Top Things to do in Rome this Winter

If you’re thinking of heading to Rome for your winter break, then there are many fun activities that await you during the festive season. It doesn’t matter whether you have a specific time in mind that you want to go, or you’re just looking for that perfect festival or activity to sway your dates, Rome has the perfect thing for you. Below is a list of the top exhibits and events that run from November to January – I hope you enjoy them!

1.La Grande Opera Italiana

Rome is known for its superb opera scene, and from 3rd November to 12th January, there are many event dates available for you to enjoy this stunning show. You’ll be able to celebrate the golden age of Italian Grand Opera, with a programme that should appeal to everyone from beginners to connoisseurs. Within the beautiful surroundings of St. Paul’s Within the Walls, you’ll listen to a variety of operatic favourites, including The Barber of Seville, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly and Rigoletto. Just make sure that you pick up your opera tickets from as soon as possible to get the best seats.

2.The Exhibit of One Hundred Nativity Scenes

For a true taste of Christmas and festive fun over your Italian getaway, you should check out the spectacle over at the Sale del Bramante, in Piazza del Popolo. They are playing host to the Exhibit of One Hundred Nativity Scenes this year, from 24th November to 8th January. From miniature mock-ups of the traditional nativity, to contemporary and colourful life-sized expressions of this Christian symbol of Christmas, this should be one of the best photographic opportunities in Rome.

3.The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

This annual feast held on 8th December always proves to be a huge draw for the crowds, and should definitely be on your list of go-to activities if your stay is during the beginning of December. It’s also a holiday that is celebrated across the whole of Italy, so if you’re going from city to city, then you should definitely make time to see. The Feast celebrates the solemn Catholic belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but whether you’re religious or not, you can still take part in the many special masses, parades, entertainment and music that make the streets come alive throughout the country.


From early December up to 6th January, Piazza Navona plays hosts to one of the best Christmas fairs that Italy has to offer, packed with market stalls selling sweet treats, Christmas gifts and Italian treasures. The fair is dedicated to La Befana – “the old witch” – and as the pagan legend tells, on the day of Epiphany, ‘Mother Christmas’ brought presents to good children only; on 5th January, you’ll even be able to catch a glimpse of her yourself.

Are you heading to Rome over the Christmas break? Tell us what you have planned in the comments section below.

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