New Year's in Rome

Has anyone spent New Year's in Rome? Any suggestions, especially for two ladies traveling alone?

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
3353 posts

Recently in the past 15-20 years there has been the tendency to have outdoors events in the main piazzas in Italy (sort of like Times Square in NY). That was not the tradition in Italy where people tended to spend the 'Capodanno' (New Year's Eve) indoor at some party at home or in restaurants or discos etc. In Rome the tradition is to have the main events with concerts and so on around the viale dei Fori Imperiali (the boulevard along the Forum from Piazza Venezia to the Colosseum). But there are probably events everywhere. It's also a tradition to have a "Cenone" (big Dinner) at a restaurant on that evening. See if you see anything interesting, there are lots of websites. Just Google the words CAPODANNO and ROMA and you'll find plenty of info. If it's a site only in Italian, just Google Translate it. It might be too early now, but see what they have.

Posted by Charles
Katy, Texas, USA
204 posts

I would suggest you check the bulletin boards in several major churches. Santa Maria Maggiore is a good place to start. Many have special Christmas Day/New Years Day programs. We once enjoyed a free concert by Pavorotti at SMM on a Christmas Day.

Posted by Zoe
Toledo, Ohio, US
2529 posts

Santa Susanna is the American parish church in Rome, they have a website you might want to check out:

Posted by OKSANA
3 posts

All your suggestions and information is extremely useful. Thank you so much!!