Rome New Year’s Eve & Day 2020/21 · Festival · Fireworks

On Rome’s New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, there is usually a big street party and an extensive official program. Leave the old behind and start a happy new year in Rome.

New Year's Eve traditions in Rome

If you want to be lucky in the new year, then you have to wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve, that’s the tradition. A good dose of lentils with cotechino, a kind of coarse cooked sausage, promises financial success. In the past, porcelain was also thrown out of the window, but this custom is no longer common today for safety reasons.

New Year’s Eve is in normal years a street festival in the Roman city center. Many Romans eat at home or in the restaurant and usually at midnight they flock to the city center, to the Colosseum or to the lookout hills to celebrate and watch the fireworks. In normal years the city organizes a 24-hour festival around the Circus Maximus.

Events New Year's Eve 2020/21

Find the right events here for a memorable New Year in Rome.
Unfortunately there is a curfew this year due to the corona virus 22-7 and so the celebrations in the fireworks and New Year’s Eve will be canceled.

31.12. 17:00 St. Peter’s Basilica, Vespers and Te Deum (only in video stream)

31.12. 14:00 Baths of Caracalla, New Year’s Eve Run We Run Rome 10km and 5km

31.12. 17:00 St. Peter’s Basilica, Vespers and Te Deum (only in video stream)

City Festival "La Festa di Roma"

La festa di Roma 2020The city of Rome is organizing a big festival for New Year’s Eve and New Year every year.

However, this year the event will only take place online, as a curfew will be imposed on December 31, 2020 and January 1, 2021.

From 10 pm Oltre Tutto Festival of the Municipality of Rome video stream Art and culture, music and spectacles

Fireworks on New Year's Eve

At midnight there is usually a fireworks display of the Roman municipal utilities on the Palatine Hill. However, it will probably be canceled this year.

The current ruling Roman city administration has been trying to ban fireworks for years. The decree of the mayor of Rome of December 21, 2016 to ban fireworks in the urban area from December 29, 2016 to January 1, 2017 has been suspended by the Regional Administrative Court on December 28, 2016. On December 30, 2018, a ban was announced for December 31, 2018 and January 1, 2019. Nevertheless, there were quite impressive fireworks in the city.

Also in 2019, there was a last minute regulation by the mayor to prohibit fireworks.

This year it will probably be successful because of the curfew.

Fireworks watching

Usually you can see the public works fireworks on the Palatine Hill very well from Circus Maximus.

You can watch fireworks very well from the various viewpoints. Many Romans go to the terrace of the Gianicolo or to the Pincio.

Buy fireworks in Rome

In the supermarkets in Rome you will only find adult free fireworks. There are very few specialized shops in Rome selling real fireworks. The addresses can be found on the internet under the search term “vendita fuochi d’artificio Roma”.

Before New Year’s Eve, long lines formed in front of the fireworks and it may take several hours to get your turn. If you want to crack properly, you should already stock up two to three days before.

Rome New Year's Day 2021

There is a curfew in Rome until 03/01/2021. This means that you are only allowed to leave the house for well-founded reasons. You are allowed to go shopping for essentials and you are allowed to do sports in the vicinity of your accommodation.

On New Year’s morning in Rome, apart from the events around the Circus Maximus, it is very quiet. If you want to go for a walk, you should watch out for any unexploded bollards.

You can only attend the Holy Father’s Mass by video stream. You can watch the Angelus prayer at 12 noon on St. Peter’s Square. One can also consider a church visit or, in good weather, a trip to the sea to Ostia. Just take the local train from the Pyramid to Ostia Lido. You can use the normal ticket AB for city traffic.

Events New Year's Day 2020

Rome New Year open Museums

All museums are closed until January 15th, 2021.

Almost all museums are closed on 1 January. The following museums may be open 14-20:

Capitoline Museums – Markets of Trajan – Ara Pacis – Museo di Roma at Piazza Navona

"La Festa di Roma"

The festival is canceled this year.

La festa di Roma 2020The city of Rome offers an extensive program of events in the area of ​​the Circus Maximus, on the Aventine and on the banks of the Tiber below the Aventine to the Tiber Island. Admission to all events is free.

The installations and lighting designs created for the festival will be activated from midnight.

The program for New Year 2021 is not yet known.


