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 during New Year’s Eve. There are special traditions that italians have for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
There are many different places where to enjoy New Year’s Eve dinner (cenone), admire fireworks, party with friends or family. Luckily, everything works in Rome in the period from 24th of December until 6th of January, when there are especially many visitors of the Eternal City. However, most of the spots are closed on 25th of December and 1st of Janury. Be careful if you plan something important for these dates since public transportation and taxis will also work slower and less regularly than usually.
There is a tradition among Italians to celebrate Christmas with family, while on New Year’s night everyone is going out to party with friends in one of the night clubs, restaurants or just to admire fireworks and shows on famous Roman squares. Undoubtedly, there is a reservation needed for any place you are going to visit this night if you want to find a seat for you. Be prepared that the next day, on 1st of January, all Roman points of interest and shops will be closed.
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 nothing can spoil your impression about Rome. In December-January, an average temperature is 10°C (49°F) – 15°C (59°F). December is one of the coolest months per year. During this month Rome experiences an average of six hours of sunshine each day.
Undoubtedly, one of the main 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 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 that 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
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Where to stay in Rome is always one of the main questions that visitors ask prior to their trip. Make sure to book a hotel with convenient location to discover streets of the Eternal city by foot or short taxi rides. Moreover, my advice is to book a hotel near area of the Pantheon! Thus, you will easily reach all main Roman attractions and points of interest by 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 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 feature of the hotel is not only its central location, but 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 favorite in Rome!
Argentina Residenza Style Hotel located in a 5 minutes walk 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 stopping is 10m away. Also, you can reach the Vatican City, Piazza Venezia and Termini station by bus.
Yellow has been acknowledged as the best hostel in Rome in 2011. As 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 in 5 minutes walking distance, which is a comfortable location to reach any point of the city. The Yellow is an excellent choice in terms of price and quality. The price per person (one night) starts from 25 euro.
New Year’s Eve is mostly a street festival in Rome. Romans prefer to eat at home or in the restaurant, but all of them traditionally go out at midnight to the city center, to the Colosseum or any famous Roman square to admire fireworks. Most of the night clubs 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 trip to the Eternal city without 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 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 festival for New Year’s Eve and New Year in Rome, named “The Moon.” Its celebration starts on December 31, 2019 at 9 pm. Importantly, 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 free performances and different art installations around Rome. For instance, you can visit Piazza Sant’Anastasia, Cinema Reale or Teatro India. Moreover, there will be a live concert to salute 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 1st of January from 10 am until 4 am, your family can take part in a special program of games, music, dance, contests, tales and exhibitions at Giardino degli Aranci at the Biblioteca Centrale Ragazzi.
Since it is winter and the weather is cold, there is also a variety of interesting events in Rome indoor.
Let’s party hard! There are many night clubs in Rome with interesting show program for the New Year’s night. Prices start from 50 euro per person (better plan to spend at least 100 euro) and find time to sleep before the party because everyone will dance until the sunrise 🙂
New Year’s Eve 2020 “A tutta Birra” at Piper night club with typical bavarian menu and plenty of beer! You can starts from 9 pm, where live music will be playing until midnight and then, wait for the Dj set with house music.
Amore is one of the most famous festivals of Rome. This year wait for Blawan, Shlomo, Anetha, TBA and other djs. If you like techno, house, trap, electro, industrial, disco and electronic music, this party is for you.
Art Cafe is one of the most popular Roman night clubs with famous parties. Of course, this is one of the most fun and memorable options where to celebrate the New Year’s night. The club offers different entrance options for its guests with any budget.
Cosmo is the techno festival which connects three big venues of the EUR district: Spazio 900, Room 26 and Salone delle Fontane. You have to buy one ticket to entry each of these locations. This year among djs will be Joseph Capriati, Amelie Lens, Sam Paganini, Marco Faraone, Pan Pot, Ilario Alicante, Apparat dj and others.
La Cabala disco and piano bar has three floors: piano bar, restaurant “Hostaria dell’Orso” and disco on the top floor. There are amazing views of Castel Sant’Angelo and Saint Peter’s square. It is perfect for people older than 25 years old.
There are numerous restaurants in Rome that offer a New Year’s Eve menu. However, if you want to celebrate this holiday in a restaurant with a nice menu, don’t forget to make a reservation at least 1-2 weeks in advance. Of course, one of the main sources where you can find best Roman restaurants is Trip Advisor.
Luxury Celebration of the New Year? Welcome to the Roof Garden Restaurant La Griffe located inside a luxury hotel with amazing panoramic terrace. This is one of the most romantic and wonderful options with live music and mediterranean dishes.
Lo Zodiaco is one of the most famous restaurants in Rome. For the New Year it will offer a romantic dinner with two rich menus: vegetarian and classic, including wines, desserts, cotechino with lentils and live music.
New Year’s Eve at Taverna Cairoli includes dinner and live music. It is a typical restaurant in the city center of Rome, near Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. There is a really good quality of food and interesting show program prepared for its guests.
La Romantica restaurant offers two set menus (fish or meat) that include starters, first courses and main courses in an authentic Mediterranean tradition. Of course, there will be a special Christmas dessert. Amazing place if you are looking for nice 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 order amazing italian dishes and dance all night long at the same time. Its New Year’s Eve 2020 menu includes Christmas cakes, wine and other drinks followed by dj set.
On December 31, 2019, the Metro runs from 5:30 am to 3:30 am on January 1, 2020. The same schedule works with the line to Ostia Lido and Roma-Flaminia Montebello. Then, from 3:30 am to 8 am the 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
For the last 6 years I live in the Eternal City. Traveling, exploring new things, writing blogs, shooting vlogs are my main hobbies, but the thing that I like even more is to share my experience and thoughts with you! Explore Rome with Us :)
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