How do Romans use to spend their Capodanno?
New Year’s Eve in the Eternal City means hundreds of celebrations that last all night: it is one of the times when the city’s most beautiful squares come alive with lots of free events.
Rome’s traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations are centered in Piazza del Popolo where huge crowds celebrate with music and dancing and fireworks. But this year the nerve centre of the festivities will take place at Circo Massimo with a free music marathon of five major artists from the Italian music scene from 9:30pm until midnight; afterwards DJ sets will continue the party late into the night.
Capodanno on the backdrop of Colosseum has become also the traditional free outdoor celebration in Rome with colorful and creative street theatre shows, live music concerts and fireworks among tens of thousands of people expected to attend in Via dei Fori Imperiali.
You can attend one of the many free concerts on Rome’s bridges along the Lungotevere Aventino at Ponte Sublime towards the nearby bridges at Circo Massimo. The fun begins at 9pm on December 31 and goes through 2am on January 1.
Other events and parties are not free but, if they might attract your attention, click here to discover all the New Year’s Eve events in Rome.