Rome December Via dei Condotti

Rome December 2022 · Events · Climate · Food

Last Updated on 13. December 2022

In December in Rome, the shopping streets are full and the museums are empty. There are many nativity scenes to see, festive streets and stores.

What’s on in Rome in December?

Enjoy the spirit of the Christmas season, stroll the shopping streets, visit museums and nativity scenes and enjoy the rustic Roman cuisine. Temperatures are mild and there is no frost.

There are concerts from classical music to current Italian youth culture and some nice Christmas markets.

Read also our latest information about COVID rules in Italy and in Rome.

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December in Rome

Until the middle of the month there are hardly any tourists in Rome. Accommodation is therefore cheaper and even very good hotel can be booked cheaply. We always recommend choosing accommodation in the center, between the Spanish Steps and the Tiber River or even in Monti, between Via Nazionale and the Colosseum. You can then reach the most beautiful places on foot and rarely need public transport. Read our information about Hotels in Rome.

Rome December Piazza Navona

To get to know Rome, a tour with the open hop on hop off buses is a good idea. One round takes 90 minutes. December the buses leave every 25 to 50 minutes, depending on the line. Details about the lines can be found in our information about the hop on hop off buses.

Rome is a very green city. The temperatures are very pleasant for walks in one of the autumn Roman villas. There are many beautiful viewpoints in Rome that can be hiked, for example with a tour from Capitoline Hill to the Aventine. There are also many options for jogging, for example from the Tiber through Trastevere to Gianicolo Hill and Villa Pamphili, or from the city center to Villa Borghese.

In Naples, via di San Gregorio Armeno is the street of the nativity scene makers. Naples, but also Pompeii or Florence can be easily reached in a day by high speed train or with organized tours.

How cold it is

Temperatures are usually higher in Rome in December than in northern Europe. In the morning the air is cold and there can be fog. As long as the sun shines, it is pleasant. In the evening and at night it is cold. It can get frosty cold at the turn of the year.

Climate data December

Tmax Ø12°C/53.6°F
Tmin Ø5°C/41°F
Sunshine hours Ø3.5
Days with rain Ø10


Rome December Piazza Navona

It can rain occasionally in December and there can be lightning storms. The rain does not last long, but it is very intense. Everything gets submerged within a few minutes and you have to find a shelter. After 15 or 30 minutes, everything is usually over again.

At the turn of the year there are often strong cold winds and in some years it can be quite uncomfortable with a long drizzle.

Rome December Ghetto Turtle Fountain

Since you spend a lot of time outdoors in Rome, you need warm clothing and rainwear. Also important in Rome are comfortable shoes, as you will be walking a lot and the walkways are often bumpy.

Rome for early risers

Rome December St. Peter's Square early morning

Of course, it takes some overcoming to get up in the dark. Nevertheless, We would like to recommend that you start a day early in the morning. There is very little traffic in Rome until six o’clock in the morning and you can take beautiful photos of monuments and squares undisturbed. With a little luck, you’ll find a misty morning that offers beautiful and unique photo opportunities. The sunrise is in Rome in December between 7:19 and 7:38.

Christmas Shopping

Italian fashion is known worldwide and everyone will envy you for your purchases.

Rome December Galleria Colonna

In December, the shops are particularly attractive. They are beautifully decorated for Christmas and the shopping at the mild temperatures in Rome is very pleasant.

The luxury brands can be found around Via dei Condotti, which leads from the Spanish Steps to Via del Corso. Along Via del Corso you will find shops in all price ranges.

Rome December La Rinascente Tritone

A special consumption temple is the department store La Rinascente in via del Tritone. In the basement you can visit the ancient aqueduct which supplies water to the Trevi Fountain and the fountains in Piazza Navona. On the roof terrace you have a wonderful view over the city.

Also in the side streets around Piazza Navona and around Campo de ‘Fiori there are many nice little shops and boutiques.

Other shopping streets are Via Cola di Rienzo and Via Appia. The Via Marconi and the Via Tuscolana as well as the newly built shopping centers are too far away from the center for most tourists. Read about shopping in Rome.

Welcome to Rome show

Welcome to Rome Multimediashow

In the center of Rome, between the Vatican and Piazza Navona, a 30-minute multidimensional film show and an exhibition with interactive models await you.

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 203 Google maps Bus 46, 62, 64, 916 Vittorio Emanuele / Navona


Avoid queues

Keeping your distance is a necessary precaution. Avoid the queues and make a daily schedule. In our category 3 days in Rome you will find suggestions that you can combine with each other.

Rome December Ciampino queue

Since you have to reserve in advance at most museums, there are only queues at free attractions such as St. Peter’s Basilica and the Pantheon. Until mid-December, however, the risk of queues is low. There are almost always queues at ticket offices in airports and at the ticket machines. Bookings on the Internet are therefore the best choice.


