Planning to be in Rome on New Year's Eve?
Find out everything you need to know about what to do and what to expect!
If you will be in Rome for New Years, here's what you need to know:
Rome is a great place to spend New Years Eve!
There are plenty of options for enjoying a sumptuous New Years Eve dinner (cenone), fireworks, and a general atmosphere of partying and fun.
Many Romans have dinner at home, or at friends' houses, then go out afterwards to walk around soaking up the atmosphere and to watch the fireworks.
With the exception of New Years' Day, just about everything is open, the city is beautifully lit up, from the shops, to the street-decorations, to the giant trees at Piazza Venezia and in Saint Peter's Square.
All large outdoor gatherings have been banned / cancelled for New Year's Eve 2021 /2022 in Rome.
This year the Christmas Market in Piazza Navona was also cancelled.
But this doesn't mean you can't enjoy Rome by night and walk around and see the beautiful Christmas decorations and lights.
And as of December 29, fireworks are still a go.
From midnight, there will be fireworks going off all around Rome, for about 15 minutes.
You can see fireworks from large monuments, piazzas, and bridges in Rome, where you might already be celebrating anyway.
If you can get to a high up vantage point, you will have great views.
Such points include the Gianicolo Hill (a fairly large, wide-open space that can accommodate a lot of people), Pincio above Piazza del Popolo, the Orange Tree Garden (a smaller space and it will be crowded), and any rooftop you can get to.
Great viewing spots include hotel rooftops, so even if you don't go to one of their cenone (big dinner), you can try the rooftop bar (you will need to reserve).
It won't come cheaply though!
Drinks on any hotel rooftop bar are almost always steep, any time of the year. But it might be worth it to view all the fireworks around you.
(For those asking where to watch fireworks without crowds, the only way to do this is at a private home of someone with a rooftop. All the public spaces will likely be full of people and pretty loud.)
If you don't feel like being out in the cold, or dealing with large street crowds and noise, you might want to spend New Years Eve in Rome indoors.
This includes having a big cenone (dinner), but you might also want something more lively like:
The Three Tenors - Enjoy New Year's Eve Concert in Rome in the beautiful Caravita Church in the center of Rome.
The singers are some of Rome's most talented, and they do credit to the original Three Tenors.
December 31, 2021, and January 1, 2022.
Tickets from 45€.
Sparkling wine after the concert is included.
Greet the new year in Rome with a beautiful lyrical concert of classic opera and concert music. Works include pieces by Puccini, Strauss, Rossini, Verdi, Mozart, and many more.
December 31, 2021, and January 1, 2022.
Tickets from 35€. Great for families; wheelchair accessible.
There's nothing like Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker to ring in the New Year.
See this beautiful ballet in one of Rome's official opera halls, the Costanza Theater.
Playing December 21, 2021 - January 2, 2022.
Check out the Rome Gospel Festival at the Rome Auditorium.
There will be a special New Year's Eve show by DaNell Daymon & Greater Works Choir.
Tickets from 25€.
Check out the Great Opera Arias concert.
Held in the beautiful theater of Santa Chiara complete with cocktail bar, this intimate event is a lovely way to spend an evening, including New Year's Eve, in Rome.
Tickets from 36€.
On December 31 2021, Rome's Metro (lines A-B / B1-C) will be running until 2:30am 2022.
The entire bus network will stop service at 9 PM with the exception of lines H-2-128-170-200-280-301-336-544-766-881-905 which will make the last departures from the terminus at 2.30 AM. The night line n913 will be active from 9 PM to 2.30 AM. Line 2 will be active by bus instead of tram.
Taxis will be hard to come by. Don't count on finding one easily!
And if you are thinking you will just use Uber, think again. Find out more about taking taxis in Rome here.
Bottom line - either pre-book a private car service, or just don't plan to count on finding taxis in Rome New Years Eve.
Well this one's kind of a no-brainer: In Rome, New Years Eve is cold. It's winter.
But for some reason, and this is, of course, only anecdotal, I don't remember it raining (and definitely not snowing!) for any of the New Years Eves I've spent in Rome. And I've been here for New Years every year since 1997.
So count on cold weather (and rain, because you never know.)
Bundle up! Especially if you will be standing still in a piazza, or to watch fireworks. Wear warm gloves, a scarf and a hat.
Wear layers too, starting with a kind of silk/cashmere/light wool undergarment like a tank top, camisole, henley or t-shirt.
You may not be surprised to know that Italians ring in the new year with spumante or prosecco (sparkling wine) and with fireworks displays starting at midnight.
Here are some more interesting Italian New Years Eve traditions you may not have heard of:
Now, what to do with the rest of the day?
Visit my page all about Rome New Years Day, for ideas about things to do and what to expect.
If you are spending New Years in another part of Italy, check out this informative, up-to-date page by Martha Bakerjian. Happy New Year!!!
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