Rome January 2020 · Events · Climate · Food · Shopping

Rome January: Rome in January is very interesting. The xmas holidays end on the 6th of January and the winter sales begin. Whether luxury brands or reasonably priced goods, you will find current fashion at greatly reduced prices. Temperatures are mild and frost rarely occurs towards the end of the month.

Starting from the end of the Christmas season (6th January) there are fewer tourists in Rome. January is a good month to visit the many Roman museums.

Also in January you have to reserve the entrance time at the Coliseum, at the Vatican Museums and at the Galerie Borghese, otherwise there may be waiting times.

Rome artichokes alla GiudiaIn the cold season, the heavy Roman cuisine tastes particularly good. You can get to know many delicious specialties.

In January in Rome you will find everything: churches and museums, good food and the winter sales.

Museums opening hours

Colosseum Rome January

Rom January ColosseumThe Colosseum is the most visited museum in Italy. It can only be visited by reservation.

Opening hours:
8:30 – 15:30 closing 16:30.
On the 1st of January is closed.
Details about the Colosseum Tickets>

First Sunday of the month free entry

On January 5th, the entrance to the Colosseum is free and no reservation is possible. Due to the high demand, there are long waiting times for the issue of free tickets as well as for the security check. On January 1st, the Colosseum Archeopark is closed like all the museums in Rome.

Rome January Tiber islandSunday 5 January, entry to all national museums is free. The museums of the municipality of Rome also offer free entry on 5 January, with the exception of the special exhibitions. All information and opening times can be found in the list of museums.

Tickets for the National Museums​

Tickets for the National Museums can be booked online. Tickets for the National Museums in Rome>

Vatican Museums Rome January

Vatican Museums at nightThe Vatican Museums are among the most visited museums worldwide. During normal opening hours the Vatican Museums are always very busy. It is much quieter before the official opening in the early morning.

For the Vatican Museums you should buy the tickets well in advance. Otherwise you risk long waiting times at the cash register. Details about the Vatican Museums>

The Vatican Museums are closed on January 1st + 6th and every Sunday except for the last Sunday of the month.
Opening hours 9 – 16 closing 18.

Free entry to the Vatican Museums is on Sunday, January 26, 2020 . However, there are long lines and it gets extremely crowded. 9 – 12:30 closing 14:00

The Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo is open every weekday during January 8:30 – 13 closing 14, Saturday 8:30 – 16:30 closing 17:30. Closed on January 1st + 6th and on Sundays.

Tickets Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

When is St. Peter's closed in January

St. Peter’s Basilica is closed during the pope’s celebrations, for which you need invitations.

These are the dates of the Pope in January:

Masses on January 1st and 6th at 10:00 and Sunday 12th at 9:30 in St. Peter’s Basilica

General Audiences on every Wednesday with the exception of 1st January

Angelus prayer on January 1st and 6th and every Sunday at 12:00 in St. Peter’s Square. For the Angelus prayer you don’t need invitaton.


For nativity scenes (until 12.1.2020), amusement parks and the Christmas market in Piazza Navona read

You will need invitation cards for all the Pope’s Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica and for the General Audiences.

1.1. 10:00 Pope’s Mass
1.1. 12:00 Angelus prayer of the Pope

5.1. 12:00 Angelus prayer of the Pope
5.1. Free entry to the National Museums

6.1. Epiphany, Feast of the Befana

10:00 Pope’s Mass
12:00 Angelus prayer of the Pope

12.1. 10:00 Trofeo Lidense 15km run in Ostia Web

12.1. 9:30 Pope’s Mass The baptism of the Lord – with the baptism of some children
12.1. 12:00 Angelus prayer of the Pope

Rome green zone19.1. Traffic-calmed Sunday – driving ban for private vehicles with combustion engines in the green zone
7:30 – 12:30, 16:30 – 20:30