Organize the journey from the airport to the hotel in advance and read our information about the metro and how you can get tickets quickly and easily.


Many museums can only be visited by reservation. These include the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, the Borghese Gallery and the museums of the Municipality of Rome. You can find information about the museums on our pages

St. Peter’s Basilica

Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free.

Rome December St. Peter's Square and Cathedral

Priority entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is not available in December. This imposing building is definitely worth a tour. For more information read our pages on St. Peter’s BasilicaSt. Peter’s Square and the history of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Opening hours

St. Peter’s Basilica

Basilica 7 am – 6:30 pm – dome 8 am – 5 am – treasure 9 a.m. – 5:15 pm

More information about St. Peter’s Basilica>


9 am – 3:30 pm closing 4:30 pm

Details about the Colosseum>

Vatican Museums

9 – 4 Closing 6:00 p.m. Admission until 5 p.m. on Dec. 8 + 9, 27-30. The Museums are closed on Sunday and Dec. 8. Free admission is Sunday Dec. 18.

Details on the Vatican Museums>

City museums and national museums

In Rome, some of the museums belong to the municipality and some to the state.

The city’s museums include the Capitoline Museums, Trajan’s Markets, Imperial Forums and numerous other museums. National museums include the Colosseum, Castel Sant’Angelo, Borghese Gallery and many more. For the full list of museums, opening times and tickets, see our Rome Museums page.

Free entry

All museums run by the Municipality of Rome, such as the Capitoline Museums and the Trajan’s Markets, have free admission on December 4th. The entry time must be reserved by telephone +39060608. Admission is also free at the national museums, most of which do not require reservations.


Cinecittà si mostra tickets

Cinecittà si mostra Visit the dream factory of Roman cinema, Metro A Station Cinecittà Tickets

Stadium of the Domitian Tickets

Stadium of the Domitian The stadium under Piazza Navona

Via di Tor Sanguigna 3 Tickets

Galleria Colonna Tickets

Galleria Colonna – one of the largest ancient private palaces in Rome. The most beautiful rooms of the palace and the art collection of the family with artists from the 15th and 16th centuries such as Pinturicchio, Cosmè Tura, Carracci, Guido Reni, Tintoretto, Salvator Rosa, Bronzino, Guercino, Veronese, Vanvitelli

Via della Pilotta 17 (near Piazza Venezia) Palazzo Colonna Bus 51, 60, 63, 80, 83, 85, 160, 170, H, n5, n8, n11, n90, n543, n716 (Piazza Venezia) Tickets

Capuchin Crypt Tickets

Capuchin Crypt – Museum and Crypt of the Capuchins

Via Vittorio Veneto 27 Kapuzinergruft Bus 52, 53, 61, 63, 80, 83, 160, n90, nMA (Barberini) Tickets

Leonardo da Vinci Museum

Leonardo da Vinci Experience – near St. Peter’s Square

Via della Conciliazione 19 Leonardo da Vinci Experience


Das Kolosseum erzählt von sich

The Colosseum tells of itself, permanent exhibition in the Colosseum – with the support of Heinz Beste, DAI Rom

Piazza del Colosseo Metro B Colosseo Tickets

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Crazy – Madness in contemporary art

Madness, like art, refuses established schemes, escapes from any rigid framework, rebels against constraints, so also Crazy, the project curated by Danilo Eccher.

In the Chiostro del Bramante (near Piazza Navona) Via Arco della Pace 5 Google Maps

Esposizione Lucio Dalla

LUCIO DALLA. Even if time passes

The exhibition is dedicated to the extraordinary human and artistic journey of the popular artist, telling 50 years of history.

Most of the material is exhibited for the first time, documenting the path of a narrator of life and sounds who, with biting irony and poetic vision, has conquered all hearts, not only as a musician, but also as an actor, writer, theater director and lover of sports and motor sports, dance, opera, painting and literature.

Ara Pacis Museum, Exhibition Room – until January 6, 2023

l_elefante e il colle perduto

1932, the elephant and the lost hill

A selection of about 100 works, including archaeological finds, graphic designs, art objects and videos, some exhibited for the first time, tells the story of the lost Velia Hill and “its” elephant.

until March 5, Mercati di Traiano

Mostra Visual Diary

Visual Diary – Exhibition by Liana Miuccio

Liana Miuccio explores identity, memory and migration by relating her photographs and videos to texts by Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri.

Through March 12, Modern Art Gallery, Via Francesco Crispi 24 Google Maps

Cursus honorum

Cursus honorum. The government of Rome before Caesar

Four male and one female voice evoke the magistracies of the Republican Age, revealing the essence of political life in ancient Rome in the Republican Age.

until April 23, Capitoline Museums, Palazzo dei Conservatori

Mostra Pietro Cascella

Pietro Cascella Unpublished. Early works in Rome (1938 – 1961)

Pietro Cascella (1921-2008) evolved from drawing to painting, with exhibitions in Rome and at the Venice Biennale in 1948, before becoming a stone sculptor with what he called “true sculpture”.

