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Rome January 2024 · Shopping and visiting museums

Last Updated on 18. November 2023

January in Rome is low season. It is the ideal time for museum visits, for cheap shopping and for delicious winter specialties.

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January in Rome

January is one of the few months when the life of Romans takes place mainly indoors. Romans like to meet in a bar for an extensive exchange of views and enjoy delicious winter Roman gastronomy in a cozy restaurant.

Rome January Tiber island

For visitors to the city, it is also mainly about visiting museums and churches. In January, there is no crowding and pushing. Take your time and enjoy the cultural treasures of Rome and the Vatican at your leisure.

To really get to know the city, choose accommodation in the center between the Colosseum and Piazza del Popolo. Public transport is then rarely needed, possibly for the trip to the Vatican or to the outer districts of the city. You can find out how to find an affordable room and which areas are best in our information on Hotels in Rome.

How cold it is

According to statistics, the maximum temperatures in Rome in January are 13° C / 55° F, the minimum temperatures 3° C / 37° F. Frost is rare. January is the coldest month in Rome.

In January it can rain occasionally. For the most part, the rain does not last long and you can wait in a church or bar until it passes.

Climate data January

Tmax Ø11°C/51.8°F
Tmin Ø4°C/39.2°F
Sunshine hours Ø3.7
Days with rain Ø8


Rome St. Peter's Square with snow

Most rarely, there are years when there is prolonged drizzle in January. So it is quite advisable to follow the weather forecast and then adjust accordingly.

It is memorable when there is snow or frost in Rome. That only happens once in three or four years. This particular spectacle then goes through all the newspapers.

Since you spend a lot of time outdoors in Rome, you will need warm clothing and rain protection. Comfortable shoes are also important in Rome, as you will be walking a lot and the sidewalks are often bumpy.

What’s on

The winter sales begin at the end of the Christmas season on January 6th. Whether luxury brands or inexpensive goods, you will find the latest fashion at greatly reduced prices.

There are fewer visitors to Rome in January because it’s pretty cold.

If you would like to visit the museums in Rome and the Vatican, January is one of the best months for you. You are almost alone in the museums and benefit from shopping in the winter sales.

Winter Sales Shopping

Italian fashion is known worldwide and everyone will envy you for your purchases. From January 6th you can find interesting bargains in the winter sales.

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.

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


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.

Opening hours in January

St. Peter’s Basilica

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

More information about St. Peter’s Basilica>


8:30 am – 3:30 pm closing 4:30 pm

Details about the Colosseum>

Vatican Museums

Monday – Saturday 8 – 17 Closing 19, January 2 – 5 8 – 18 Closing 20, Closed Sundays and January 1 and 6. Free admission on Sunday 28 9 – 12:30 closing 14:00.

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. Almost all museums are closed on 1 January.

Rome January Colosseum

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

Free admission to all national museums and the museums of the Municipality of Rome on January 7.

Exhibitions Rome January


13apr2230apr32The Colors of Antiquity. Santarelli Marbles at the Capitoline MuseumsIn 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.Musei Capitolini, Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM

13jan2321jan24The Rome of the Republic. The narrative of archaeologyAt Palazzo Caffarelli, the exhibition of some 1,800 works illustrates, through a series of archaeological themes and contexts, the characteristics and changes in Roman society from the 5th to the middle of the first century BC.Musei Capitolini, Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM

23jun2314jan24Laboratorio Prampolini #2Notebooks, drawings and unpublished projects from Futurism to Art Club by the interdisciplinary artist from the 1930s to the 1950s.Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Via Francesco Crispi, 24, 00187 Roma RM



Papal audiences and masses in January

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

The Pope’s Angelus prayer takes place on Sundays and on January 6th at noon in St. Peter’s Square.

Papal masses are on January 1st and 6th.