19.1. 12:00 Angelus prayer of the Pope

19.1. La corsa di Miguel

Start 9:30 La Corsa di Miguel – 10 km run Piazzale della Farnesina (between Ponte Milvio and the Olympic Stadium) – 3 km run from Ponte della Musica

25.1. 17:30 Vespers in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls to Celebrate the Conversion of the Apostle Paul

Oltrelaserratura Roma Cavalieri di Malta25.1. 19:00 Oltre la serratura

Concert in the Villa of the Order of Malta – Luigi Piovano, violoncello
musiche di J.S. Bach, A. Piovano e L. Andriessen

26.1. 12:00 Angelus prayer of the Pope

Via Pulchitrudinis Expo31.1.-2.2. Via Pulchritudinis International Fair of Sacred Art. Music, liturgical furnishings, paintings, sculptures, glass art

Fiera di Roma – Rome Fair Train FL1 direction Fiumicino airport

Roma travel show biglietti31.1. -2.2. Roma Travel Show Travel fair

Palazzo dei Congressi, Piazza John F. Kennedy Palazzo dei Congressi
Bus 30/130F, 170, 714, 791, N2, N3 Colombo/Agricoltura



Cinecittà si mostra ticketsCinecittà si mostra Visit the dream factory of Roman cinema, Metro A Station Cinecittà Tickets
Stadium of the Domitian TicketsStadium of the Domitian The stadium under Piazza Navona

Via di Tor Sanguigna 3 Tickets

Galleria Colonna TicketsGalleria 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

Domus Romane TicketsDomus Romane – the Roman houses under Palazzo Valentini

Piazza Venezia, Via Foro Traiano 85, opposite the pillar of the Trajan Tickets

Capuchin Crypt TicketsCapuchin 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 MuseumLeonardo da Vinci Museum – in the Galleria Agostiana at Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo 12 Metro A, Tram 2, Bus 61, 89, 160, 490, 495, 628, nMA (Flaminio) Roma – Viterbo Tickets

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

Piazza del Colosseo Metro B Colosseo Tickets

Arte virtuale TicketsArte Virtuale Van Gogh e Monet Experience  – Virtual Art Van Gogh and Monet in Videocittà

Ex Barracks Guido Reni, Via Guido Reni 7 Hall X Tram 2 Apollodoro or Flaminia/Reni Tickets

Living Dinosaurs TicketsLiving Dinosaurs Live – an incredible journey through time in Videocittà

Ex Barracks Guido Reni, Via Guido Reni 7 Hall 11 + 12 Tram 2 Apollodoro or Flaminia/Reni Tickets

until January 12 – Mo(nu)mentum . Robert Morris 2015-2018

National Gallery of Modern Art Tuesday – Sunday 8:30am – 7:30pm via delle belle arti 131 Tram 3, 19 Galleria Arte Moderna

Tickets for the National Gallery of Modern Art

Gioiello intimo colloquio Villa Torlonia CivetteUntil January 26 – Gioiello. Intimo colloquio, jewels and sculptures in the Villa Torlonia, Casina delle Civette

Tuesday – Sunday 9-19 Via Nomentana Bus Nomentana/Villa Torlonia 60, 66, 82

Colori Etruschiuntil February 2, Colors of the Etruscans, Treasures in terracotta in the Centrale Montemartini, Via Ostiense 106, Metro B Garbatella, Bus 23, 769, 792 Ostiense/Garbatella Tickets

Baths of Diocletian Roads of Arabiauntil March 1 – Roads Of Arabia – Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia, special exhibition in the Baths of Diocletian via Enrico de Nicola 79 Termini train station, Metro A Repubblica Tickets

Colosseum Carthage The immortal mythuntil March 29 Carthage – The immortal myth, special exhibition in the Colosseum

Piazza del Colosseo Metro B Colosseo Tickets

Impressionisti segreti RomaImpressionisti segreti, treasures from private collections, including Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro, Sisley, Caillebotte, Morisot, Gonzalès, Gauguin, Signac, Van Rysselberghe and Cross