Unfortunately, all restaurants are closed. Delivery services are allowed to deliver until 10 p.m. Hotels are allowed to offer room service.

Many restaurants in Rome offer a New Year’s Eve menu. If you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a nice menu in a good restaurant in Rome, you definitely need to make a reservation. For the search I recommend Tripadvisor Suche Restaurants in Rom. You will find all the information on any New Year’s Eve menus including the prices and you can book directly online without having to deal with any communication problems on the phone. However, the restaurants are expected to close at 10 p.m.

Public transportation

ATAC Rome historic Tram 2047Due to the possible curfew, the operating times of public transport are not yet known.

The metro runs on December 31 from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm. The line to Ostia Lido runs until 11:30 pm and the line Rome-Flaminia Montebello leaves until 11 pm.

Bus and tram: Last departure on December 31 at 9 pm.

There are no night buses on New Years Eve.

ATAC Rome historic Tram 2047Due to the possible curfew, the operating times of public transport are not yet known.

The metro runs from 5:30 am on December 31 to 2:30 am on January 1. Also the line to Ostia Lido and the line Rome-Flaminia Montebello leave until 2:30. From 2:30 the lines nMA, nMB, nMB1, nMC and nME run along the metro lines and the line to Ostia.

Bus and tram: Last departure on December 31 at 9 pm.

From 9pm to 3:30am, the following lines operate:

Bus H: Termini piazza Venezia-Trastevere-Gianicolense-Bravetta / Capasso

Bus 128: Metro B San Paolo-viale Marconi-via della Magliana-via Crocco

Bus 170: Eur Agricoltura-viale Marconi-piazza Venezia-Nazionale-Termini

Bus 200: piazza Mancini-Ponte Milvio-corso Francia-via Flaminia-station Prima Porta

Bus 280: piazza Mancini-Lepanto Metro A-Piramide Metro B-station Ostiense Fs

Bus 301: Grottarossa via Cassia-Ponte Milvio-Lepanto Metro A-piazza Augusto Imperatore

Bus 336: Conca d’Oro Metro B1-Vigne Nuove-Fidene-via Quarrata

Bus 544: Stazione Sant’Agnese / Annibaliano Metro B-Monti Tiburtini-Stazione Gardenia Metro C-stazione Parco di Centocelle Metro C

Bus 766: via Andrea Millevoi-Grottaperfetta-Metro B San Paolo-Stazione Trastevere

Bus 881: via Avanzini-via della Pisana via Gregorio VII via Paola

Bus 905: metro A Cornelia via Boccea via Casal Selce-Casalotti-Malagrotta

Bus 913: Ottavia / via Tarsia via Trionfale-viale delle Medaglie d’Oro

Bus MA13: from Metro A Cipro to Metro A Cornelia

On 1st January the holiday schedule starts from 8 am

Information on the regional and national rail connections can be found in the Trenitalia booking portal.

The weather on New Year's Eve

It’s cold on New Year’s Eve. It is windy at the viewpoints and if you want to light fireworks you should have a storm lighter with you.

If you want to party outside at night, you need warm clothes and gloves. The probability of rain can be found in the current weather report.

The holy Sylvester

Sylvester was bishop of Rome in the years 314-335. He was buried on the 31st of December and he is celebrated on that day.

Sylvester und ConstantineDuring the rule of Pope Sylvester occurred the Christianization of the state by Emperor Constantine and four important basilicas were built: St. Peter, St. Paul, St. John and Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. Many other churches were built during his rule over the graves of martyrs. He is venerated in the Basilica of San Silvestro e Martino in Monti in Viale del Monte Oppio 28 SS. Silvestro e Martino ai Monti


4 thoughts on “Rome New Year’s Eve & Day 2020/21 · Festival · Fireworks”

  1. Good job leaving a note where tourists can buy fireworks and bypass the ban. It’s not like there is any good reason for such a ban.

    Maybe a link to hundreds of birds that die from fireworks should educate the author of this article and the uneducated tourists who do not care about wildlife.

    • We pointed out the ban. In fact, the fireworks this year were probably more extensive than usual. We doubt whether our article has made a significant contribution to this. Obviously, many Romans felt the need to chase away the spirits of 2020 and to welcome a new, better year.

      Bird protection is of course important. Perhaps, in this regard, it would be helpful to restrain the seagull plague that is devouring all other birds.


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