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Rome New Year's Eve: what to do and where to go

Celebrating New Year in Rome: events, parties and traditions.

Rome will ring in 2024 with a free New Year's concert at the Circus Maximus featuring Blanco, Lazza and Michielin.

 

The Roma 2024. You are here concert kicks off on 31 December at 21.30, with a dj set by Dimensione Suono Roma keeping the party going into the wee hours.

 

For those who want to see out 2023 by combining sport with the sights of the Eternal City, the We Run Rome event takes place through the streets of the capital on New Year's Eve afternoon.
From a cultural point of view, the city hosts the Roma Gospel Festival at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, and The Nutcracker at Rome's opera house, on New Year's Eve.


New Year's Eve clubbing and parties
 

Capodanno parties will be held in bars, night clubs and hotels across the city but bookings should be made as far in advance as possible.

 

Some of the best places to dance the night away include Cosmo Festival at Palazzo dei Congressi, Palazzo BrancaccioLanificio, Micca, ShariVari, Rashomon and Room 26.

 

Other venues worth checking out for New Year's Eve include Alcazar LiveCasina Valadier, Baja, Orion Club, Monti Palace Hotel and Villa dei Principi.

 

There are also plenty of parties at popular bars and diners such as Drink Kong, Hard Rock CafeScholars LoungeAbbey Theatre and Finnegan’s.

New Year's food

The traditional Italian New Year’s Eve meal consists of cotechino (similar to salami), zampone (stuffed pig’s trotters), and lentils which are meant to bring luck for the coming year, all washed down with a glass or two of prosecco or spumante.

Dining out

If you wish to dine out on New Year's Eve it is best to reserve your table well in advance – and be prepared to pay more than usual.

 

Restaurant guide Puntarella Rossa offers a good list of suggestions of where to eat in Rome on New Year's Eve. For more inspiration see Wanted in Rome's restaurant listings

Fireworks

The best places to watch fireworks light up the skies over Rome include the Gianicolo, over Trastevere, and Pincio, over Piazza del Popolo.

The city has banned the use of firecrackers, bangers and other explosive material from New Year's Eve until 6 January.

 

Rome in New Year

New Year's Eve traditions

A well-known but almost-extinct Capodanno tradition (in Rome at least) involves people throwing old objects out the window, symbolising their readiness to welcome in the new year.
Another Italian superstition holds that wearing red underwear when the clock strikes midnight will bring good luck for the year ahead.

Getting home

Metro services run until 02.30 on New Year's Eve (early hours of 1 Jan), substituted from 03.30 until 08.00 with nightbuses. On New Year's Day, Rome's public transport network resumes at 08.00 and follows the normal festivo timetable.

New Year's Day Parade

 

Some of America's best-known high school marching bands will stage a free, family-orientated parade in central Rome on 1 January to celebrate New Year's Day.
The annual event involves US marching bands joining forces with Italian musical folk groups to perform alongside majorettes, street performers, dancers and historical re-enactors, starting in Piazza del Popolo at 15.30.

Capodarte

Rome will mark New Year’s Day with Capodarte, a programme of more than 80 free cultural events taking place across the city.

Plunge into the Tiber?

One of the city’s most unusual spectacles on New Year’s Day is the Tuffo nel Tevere.At midday daredevil divers thrill the crowds by making the 17-metre plunge off Ponte Cavour into the icy waters of the Tiber below.
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