Until March 19, 2023, Villa Torlonia, Casino dei Principi, via Nomentana 64 Google maps

Esposizione Pasolini pittore

Pasolini Painter

Pasolini Pittore is an exclusive exhibition project, completely new in its kind, conceived on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pier Paolo Pasolini. It aims, more than forty years after the last complete publication on Pasolini the painter in 1978, to bring back attention to an important artistic aspect, often neglected by critics, in the overall context of the work of the writer and director.

The exhibition includes about two hundred works, most of which come from the Gabinetto Scientifico Letterario G.P. Vieusseux in Florence. They reconstruct Pasolini’s artistic career since the early 1940s and document the continuity of Pasolini’s painterly practice and his technical tenacity. In the end, the artist was always more interested in the “composition” – with its contours – than in the material, in line with that painterly phase of Italian art that, especially between the 1960s and 1970s, was increasingly defined also by its civic commitment.

Gallery of Modern Art, Via Francesco Crispi 24 Google maps – until April 16, 2023

Mostra I romanisti

I Romanisti – Table delights from Trastevere to the Trident

The cultural life of Rome from the end of the 20’s to 1940

from December 15, until June 4, 2023, Museo di Roma in Trastevere

Domitian emperor

Domitian Emperor. Hate and love

Domitian was the last emperor of the Flavian dynasty. Although his reign was quite successful, he finally fell victim to a conspiracy. 94 works in 15 halls tell his time and his story.

The exhibition is a co-production of the Sovrintendenza Capitolina and the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, with loans from London, Copenhagen, Paris, the Netherlands, Karlsruhe, Munich, Rome and Naples.

Capitoline Museums, Villa Caffarelli – until Jan. 29, 2023

Van Gogh Exhibition Palazzo Bonaparte

VAN GOGH – Masterpieces from the Kröller-Müller Museum

In the run-up to the 170th anniversary of his birth, this exhibition and emotional journey, through an exceptional loan of 50 works – including his famous Self-Portrait (1887) – tells of his human and artistic life.

Special attention is given to the period of stay in Paris, in which Van Gogh devotes himself to an accurate color research in the wake of Impressionism and a new freedom in the choice of subjects, with the conquest of a more immediate and chromatically vivid language.

Palazzo Bonaparte, Piazza Venezia 5 – until March 26, 2023 Tickets

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Medieval Rome – The Lost Face of the City

The exhibition traces the appearance of Rome between the sixth and fourteenth centuries and its central role for simple pilgrims as well as for kings and emperors.

Put yourself in the shoes of a medieval pilgrim who wanted to see the first witnesses of Christianity and the relics of the martyrs.

Museo di Roma, Piazza Navona, until 5 February 2023

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Riccardo Venturi. Childhood conditions – journey in the growing country

With over 80 photographs, the exhibition presents the reportage of the important mission of the social enterprise “Con i Bambini”, addressing inequality and exclusion, social exclusion and school dropout.

Riccardo Venturi, twice Word Press Photo, makes the theme visible with his work.

Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Piazza di San Egidio, until 26 February 2023

Mostra Dufy Palazzo Cipolla

Raoul Dufy – The painter of joy

The exhibition is divided into 13 thematic sections and narrates the entire artistic career of the French painter.

Palazzo Cipolla, Via del Corso 320 – until Feb. 26, 2023 Tickets

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Technoscape – The Architecture of Engineering

The exhibition highlights the relationship between structural or avant-garde engineering and the omnipresence of technology in the contemporary world.

The exhibition is divided into technological innovation and structural engineering.

MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Via Guido Reni 4a – until April 10, 2023

I colori dell_antico

The Colors of Antiquity. Santarelli Marbles at the Capitoline Museums

In two rooms of Palazzo Clementino at the Capitoline Museums, there is on display a broad overview of the use of colored marbles, from their origins to the 20th century, through a fine selection of pieces from the Santarelli Foundation.

Capitoline Museums


Porta Portese Market

every Sunday 7:00 – 14:00 Flea market & antiques

between Porta Portese and Via Ippolito Nievo Google maps

Ponte Milvio Market

Antiques market every Sunday

Between Ponte Milvio and Ponte Duca D’Aosta Google maps

Traffic-calmed Sunday

December 4, Traffic-calmed Sunday – driving ban for private vehicles with combustion engines in the city center
7:30 am – 12:30 pm, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Audiences of the Holy Father in December

General audiences of the Holy Father take place on Wednesdays at 9 am.

The Pope’s Angelus prayer takes place on Sundays and on December 8th at noon in St. Peter’s Square.

