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Things to Do in Rome in Winter

Visit the Pantheon, Discover Sistine Chapel, Marvel at the Colosseum, Tour Palatine Hill, Admire St. Peter’s Basilica, Explore Roman Catacombs, Explore Roman Forum, Checkout Spanish Steps, Admire the Architecture at Borghese Palace and Checkout Piazza Navona.

Rome in winter has a distinct allure, allowing you to enjoy picturesque, white-carpeted landscapes, sunny days for walks, and lovely evenings for enjoyable nightlife. The occasional rain adds a romantic touch, making you want to enjoy wine or hot chocolate with your beloved.
Rome in the winter allows you to visit some of Rome's most well-known attractions, like Pantheon, Colosseum, Basilicas, churches, and many more, without having to battle through swarms of tourists or stand in line for hours. You can dress in layers to beat the brisk cold while you stroll through the streets and enter inviting wine bars, cafes, and museums to discover the ambience and culture. Explore the Christmas markets in the daytime and take in holiday lights at night. You may also go ice skating, see an opera, or eat some seasonal fare. Visit Rome in winter to take in breathtaking sunsets, New Year's fireworks displays and sales, Chinese New Year celebrations, and much more, and leave with a wealth of treasured memories.

Here are some of the best Things to Do in Rome in Winter:

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Visit the Pantheon

  • Discover the city's ancient religions by visiting the Pantheon, one of the most popular and best-preserved historical monuments to visit in Rome in winter.
  • Admire the portico, Rotunda, dome, and interiors, all of which are works of Roman engineering and architecture.
  • Be astounded to see the architectural brilliance of the oculus, the round hole at the dome's top that allows natural light in.
  • Explore the artworks and paintings on display in several chapels and pay a visit to various tombs, including Raphael's.
Location: Piazza della Rotonda, Rome, Lazio 00186

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (except 1st January, 15th August, and the 25th December

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Discover Sistine Chapel

  • Explore the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's jaw-dropping masterpiece and discover its spiritual significance on your visit to Rome in winter.
  • Marvel at the chapel's splendor, which serves as the temple where popes are chosen and crowned.
  • Admire Giovanni of Dolci's architecture as well as the frescoes that adorn the walls and ceiling.
  • Watch in awe the nine stories from Genesis, the Creation of Adam, the Final Judgment, and other Vatican City's finest treasures that add to the place's allure.

Location: Vaticano Avenue - 00165 Rome

Opening Hours: 
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Last Sunday of each month: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

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Marvel at the Colosseum

  • Stop by the Colosseum on your trip to Rome in the winter to see the enormous historic amphitheater, which reflects epic grandeur and architectural splendor.
  • Explore the structure’s four storeys and eighty entrances to admire its stunning architecture and design.
  • Discover the notorious past of the place, which served as the venue for deadly gladiator games as well as reenactments, plays, animal hunts, fictitious naval battles, and many other public events.
Location: Piazza del Colosseo 1, Rome, Lazio 00184

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday: 9:30 am to 7:15 pm

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Tour Palatine Hill

  • Explore Palatine Hill during your visit to Rome in the winter to see the ruins of hundreds of the grand structures that were once part of ancient Rome's elite society.
  • Discover the beautiful architecture and vibrant frescoes at the ruins of Domus Flavia, House of Livia, and House of Augustus.
  • Admire the remnants of the Hippodrome of Domitian, which resembled a Roman circus, and the Farnese Gardens, which were among the first botanical gardens built in Europe.
  • View the collection of sculptures, frescoes, mosaics, and other historical artifacts in the Palatine Museum.
Location: Via di San Gregorio, 30, Rome

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm

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Admire St. Peter’s Basilica

  • Witness the St. Peter's Basilica's majestic façade and dome from the base of the Egyptian obelisk in St. Peter's Square.
  • Visit this Vatican City's gem, the largest church in the world, where Popes have carried the gospel of Jesus Christ over the globe.
  • Learn about the basilica's cultural, historical, and architectural significance, which draws millions of people every year, and be mesmerized on your trip to Rome in Winter.
  • View the priceless artwork from past centuries, including sculptures, paintings, and more.
Location: St. Peter's Square - 00120 Vatican City (Rome)

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday: 7:00 am to 6:30 pm (7:00 pm in summer)

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Explore Roman Catacombs

  • Take a trip to the catacombs to discover the underground cemeteries of the earliest Roman Christians during your holiday in Rome in winter.
  • Stroll down the ancient cobblestones of the Appian Way past enormous tombstones and gorgeous countryside and get transported back in time.
  • Browse the amazing tunnels that were hand-dug approximately 2,000 years ago and discover the origins of Christianity.
  • Travel through the dark passageways of the catacombs of San Sebastian, San Callisto, Priscilla, Domitilla and Sant’ Agnese with a guide and learn some interesting facts about their history, like when they were in use.
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Explore Roman Forum

