Things to do in Rome this month – January 2024

What’s on in Rome this month?

The first week of January is still full of Christmas holidays initiatives which last until about January 6th, the Epiphany day (“which all the festivities carries away!” as we say in Italy). There are also opportunities for the best fashion shopping deals of the year, as well as unmissable temporary exhibits about Ancient Rome.

Without wasting a lot of time, let’s dive into these super exciting things to explore in the city! 🤩

Things to do in Rome in January 2024

Rome parade

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Photo courtesy of romeparade.com

On January 1st from 3:30PM there will be the Rome parade, a big free event to celebrate the New Year! There will be a spectacular 3-hour long musical parade where performers of American high schools, Italian folklore groups and majorettes!

The parade will start and end in Piazza del Popolo, and it will go through via del Corso, via dei Condotti, Piazza di Spagna and via del Babuino.

More info: https://romeparade.com/

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Christmas market in Piazza Navona

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The Christmas market of Piazza Navona will running until January 6th, 2024

After being suspended for some years, finally the Christmas market in Piazza Navona is back and it will be running until January 6th!

This market usually includes a variety of nativity scenes decorations, Christmas tree balls and Christmas street food 😊

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100 Presepi in Vaticano (100 nativity scenes in the Vatican) exhibition

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This is the 6th edition of the 100 Presepi in Vaticano exhibition, therefore quite a new tradition.

But even so, this exhibit will steal your heart! First of all, the location. The 100 Presepi will take place in the colonnade of St Peter square designed by Bernini.

And then the content. There will be 100 nativity scenes of any kind. From the presepi made of cotton (which was my favorite last year!) to the chocolate presepi (wisely protected by a glass! But you could still smell the chocolate!). Here you really understand that creativity is the only limit!

The exhibit will be for free and it will take place from December 8th to January 7th.

More info: https://www.100presepi.it/

Christmas World in Villa Borghese

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Photo credits: christmasworld.net

This year Christmas world lands in Villa Borghese! There will be 30000 squared meters with representations of Christmas in the world, through experiences, installations, shows and more.

It is an immersive experience where you can walk through the heart of Berlin, in the Christmas markets of London, then move to Paris, Tokyo, New York (where you can ice skate under the Brooklyn Bridge!). And of course also to the North Pole, where you’ll find Santa Claus village! Kids (and adults too!) can write their letter to Santa, get an official stamp fro the elfs and hand it over to Santa in person!

Christmas World will start on December 1st and will be running until January 7th, 2024.

For info and tickets: https://christmasworld.net/

Trame di Luce in the Trastevere Botanical Garden – until January 7th

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Right in the heart of Trastevere you can find a fairytale place that many people miss, which is called Orto Botanico (Botanical Garden). This Garden is open all year round and every month offers different colors and shades of nature. But in December the Botanical Garden dresses up with something even more magical, the light exhibitions of Trame di Luce.

There are many light exhibitions taking place since the last few years, but this one has a different feeling. The feeling of a relaxed walk in the middle of a forest in the heart of Rome; and being surrounded by colorful lights that will make you forget where you are. We loved the fact that it’s just trees and lights. At the end of the route you will find bars, hot chocolate and sweet treats. Tickets can only be bought online, there is no ticket office on-site.

For more info and tickets: https://roma.tramediluce.it/en/

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Saldi – Winter Sales!

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On January 5th the Saldi Invernali (the Winter Sales) start! From that day for 6 weeks there will be discounted prices pretty much on everything in every shop, especially clothing, shoes, handbags.

This is the time of the year (together with the Summer Saldi which start in July) where most Italians take advantage of the discounted prices to treat themselves to that nice handbag they saw few months back, or that nice pair of shoes they desired but that were a bit too expensive.. This is the time to make the best deals!

When the Saldi start the discounts will be lower (usually around 20%-30%) but you’ll still be able to find a big assortment. As the weeks go by the discounts reach around 50%-60% and more, but of course with less assortment.

Happy shopping!

“Helmut Newton Legacy” exhibition

If you’ve never heard of this photographer, you better find out who he was right now, because you’re missing out on one of the biggest innovators in fashion photography. And some of the coolest pictures ever!

Helmut Newton changed the rules of the fashion photography by adding storytelling, naked portraits, optical illusions and crime scenes. And he experimented so while shooting for Vogue, Yves Saint Laurent, Bulgari, with David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Cindy Crawford, Monica Bellucci.

Such an important piece of history in photography that you will find below the Ara Pacis until March 2024.

More info and tickets: https://mostrahelmutnewton.it/en/

Museum of Dreamers

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Museum of dreamers is an immersive exhibition dedicated to the dreamlike world. It consists in 21 installations of great visual impact and it will run until January 28th at the PratiBus district.

For info and tickets: https://museumofdreamers.com/#pll_switcher

Fabulous Calvino exhibition

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Who is Italo Calvino?

He is one of most famous Italian writers, and this year he would have turned 100 years old. He has been one of the most translated Italian artists of his time.

Calvino was a journalist, he wrote novels and short-stories, many of them being whimsical and imaginative fables. The baron that decided to live on a tree, the viscount that is cut in two halves by a cannon ball and becomes half good and half bad, and other fairytales.

Fairytales are real” he said, “they are, all together, an explanation of life which was born in ancient times“.

This year Calvino would have turned 100 years old. For this occasion a fabulous exhibition was inaugurated at the Scuderie del Quirinale. You can learn about Calvino and his works and get lost in the whimsical journeys across reality and fantasy.

And maybe start reading one of his books. We recommend trying the Ancestor’s Trilogy (Baron of the Trees, Nonexistent Knight and the Clover Viscount)

You can visit this exhibition until February 2nd, 2024. More info and tickets: https://scuderiequirinale.it/en/exhibition/favoloso-calvino/

The “Adventure of Money” exhibition

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This exhibition is great for families, since it is very engaging to both adults and kids (look at these kids in the picture, they were totally drawn into the story!).

This immersive exhibition drives you from the very first contracts and financial transactions of the Sumerians in 4000 BC (you will see the first Sumerian contracts on pieces of terracotta!), to the crucial points of history that shaped our economy today.

How the coins were invented, as well as the banknotes, the cheques, and the first ledgers. Including the ledger where you can see the payment from the church for Bernini’s most famous Ecstasy of Saint Teresa marble!

We really enjoyed this exhibition and we think you should go too 😊 You will find this until April 28th at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni.

For info and tickets: https://www.palazzoesposizioni.it/mostra/the-adventure-of-money

Live a unique experience with us!

If you want to make your January Rome trip special and looking for something fun, unique, personal… you’re in the right place!

Our in person experiences grew from the legacy of our media content online, meaning that we focus on discovering the authentic side of Rome. We won’t dwell on academic frills, only on insider’s knowledge with the fun storytelling of a local expert. Our experiences include the hidden gems of Rome, underground sites and a super local street food tour. You can find them all here!

Written by Federica

Creative director of Live Virtual Guide. Her favorite things are gelato, pizza and the hidden gems of Rome.


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