Rome December St. Peter's Square at night

In December there are papal masses on Christmas Eve and on December 25th. There is also a Vesper in the afternoon of December 31st.

At noon on December 25th, the Pope gives the blessing to the city and the world Urbi et Orbi from the loggia delle benedizioni.

Nativity St. Peter's 2020

Saturday 3 December 5 pm Inauguration of the Christmas crib in St. Peter’s Square

For more information see our article on Christmas in Rome

Concerto di Natale in Vaticano 2021

Christmas concert in the Vatican konzert im Vatikan

Recording December 17 7 pm Auditorio della Conciliazione Google maps Tickets

Broadcast on Christmas Eve on Canale 5


19.12. Christmas Run for Sant’Egidio. Running for everyone at Villa Pamphili – 15 km – 8 km – 4 km. Groups with Pace Maker from 4’30″/ km to 8′ / km. Web


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10 km run and 5 km run

Dec. 31, 2022 14:00, Stadio delle Terme di Caracalla


Rome has a lively music scene. Many pubs and music venues offer live music, especially on weekends. Classical music can be found in many churches and palaces.

Rome’s Music Park​

A jewel is the Parco della Musica, built by the internationally known architect Renzo Piano, in northern Rome on Via Flaminia. See all events here. Events and tickets

Tram 2 Parco della Musica

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23.-31.12. Gospel Festival Tickets

Casa del Jazz Paolo Fresu

There are several auditoriums and an open-air stage in the Parco della Musica. There are performances in all styles.

Some events are also organized together with the Casa del Jazz. Events and Tickets Casa del Jazz

Bus 160, 671, 714, 792 Casa del Jazz

Largo Venue

Largo Venue is a cultural center on Via Prenestina.

Largo Venue, Via Biordo Michelotti 2
Tram 5, 14, 19 Bus 81, 412, n5, n543, nMC Prenestina/Gattamelata Largo Venue

Tickets Ticketone buchen

Palazzo dello Sport​

The Palazzo dello Sport is a multifunctional hall where concerts are held regularly. It is located in Quartier EUR and is easily accessible by Metro B station Palasport.

Metro B EUR Palasport Palasport


The Roman Theater of Ostia Antica

Another spectacular venue is the Roman theater in the excavations of Ostia Antica. The theater was built in the time of Augustus with 3,000 seats and was expanded to 4,000 seats in the 2nd century.

Events and tickets Ostia Antica

Metro Piramide – Ostia Lido stazione Ostia Antica Ostia Antica

Amusement parks

In Rome and the surrounding area there are a few parks that offer a welcome change. However, in winter they are mostly only open on weekends and public holidays. The parks are decorated for Christmas and the children can get to know Santa Claus.



The Luneur Park offers many rides. It is located in the south of the city in the EUR district on Via Cristoforo Colombo. The opening times in winter are irregular, mostly Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in summer daily until midnight. On the Luneur website you can see the calendar with the opening days. Bus connections are lines 30, 170, 714 and 791, Colombo / Agricoltura stop. From there it is 750m to the entrance on Via delle Tre Fontane 100.

Cinecittà World

Natale Cinecitta World

Cinecittà World is a theme park with numerous rides. It is located next to the outlet center Castel Romano on Via Pontina between Rome and Pomezia. The park is open 11 – 18 on the following days: 3.+4.12, 8.-11.12, 17.+18.12, 25.-29.12. On New Year’s Eve the park is open until after midnight.

The park can be reached by car or by regional buses. There is a shuttle bus to the adjacent outlet center from Termini station. Google maps Cinecittà World tickets

Excursions around Rome

Rome December Da Pancrazio Restaurant in the Teatro di Pompeo

Rome has beautiful surroundings. The Romans go to the seaside or the mountains for a good meal on weekends.

The seafood restaurants by the sea are also well attended in December. There is a rustic kitchen in the mountains that goes well with the cooler temperatures. With a little luck you can even go skiing.

You can reach many destinations by public transport.

Excursions to the sea

If you want to see the sea, just go to Ostia Lido. A ticket for city traffic is sufficient for the journey and on the way you can visit the excavations of the old port city of Ostia Antica.

Excursions in the mountains

The most famous summer residence of the Romans in Castel Gandolfo. The popes spent the summer here at an altitude of around 400 m. Pope Francis, however, remains in Rome and the palace and gardens at Castel Gandolfo can be visited.

You can get to Castel Gandolfo by train from Roma Termini or from Ciampino with a 3-zone ticket. The train station is located on the volcanic hill between Lake Albano and the village.

Day trips

With the high-speed trains that are punctual to the minute, Florence and Naples are only around 1 ½ hours away. With our tips you can put together your own day tour or book an organized tour. Take a day to stroll around Florence and see the world famous Uffizi Gallery. Or visit the excavations in Pompeii and see Vesuvius, which is still active today and buried the city under its ashes.

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