10 Amazing Events Happening in Rome this January

By Megan Millisky

Rome is usually quiet and tourist-free in January. That makes it a perfect time to travel if you want to explore like a local! There are far fewer lines for attractions and events and there are better vantage points for snapping that perfect picture! Check out all the musical events, parades and festivals in Rome, Italy this January.

1. New Year’s Day Parade

On January 1, Italians gather to celebrate the new year and World Day of Peace. The parade winds through Rome, ending in St. Peter’s Square. Over 100,000 people gather in the square as the Pope gives his annual New Year’s Day blessing.

Address: Piazza San Pietro CittĂ  del Vaticano Vatican City

2. New Year’s Opera Concert

January 2, head to this romantic New Year’s concert at the Throne Hall of Palazzo Doria Pamphilj. The concert features traditional duets by Italian composers like Verdi and Puccini.

Address: Via del Corso, 305, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

3. Epiphania

January 6, join in this lovely tradition. Hundreds of people don medieval costumes and walk through the streets of the Vatican. People bring gifts to the Pope. When the parade reaches St. Peters Cathedral, the Pope delivers a morning mass.

Address: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 CittĂ  del Vaticano, Vatican City

4. Da Vinci Experience

January 8-March 31, Da Vinci’s inventions and artwork come to life! Learn all about Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions, paintings, sketches, and more. Replicas of his inventions are the stars of the show.

Address: Via della Conciliazione 00193 Roma RM Italy

5. Roma Tango Weekend

Roma Tango Weekend is a popular dancing festival from January 10-13. Over 200 international dancers. Ticket price includes dinners and refreshments. And the venue offers a large dance floor, a garden, and a swimming pool.

Address: VCM3+JG Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

6. New Year’s Concert

Make sure to get tickets early for this popular New Year’s Concert! Listen to 17th-century music performed on original period instruments. Sant’Agnese is full of baroque sculptures and gorgeous marble - discover this amazing building on January 1..

Address: Via di Santa Maria dell'Anima, 30/A, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

7. Visit St. Peter’s Tomb

January is the recommended time to visit many popular Roman destinations because, with fewer visitors, you’re able to sight-see more freely. This is true of St. Peter’s Tomb in the Vatican Grottoes. The site, inside St. Peters Chapel, is free to visit.

Address: Piazza San Pietro CittĂ  del Vaticano Vatican City

8. Swan Lake

Through January 8, watch this Tchaikovsky classic! This lovely ballet combines dancing and classical music to create an unforgettable experience.

Address: Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

9. New Year’s Concert

Trek to Navona Square for a nice night out. This concert will feature compositions by Verdi, Rossini, and Puccini. An aperitif is included in the ticket price.

Address: Via di Santa Maria dell'Anima, 30, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

10. Small Plates and Pizza Food Tour

Try traditional Roman pizza, cheese, meat, and more! A guide will show you local restaurants where you can sample fresh Italian cuisine. The tour finishes with a pizza-making course, then gelato for dessert.

Address: Calle Ghetto Vecchio, 1139, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy

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