  • Journey into the heart of Ancient Rome, the Roman Forum, which was the hub of Roman civilization, where laws were passed, politics discussed, and goods were exchanged.
  • Learn about the economic, social, political, and religious significance of the forum while taking in beautiful architecture.
  • Take a stroll down Rome's Main Street, the Via Sacra and explore the ancient temple and house of the Vestal Virgins as well as The Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine.
  • See the Forum's remnants of temples, assembly halls, and monuments and stop by Julius Caesar's grave for some unique experiences on your visit to Rome in winter.
Location: Dei Fori Imperiali Street, Roma 00186

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Checkout Spanish Steps

  • Perch and strike a pose on the photogenic Spanish Steps and have some wonderful moments on your vacation in Rome in the winter.
  • Admire the grand 138-step stone staircase that runs from Piazza di Spagna up to the Trinità dei Monti Church.
  • Spend some time at the Fontana della Barcaccia, a fountain designed as a half-shrunk stone ship, and explore the collection at the Keats-Shelley Museum.
  • Pray at the 16th-century Trinità dei Monti church and admire Rome's most revered works of art, Daniele da Volterra's Deposizione.
Location: Spagna Square - 00187 Rome 

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Admire the Architecture at Borghese Palace

  • Tour the Borghese Palace, one of Rome's four wonders, and be astounded by its opulence and architecture.
  • Visit the courtyard to witness the 96 red and orange granite columns and the façade.
  • Wander through the orange and little boxwood tree-lined Nymphaeum Garden, relax by the three magnificent wall fountains, and observe the mythological presence of eagles and dragons.
  • Explore the halls of the Cembalo Gallery, which today houses art and photography exhibitions, as well as the Sala dell'Udienza, where the prince once hosted guests.
Location: Via di Ripetta - 00186 Rome

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Checkout Piazza Navona

  • Check out Piazza Novona's winter market on your vacation in Rome in winter and experience celebration vibes and excitement.
  • Take some great photos at the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana di Nettuno, and Fontana del Moro, three renowned fountains.
  • Get a sense of Roman history at the Palazzo Braschi and the five-meter-deep underground museum.
  • experience spirituality while admiring a variety of magnificent frescoes, statues, and other decorations at the Sant'Agnese Church from the 17th century,
  • View Palazzo Pamphilj, a magnificent stately palace that is now the Brazilian Embassy in Rome.
Location: Navona Square - 00186 Rome

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People Also Ask About Rome

  1. What are the best places to visit in Rome in winter?

    • Pantheon
    Pantheon, an ancient Roman temple, is a must-see while on your trip to Rome in winter. It is one of the best-preserved historic Roman monuments that stand as a testament to the excellence of ancient Roman architecture. The temple's dome, rotunda, portico, interiors, and artworks all contribute to its attractiveness.

    • Roman Catacombs
    If you enjoy visiting weird and unusual places, don't skip the Roman Catacombs when you go to Rome in winter. These are the gravesites of the first Christians, who were forced to bury their dead outside the city. You will have chilling sensations while exploring the dark tunnels dug by hand around 2000 years ago.

    • Colosseum
    One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this ancient game arena in Italy is known for its impressive architecture, deadly gladiator games, and grand size. With a capacity of up to 50,000 spectators, this enormous amphitheater has four levels and eighty entrances, including separate entrances for royals, gladiators, and visitors.

    • Roman Forum
    A visit to Rome in the winter is incomplete without stopping by the Roman Forum, a square surrounded by the ruins of numerous significant historical structures. It was a location for trade, commerce, justice administration, processions and elections. It served as the center of Roman public life for many years and carries a great historical significance.
  2. Is it worth visiting Rome in winter?

    Yes, visiting Rome in the winter is definitely worthwhile because of the nice weather and less crowded areas. Winter in Rome means holiday lights, strolls through ancient history, a cozy café and restaurant scene, the aroma of hot chestnuts, and a warming winter sun in the cold air.
  3. Does Rome snow in winter?

    Yes, it snows in Rome, but it is not usual. Rome experiences average winter temperatures that stay above freezing, hence snow is not frequently seen there. However, you'll have a genuinely magnificent experience if you happen to be in Rome in winter when it snows.
  4. What is the coldest month in Rome?

    The coldest month in Rome is January with average temperatures of 46 °F. Some days may have pleasant highs of 53°F, but the temperature can drop below zero at night. Visit Rome in winter, especially January, for special bargains and Chinese New Year festivities if you don't mind the cold.
  5. Is the Colosseum open in Winter?

    The Colosseum is open all year round except December 25th, January 1st, and May 1st. It opens from 8.30 am till one hour before sunset so the opening hours vary depending on the time of year. It is open until 7:15 pm during the summer months and until 4:30 pm in winter.
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