Palazzo Bonaparte – at Piazza Venezia Tickets

Bacon Freud La scuola di LondraBacon, Freud, La scuola di Londra, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, two giants of painting for the first time in Italy in a joint exhibition Chiostro del Bramante Chiostro del Bramante Bus 30, 70, 81, 87, 492, 628, C3 Zanardelli

Tickets at Ticketone buchen

Canova Eterna bellezzaCanova, eternal beauty, an exhibition of international collections, Museo di Roma Tuesday – Sunday 9-19 Piazza Navona

The sculptor Canova (1757-1822) with his marble figures is one of the main representatives of Italian classicism. Exhibition at the Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi in Piazza Navona. Tickets for Palazzo Braschi

Frida Kahlo Il caos dentroFrida Kahlo – Il caos dentro, a documentary Spazio Eventi Via Tirso 16 Spazio eventi Tram 3, 19 Bus 63, 83, 92 Buenos Aires

Tickets at Ticketone buchen

I love Lego ticketsI love Lego An exhibition for children of all ages and for Lego lovers

Palazzo Bonaparte – bei Piazza Venezia Tickets


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.

A silent noise in concert16.1. A Silent Noise in concert

22-23:30 Klang, Via Stefano Colonna 9 Klang
Tram 5, 14, 19 Piazzale Prenestino
Freier Eintritt

D'Alessio Nino D'Angelo Roma Biglietti24.1. Gigi D’Alessio – Nino D’Angelo – Palazzo dello Sport
Metro B EUR Palasport Palasport
Tickets Ticketone buchen

Mezzosangue biglietti Roma AtlanticoMezzoSangue Rap – Atlantico

Via dell’Oceano Atlantico, 271/d Atlantico
Tickets Ticketone buchen

The Calling Tickets Viale J.F. Kennedy 52, Ciam­pino  Stazione Ciampino Orion Ciampino
Tickets Ticketone buchen

Gazzelle Roma Tickets28.1. Gazzelle – Palazzo dello Sport Metro B EUR Palasport Palasport Tickets Ticketone buchen

The music park of Rome

A jewel is the Parco della Musica, built by the internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano, in the north of Rome on Via Flaminia. Tram 2 Parco della Musica

Casa del Jazz Paolo Fresu
Casa del Jazz Paolo Fresu

The Parco della Musica has several auditoriums and an open air theater. Here you find performances in all styles.

Some events are organized together with the House of Jazz “Casa del JazzEvents and tickets Casa del Jazz

Bus 160, 671, 714, 792 Casa del Jazz

La chiarastella BigliettiLa Chiarastella – Christmas carols in folk tradition

5.1. 18:00 – 6.1. 18:00

Tickets  Ticketone buchen

Auditorium Parco della Musica Classica TicketsClassical music

5.1. 11:00 Family Concert Piano & Voice Ticketone buchen

Cosa bolle in orchestra Auditorium5.1. 11:30 – 17:30 – 6.1. 11:30 Cosa bolle in Orchestra Entertaining spectacle with the artist clowns Michele Cafaggi and Davide Baldi Ticketone buchen

8.1. 20:30 Archi di Santa Cecilia Luigi Piovano direttore Avi Avital mandolino Ticketone buchen

Haydn – the creation

9.1. 19:30 – 10.1. 20:30 11.1. 18:00 Ticketone buchen

Janine Jansen Violine AuditoriumAntonio Pappano – Janine Jansen

16.1. 19:30 – 17.1. 20:30 18.1. 18:00 Ticketone buchen

20.1. 20:30 Beethoven Integrale delle sonate per pianoforte e violino Ticketone buchen

29.1. 20:30 Bach: 12 capolavori suonati e spiegati da Mario BrunelloTicketone buchen

30.1. 19.30 – 31.1. 20:30 – 1.2. 18:00 Tchaikovsky – Piano concerto Ticketone buchen

Practical tips for Rome January

Climate and clothing

Rome January Tiber islandThe maximum temperatures in January in Rome, according to statistics, are at 13 ° C, the minimum temperatures at 3 ° C. January is the coldest month in Rome.

