nightclubs work to celebrate the New Year, so you can choose among many places where to spend an unforgettable night. Romans will not sleep all night long, and this is one of the best holidays of the year!
How is it possible to imagine a trip to the Eternal city without a visit to its main points of interest? If you are coming to Rome during Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, make sure to book private guided tours in advance since it is a high season, and there is a chance that there will be no free spots left. Our tour guides will tell you more stories about the Italian holidays and teach you how to celebrate as real Romans do!
Note: if you wish to book a transfer from the airport to your hotel in Rome, make sure to do it in advance since many Italians do not work on holidays and there will be no free drivers for last-minute bookings. I recommend you to book a transfer on Mercedes E class with the best driver in Rome – Sergio: www.rome4.us
There is a big New Year’s Eve and New Year festival in Rome named “The Moon.” Its celebration starts on December 31, 2024, at 9 pm. Notably, the festival includes 100 events with 1000 artists from different countries. Of course, admission to the festival is free.
Note: Bring your own drinks, but better without glass bottles
From 3 am to 8 am, there will be many accessible performances and art installations around Rome. For instance, you can visit Piazza Sant’Anastasia, Cinema Reale, or Teatro India. Moreover, a live concert will salute the sunrise of the first day of the year on Ponte della Scienza from 7 am.
The city of Rome organizes amazing kids’ entertainment events for the New Year. On January 1, from 10 am until 4 am, your family can participate in a unique program of games, music, dance, contests, tales, and exhibitions at Giardino degli Aranci at the Biblioteca Centrale Ragazzi.
Since winter and the weather are cold, there are also various exciting events in Rome indoors.
Let’s party hard! There are many nightclubs in Rome with interesting show programs for New Year’s night. Prices start from 50 euros per person (it is better to plan to spend at least 100 euros), and find time to sleep before the party because everyone will dance until sunrise 🙂
New Year’s Eve 2020 “A Tutta Birra” at Piper nightclub with a typical bavarian menu and plenty of beer! You can start at 9 pm, with live music playing until midnight, and then wait for the Dj set with house music.
Amore is one of the most famous festivals in Rome. This year wait for Blawan, Shlomo, Anetha, TBA, and other DJs. This party is for you if you like techno, house, trap, electro, industrial, disco, and electronic music.
Art Cafe is one of the most popular Roman nightclubs with famous parties. So, of course, this is one of the most fun and unique options to celebrate New Year’s night. The club offers different entrance options for its guests with any budget.
Cosmo is the techno festival that connects three big venues of the EUR district: Spazio 900, Room 26, and Salone delle Fontane. You have to buy one ticket to enter each of these locations. This year, the DJs will be Joseph Capriati, Amelie Lens, Sam Paganini, Marco Faraone, Pan-Pot, Ilario Alicante, Apparat DJ, etc.
La Cabala disco and piano bar has three floors: piano bar, restaurant “Hostaria dell’Orso” and disco on the top floor. There are fantastic views of Castel Sant’Angelo and Saint Peter’s square. It is perfect for people older than 25 years old.
Numerous restaurants in Rome offer a New Year’s Eve menu. However, if you want to celebrate this holiday in a restaurant with an excellent menu, don’t forget to make a reservation at least 1-2 weeks in advance. Of course, Trip Advisor is one of the primary sources where you can find the best Roman restaurants.
Luxury Celebration of the New Year? Welcome to the Roof Garden Restaurant La Griffe inside a luxury hotel with an amazing panoramic terrace. This is one of the most romantic and beautiful options, with live music and Mediterranean dishes.
New Year’s Eve at Taverna Cairoli includes dinner and live music. It is a typical restaurant in Rome’s city center, near Campo de Fiori, Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon. There is excellent food quality and an exciting show program for its guests.
La Romantica restaurant offers two set menus (fish or meat): starters, first courses, and main courses in an authentic Mediterranean tradition. Of course, there will be a special Christmas dessert. Fantastic place if you are looking for a friendly atmosphere and tasty food.
Target is a modern restaurant located in the city center of Rome. It perfectly combines taste and music, where you can simultaneously order unique Italian dishes and dance all night long. For example, it’s New Year’s Eve 2024 menu includes Christmas cakes, wine, and other drinks, followed by a DJ set.
On December 31, 2023, the Metro ran from 5:30 am to 3:30 am on January 1, 2024. The exact schedule works with the line to Ostia Lido and Roma-Flaminia Montebello. Then, from 3:30 am to 8 am, lines N1, N2, N2L, and N28 drive along the metro lines and N3 from Piazza Venezia to Ostia.
From 9 pm to 3:30 am the following lines operate:
So, where are you going to celebrate the New Year’s Eve? 🙂
Author: Kate Zusmann
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