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Rome New Year’s Eve / New Year 2024 · Celebrations & Concerts

Last Updated on 11. January 2024

New Year’s Eve in Rome, this is how the Romans celebrate the New Year. Enjoy a New Year’s Eve menu, party in the streets, concerts and fireworks.

New Year’s Eve is primarily a big street party in the center of Rome. Many Romans eat at home or in the restaurant and at midnight they flock to the city center, to the Colosseum or to the lookout hills to celebrate and watch the fireworks.

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New Year’s Eve traditions in Rome

Want to be lucky in the new year? Then wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve, according to tradition. A good portion of lentils with cotechino, a kind of coarse cooked sausage, promises financial success. People used to throw crockery out of the window, but that’s too dangerous nowadays.

Events New Year’s Eve 2023/24

There are many shows and concerts on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Many restaurants and discotheques celebrate the New Year in style.

In St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pope celebrates a Te Deum at 5 p.m., which will be broadcast online.

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

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The City festival

Roma Capodanno 23/24 Circo Massimo

The city of Rome organizes a big party for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

One of the most popular places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Rome is the Circus Maximus, where a large concert is traditionally held. The event is free of charge and around 50,000 visitors are expected.

The concert is entitled Roma 2024. You are here and starts at 21:30. The program, which features many well-known artists, will be hosted by the RDS 100% Grandi Successi radio station. After the New Year’s wishes, there will be a DJ set with dancing and singing.

Glass bottles and containers are prohibited at the concert and in the streets!

Fireworks on New Years Eve

At midnight there is a fireworks display of the Roman municipal utilities. However, the private fireworks displays in the city are also interesting. Many Romans flock to vantage points like the Pincio and the Gianicolo to have a good look at them.

Private fireworks have been banned in Rome on New Year’s Eve for years. That has never stopped Romans from greeting the New Year with big bangs and fireworks. A member of our Facebook group has documented in this video what was going on New Year’s Eve 2021.

Watch fireworks

You can watch the fireworks in Rome very well from the various viewpoints. Many Romans come to the terraces of the Gianicolo or the Pincio. A cold wind is blowing and you need to dress warmly.

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 2024

At New Year’s day it is very quiet in Rome. Many Romans went to bed very late.

January 1 is therefore a very quiet day. However, many museums are open. You can take a walk around the city or a trip to the sea or the mountains. In our category 3 days in Rome you will find many suggestions.

Roma Capodarte 2024

The city of Rome celebrates New Year with the Capodarte cultural festival with events and free admission to the city’s museums.

Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (last entry one hour earlier): Capitoline Museums, Mercati di Traiano – Museo dei Fori Imperiali, Ara Pacis Museum, Museo di Roma – Palazzo Braschi, Centrale Montemartini, Villa Torlonia Museums (except Serra Moresca), Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Museo Civico di Zoologia, Galleria d’Arte Moderna.

Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last admission one hour earlier): Napoleonic Museum, Museo Repubblica Romana e della memoria garibaldina, Museo Carlo Bilotti – Aranciera di Villa Borghese, Museo Pietro Canonica, Museo delle Mura, Museo Casal de’ Pazzi, Serra Moresca, Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco, Villa di Massenzio, Circo Massimo Archaeological Area, Circo Maximo Experience, Area Sacra di Largo Argentina.

Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last entry one hour earlier): Archaeological Area of the Imperial Forums

Many national museums are open on January 1st. This means you can also visit museums on New Year’s Day. These include Castel Sant’Angelo, Palazzo Spada with the Borromini optical illusion and a small gallery (15.30-19.30), ancient art in Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Barberini and the Corsini Gallery, Palazzo Venezia and the Victorianum with the glass elevator, the Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna. In the field of archaeology, the Baths of Diocletian opposite Termini station are open, as are the Baths of Caracalla, the Colosseum, the excavations in Ostia Antica, the state museums in the Appia Antica park and Villa Adriana in Tivoli. Villa D’Este in Tivoli is also spectacular.

At 12 noon, Pope Francis prays the Angelus, which you can attend in St. Peter’s Square. The traditional jump from the Cavour Bridge into the Tiber also takes place at 12 noon.

From 15:30 New Year Rome Parade. The three-hour New Year’s parade with over 2,000 participants and groups from home and abroad is a huge, colorful spectacle. It starts at Piazza del Popolo and leads through Via del Corso to the Spanish Steps and back.


Many restaurants are open on January 1st. If you want an extensive menu or a brunch, you should make a reservation.

Amusement parks

Roma Lunapark Luneur

New Year’s Eve at Luneur

The Luneur amusement park is located in the EUR district. Luneur celebrates New Year’s Eve with Christmas decorations and mythical creatures. You can find the opening times in the calendar.

Via delle Tre Fontane, 100 Luneur Bus 30, 170, 714, 791 Colombo/Agricoltura
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New Year’s Eve at Cinecittà World

Cinecittà World is an amusement park in the south of Rome. At the turn of the year, the park is open all night from 6pm to 6am. There is a big party with fireworks. 

Cinecittà World Google maps

Tickets at Tiqets

Regional bus COTRAL from Metro Laurentina to Castel Romano 2,60€ <->, on board 14€ The shuttle bus departs from the ATAC stop in Viale America above the EUR/Palasport metro station on line B from 10:30 – return journey 18:00 14€

Public transportation

ATAC Rome historic tram 2047

There is an extended timetable on New Year’s Eve.

The metro runs on December 31 until 2:30 a.m. The line to Ostia Lido and the line Rome-Flaminia Montebello run until 2:30 a.m. From 2:30 to 8:00 along the metro lines and the line to Ostia Lido run the buses nMA-nMB-nMB1-nMC-nME.

Bus and tram: Last departure on Dec. 31 at 9:00 p.m., except for lines H-2-128-170-200-280-301-336-544-766-881-905, which run until 2:30 a.m.. In addition, the night bus line n913 runs from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

On 1st January the holiday schedule starts from 8 a.m. The metro runs from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. After that, nMA-nMB-nMB1-nMC buses run along metro lines A, B and C.

From Christmas until January 7, the lines Free1 will run from Termini station to the city center, Free2 from Ostiense/Piramide station to the city center and, also free, line 100 from Via Veneto to Piazza Cavour.

Information on long distance bus and rail connections can be found at Omio.

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 name day

There are few name days where everyone knows which date is meant. December 31st is the anniversary of the death of St. Sylvester, who was Bishop of Rome from 314-335. In his time, Emperor Constatine made Christianity the state religion.

Sylvester and Constantine

Under Pope Sylvester I, three of the four most important basilicas were built, the Basilicae maiores of St. Peter, St. Paul and St. John. In addition, the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme was built under him to house the relics of the cross, and many other churches were built over the tombs of martyrs. He is venerated in the Basilica of San Silvestro e Martino in Monti in Viale del Monte Oppio 28. Google maps

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5 thoughts on “Rome New Year’s Eve / New Year 2024 · Celebrations & Concerts”

  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.