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