It can rain occasionally in January. The rain does not last long and you may find a shelter. After 15 or 30 minutes, everything is usually over again.

Rome snow St. Peter's squareIt is memorable when there is snow or frost in Rome. That happens only once in three or four years. This special spectacle then goes through all the newspapers.

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 Vatican St. Peter's Square JanuaryOf course, it takes some overcoming to get up in the dark. Nevertheless, I 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 November between 7:38 and 7:25.

The early morning is also the best time to jog.

Mid season in Rome, what you should consider

Rome Vatican St, Peter's Square JanuaryAs soon as the Christmas holidaysare over on the 6th of January, the sights in Rome will be quieter.

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 the best month for you.

Rome is also interesting for shopping in January. Very interesting are the offers in winter sales.

Even if you always have to book for the main attractions such as the Coosseum and the Vatican Museums, the visit is much more pleasant because there are not that many visitors.

Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free.

In any case, I would advise you to take a guided tour, because otherwise you will not be able to capture many of the details of the basilica with its more than 1,500-year history. If you book the tour in advance on the Internet, you can pass the queue at the security checkpoint with priority granted by the visitor service of St. Peter’s Basilica.

More information about St. Peter’s Basilica.

Rome January Trevi Fountain The Trevi Fountain often attracts so many visitors that it has to be closed for security reasons. Book a hotel in the center and visit the fountains and squares before breakfast when no other visitors are there. This is a unique experience! Very usful are the Hop on hop off buses, especially between the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Colosseum and Castel Sant’Angelo. The buses run at regular intervals and are more reliable than public transport. Rome January Borgo at the VaticanIf you are walking in the center, choose one of the small romantic back streets with less traffic. I have prepared some tips with half-day programs in the category Three days in Rome.


Pizza in Rom Trapizzino

Romans have an extensive lunch only on Sundays. During the week they take only a sandwich at a bar or a first course in a small restaurant.

In Rome there is an interesting street food scene and of course the best pizza al taglio. Also in January, the ice cream parlors are open. The best ice cream parlors offer flavor variations for every season. For dinner, the Romans spend more time. It can take several hours between appetizer and dessert. There is a lot of fish and grilled. The heavy Roman Cuisine is very suitable for January. Book a street food tour to get a good introduction.

Also in January it is a good idea to take the train from the pyramid to Ostia and have a nice dinner by the sea.

Winter sales

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

In January everything has to go out and you can find many interesting bargains. Leave enough space in the suitcase for your purchases!

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 January La Rinascente TritoneA 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.


It’s a good idea to take a day to explore Rome’s surroundings.

Very popular is the drive to the sea to Ostia with the local train from the pyramid (Metro B) to Ostia Lido. On the way you can see the interesting archaeological excavations in Ostia Antica.

Here you will find a complete trading city with theater. The theater stages some concerts still today.

When the weather is nice, you can take a walk on the beach and enjoy the fresh salty sea air. Read also my Day trip to Ostia

Assisi Antipasto Very interesting is a visit to the Villa D’Este in Tivoli. The numerous fountains and water features fed by the river Aniene provide a cool breeze even on hot days. Not far from Villa D’Este is Villa Adriana, the largest villa ever built by an emperor. It is always hot there in summer, but in November the visit is very pleasant. Nice is also a trip to Castel Gandolfo. There you can visit the papal summer residence and have a good lunch with local wine. Assisi BasilicaA little further away is Assisi, where St. Francis founded his order. You can visit the Basilica of St. Francis there and enjoy a lunch of excellent Umbrian cuisine.