How to celebrate Thanksgiving in Rome

Rome's American community celebrates Thanksgiving 2019.

Thanksgiving is not a holiday widely celebrated in Rome however there are some places offering traditional food and festivities on Thursday 28 November 2019.

The American International Club of Rome hosts a Thanksgiving Toast for members and guests, at the Rose Garden Palace on Via Boncompagni 19, from 18.30-21.30 on 21 November. 

On the day itself, America’s Catholic Church in Rome, St Patrick's, hosts a special Thanksgiving Day Mass at 10.30 on Via Boncompagni 31. This is normally followed by the community's traditional Blueberry and Cranberry Muffin reception.

Hard Rock Cafe, the American-style bar and grill on Via Veneto 62, provides Thanksgiving food and live music each year, but advance booking is required.

Traditional Thanksgiving favourites are usually offered at Bakery House as well as at the Piazza Navona branch of Vivi Bistrot.

Thanksgiving is also celebrated at the Abbey Theatre on Via del Governo Vecchio 51/53; Drunken Ship in Campo de' Fiori; Scholars Lounge on Via del Plebiscito 101; and the Highlander on Vicolo di S. Biagio 9.

For those who would prefer to cook at home, the Castroni chain of shops stock many of the ingredients needed for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Meanwhile those who wish to buy a turkey are advised to order it from the butcher about a week in advance, specifying the size required.

The US embassy in Rome is closed to the public on Thanksgiving Day.

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