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Ways to Celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve in Rome

Ways to Celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve in Rome

Whether you take a guided tour to see Rome's elaborate Christmas decorations illuminated after dark or take in the fireworks display on New Year's Eve, the Italian capital sparkles during the holiday season. Here's how to experience the magic.

Attend Christmas Mass or a Papal Blessing

For some, there's no better way to spend Christmas Eve in Rome than by going to mass at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Booking the experience in advance means you'll likely get a gourmet 3–course Christmas Eve dinner, too. Check out the special tours offered only on Christmas Day that include a papal blessing at St. Peter's.

Go Christmas Shopping

Germany may be better known for its holiday markets, but Rome's Christmas market in Piazza Navona offers visitors a wonderful excuse to pick up unique souvenirs or gifts for friends and family back home. The official sales season in Italy begins in early January, too, so if your itinerary keeps you in Rome for awhile after New Year's Eve, you may get to take advantage of some great discounts on Italian goods.

Listen to a Holiday Concert

Concerts take place year round in Rome, but around the holidays, you'll find opportunities to attend special seasonal concert events. Spend an evening in the eerie Capuchin Crypt for a Baroque Christmas concert, or celebrate New Year's in the gorgeous Doria Pamphilj Gallery for a performance of 17th-century music.

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Capuchin Crypt Christmas Baroque Concert in Rome

Capuchin Crypt Christmas Baroque Concert in Rome

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Gain exclusive after-hours access to the Church of S. Maria Immacolata and the Capuchin Crypt during this concert experience in Rome. Celebrate the holidays by listening to a beautiful performance by the Schola Romana Ensemble, who specializes in a capella. Plus, get a special tour of the crypt, which is famous for containing the skeletal remains of more than 3,000 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars.
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Bologna in 1 day by High Speed Train from Rome

Bologna in 1 day by High Speed Train from Rome

Meet our assistant at Termini railway station: he will hand out your train tickets and vouchers and provide some useful information. Then board the high-speed train to Bologna: the journey takes approximately 2h 25’. This package includes the entry fee to the the Asinelli Tower, the tallest leaning tower in the world, built between 1109 and 1119. You will climb the 500 steps of the most important symbol of Bologna and enjoy a wonderful view of the town from above. Then you will have the chance to taste some local food, a snack with a typical cold cut and a home-made gelato. You will also have time to explore the city centre independently. At the end of the day, travel back to Rome by train.
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