A visit to Rome for For Christmas and New Year 2014/15 | A guide of what to do
Date: 2014-08-18 17:13:27
Author: Samuel Heenan
ROME AT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS 2014/2015
So you planning your vacation for this Christmas 2014… A great destination for a Christmas and/or New Years break is the Italian Capital of Rome and the Vatican City of course. During the Christmas period the city looks magical with traditional festive lights and decorations throughout the city and the major monuments.
Lets have a look at what happens on a typical easter in Rome, what you can do while on your visit and some things to keep in mind while planning your trip.
You will find the prices higher than normal season for the New Year generally from the 29th until the 2nd of January, so expect to pay a premium of 15-30% on the normal high season prices. The price for Christmas will also be a little higher than the general prices in December but not as expensive as the New Years period.
Also to note the same will happen with trains and airfare, so basically the sooner you can book the better deal you should find.
Once you have decided on Rome as your destination for a Christmas and New Years break lets have a look for what's on offer.
Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican
Over the Christmas period is a great opportunity for followers of the Catholic Church to come to Rome and even get the chance to see the Pope. Papa Francesco will be giving a Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's which begins at 10pm. You can take part in the mass in St. Peter's square with the large screens showing live coverage of the mass inside the Basilica or if you are lucky enough to obtain a ticket. For the Christmas mass you will need to book quite a few months in advance, as demand is high you can apply for the tickets on the following link Christmas Mass Tickets.
New Years Eve in Rome 2015
For New Years Eve in Rome the traditional celebrations take place in Piazza Del Popolo with large crowds for music festivals and Fireworks. Otherwise, at the Colosseum you can usually find more of the same on Fori Imperiale with a free concert usually on show. As of now the details of this years act have not been released but will be updated once the concert lineup is known. Another great spot to see the firworks and take in NYE or "La Festa di San Silvestro" to the locals is Pincio overlooking Piazza del Popolo. Just walk to the top of the Spanish steps, head left and you will arrive at Villa Borghese and Pincio in approximately five minutes.
Rome Christmas Markets
Throughout December at Piazza Navona, one of Rome's most popular squares, is transformed into a huge Christmas market. You'll find stands selling all kinds of Christmas sweets, toys, nativity figures, decorations and gifts. There's a merry-go-round and the whole square is lit up with many street performers playing christmas Carols. You can also warm yourself up from the chilly weather with some hot wine. Definitely worth a visit!
Christmas Walking Tour
Take a Walking Tour of the Vatican Museums and the Ancient City during the Christmas period with your guide showing you around the Vatican Museums, skipping the long christmas lines along the way. You will also get to see the Nativity set in St. Peter's square, before having a break for lunch and then restarting visiting some of the city centre monuments lit up in lights, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna and then finishing off at the Christmas Markets in Piazza Navona.
For further information and to book the perfect Christmas Tour see: Rome Christmas Tour.
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