Traffic-calmed Sunday

January 14, 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


26dec2307jan24Abrakadabra - The night of miraclesAt Christmas, real Magic returns with the greatest artists of the world magic scene!Teatro Ghione, Via delle Fornaci, 37, 00165 Roma RM

02jan2407jan24OPS!CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS FESTIVALParco della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30, 00196 Roma RM

06jan2406jan24Corri per la BefanaRace and fun runSan Policarpo, Piazza Aruleno Celio Sabino, 50, 00174 Roma RM



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

Casa del Jazz Paolo Fresu
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

01oct2331jul24Auditorium Parco della MusicaThe Music Park in Rome offers music from classical to folk to modern in concert halls and on an open-air stage.Parco della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30, 00196 Roma RM

13nov2319feb24Accademia Nazionale di Santa CeciliaChamber music season 2023-2024Parco della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30, 00196 Roma RM

16nov2310feb24Accademia Nazionale di Santa CeciliaSymphonic Season 2023-2024Parco della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30, 00196 Roma RM

15dec2307jan24RAPUNZEL The MusicalRapunzel the Musical is a retelling of the famous fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm featuring Gothel, Grethel's sister and Rapunzel's stepmother, played by Lorella Cuccarini, as the main protagonist. An all-Italian transposition of the opera for the first time in the musical genre.Teatro Brancaccio, Via Merulana, 244, 00185 Roma RM

26dec2307jan24Forza Venite GenteThe Musical on the Life of St. FrancisTeatro Orione, Via Tortona, 7, 00183 Roma RM

01jan2401jan24Concerti del TempiettoPiano concertsSala Baldini, Piazza di Campitelli, 9, 00186 Roma RM

01jan2401jan24Tosca - UnicoConcert in 3 ActsParco della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30, 00196 Roma RM

10jan2410jan24Starfish - Coldplay Tribute ShowExperience the extraordinary Starfish - Coldplay Tribute Show, the best tribute in sonic fidelity to Coldplay's record-breaking world tour, Music Of The Spheres.Teatro Ghione, Via delle Fornaci, 37, 00165 Roma RM

13jan2421jan24Die Zauberflöte - The Magic FluteDirector Damiano Michieletto Orchestra Conductor Michele SpottiTeatro dell’Opera di Roma, Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 00184 Roma RM

16jan2421jan24Peter PanThe MusicalTeatro Brancaccio, Via Merulana, 244, 00185 Roma RM

18jan2421jan24Cain and AbelThe Musical - 50th anniversaryTeatro Orione, Via Tortona, 7, 00183 Roma RM

18jan2421jan24Prokofiev: CinderellaRoma City BalletTeatro Olimpico, Piazza Gentile da Fabriano, 17, 00196 Roma RM

18jan2421jan24Queen At The OperaThe great rock-symphony show Queen at The Opera returns scheduled for Jan. 18-21, 2024 at the Auditorium Conciliazione in RomeAuditorium della Conciliazione, Via della Conciliazione, 4, 00193 Roma RM

23jan2427jan24Pink Floyd Legend WeekThe Pink Floyd Legend return to Rome ushering in the biggest undertaking ever!Teatro Olimpico, Piazza Gentile da Fabriano, 17, 00196 Roma RM

24jan2424jan24Dardust - Duality + GuestsThe Marche pianist, composer and producer defined his two sonic hemispheres: one more reflective, meditative, close to instrumental chamber music; the other focused on beats and club electronics.Teatro Brancaccio, Via Merulana, 244, 00185 Roma RM

27jan2427jan24Coez Frah QuintaleCoez & Frah Quintale announce their palasport tour. Buy your ticket!Palazzo dello Sport, Piazzale Pier Luigi Nervi, 1, 00144 Roma RM

28jan2428jan24Concerti del TempiettoPiano concertsSala Baldini, Piazza di Campitelli, 9, 00186 Roma RM

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 until January 8.

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

About Roman cuisine in winter, shopping and excursions read Winter in Rome.

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