Rome

Visiting Rome In January – The Definitive Guide

Rome is aptly named as the city of wonders as it really offers wonderment for everyone who visits. For the lovers of history it becomes the storyteller, who knows centuries worth of stories; for art lovers it is the platform that exhibits art-forms and artists of the past and the present; For culture enthusiasts it illustrates the evolvement of civilizations, for couples it becomes one the most romantic place in the world, for foodies it amalgamates traditional and modern taste, and last but not least for wanderlusts it is indeed one of the best places to visit for a wholesome experience.

What makes Rome in January Special?


rome in January

No tourist hordes - January’s cold weather does not invite flocks of tourist to the city and since the December festivities just ended, the locals also stay in for a while; giving you almost unhampered access to the city and all that it offers. On top it the ‘off-season’ helps save you on hotels and flights.

Vantage points - With lesser number of visitors to compete with, you don’t have to wait for your turn for too long. You get the best seats available whether visiting tourist spots such as the Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, Spanish Steps, or the market or to any restaurant or pub.

Much to do Indoors - While January remains mild in terms of weather, if you experience a harsh day than there is plenty of things to do indoor in Rome. Such as exploring the awe-inspiring exhibits in the museums or admire the beauty of the world’s most mesmerizing churches.

Rome Weather in January


Rome observes mild winter during the month of January. With an average temperature of 12°C during the day, the nights get chillier dipping down to around 3°C. Chances of sleet, snow and hail shower are quite low. If you don’t mind a snip, January is a good time to explore Rome while avoiding the hoard of tourists.

rome in january - weather

Rome in January : Things to do


1

Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

rome in january


Amongst Rome’s most defining landmarks, these sites depict the grandeur of ancient imperial Rome. Notably, the oval Colosseum is not just the largest amphitheatre ever built, it is also one of the new 7 wonders of the world. January offers you special vantage points without the hustle-bustle of tourist flocks.

January Timings - Daily from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location

Piazza del Colosseo, 00184, Rome,
Italy
Getting There ›

Priority Entrance Tickets to Colosseum, Roman Foru...
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€18
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€23
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Special Access Tickets: Colosseum Arena Floor & Ro...
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VIP Access Tickets: Vatican Museums & Colosseum wi...
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€69
Exclusive: Colosseum Underground, Arena and Dungeons
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€92
Skip The Line Guided Tour of Colosseum
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€34
Skip The Line Guided Tour of Colosseum with Arena ...
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€44
Priority Entrance Tickets to Colosseum, Roman Foru...
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€18
Priority Entrance Tickets With Audioguide to Colos...
from
€23
VIP Access Tickets: Vatican Museums & Colosseum wi...
from
€69
Special Access Tickets: Colosseum Arena Floor & Ro...
from
€36
Priority Access to the Colosseum & Sightseeing Hop...
from
€44
Rome Sightseeing Pass: Vatican, Colosseum, Public ...
from
€100
Express Colosseum Tour with Gladiator’s Entrance &...
from
€54
Guided Tour with Skip the Line Access to Colosseum...
from
€49
Skip The Line Guided Tour of Colosseum
from
€34
Exclusive: Colosseum Underground, Arena and Dungeons
from
€60
Express Guided Tour of Colosseum, Vatican Museums ...
from
€92
VIP Colosseum Night Tour with Underground & Arena ...
from
€80
Rome Sightseeing Pass: Vatican, Colosseum, Public ...
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€100
Skip The Line Guided Tour of Colosseum with Arena ...
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€44
Colosseum Underground Tour with Arena Floor & Roma...
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€104
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€72
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€69
Guided Tour with Skip the Line Access to Colosseum...
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€49
Borghese Gallery & Colosseum Half Day Guided Tour ...
from
€94
Priority Access to the Colosseum & Sightseeing Hop...
from
€44
VIP Caesar's Palace Tour with Colosseum and Roman ...
from
€72
Full Day Guided Tour of Vatican and Colosseum wit...
from
€118
Priority Entrance Tickets With Audioguide to Colos...
from
€23
Guided Walking Tour of Rome + Colosseum, Roman For...
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€83
Express Guided Tour of Colosseum, Vatican Museums ...
from
€92

2

Vatican Museums

rome in january - Vatican Museum


One of the most important museum complexes in the world, the Vatican Museums houses one of the world's greatest art collections ranging from Egyptian Age to late Renaissance. Escape the winter winds with the warmth of wonder and inspiration that is spread across 7 Kms of halls and corridors.

January Timings
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM;
Sunday: Closed except the last Sunday of each month: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM ;
Closed on 1 and 6 January.

Location

Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma RM,
Italy
Getting There ›

Escorted Skip The Line Tickets to Vatican Museum &...
from
€35
Skip the Line Tickets to the Vatican Museums and S...
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€28
Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
from
€39.9
Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel...
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€56
Exclusive Early Access Tickets to Vatican Museum &...
from
€50
Express Guided Tour of Colosseum, Vatican Museums ...
from
€92
Breakfast/Lunch at Vatican Museums with Skip The L...
from
€46
Early Access Group Tour to St. Peter's Basilica, V...
from
€75
Escorted Exclusive Skip The Line Tickets to Vatica...
from
€40
Vatican Skip the Line & Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off...
from
€58
Skip the Line Tickets to the Vatican Museums and S...
from
€28
Escorted Exclusive Skip The Line Tickets to Vatica...
from
€40
Breakfast/Lunch at Vatican Museums with Skip The L...
from
€46
Escorted Skip The Line Tickets to Vatican Museum &...
from
€35
Exclusive Early Access Tickets to Vatican Museum &...
from
€50
Vatican Skip the Line & Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off...
from
€58
Dedicated Access: St. Peter's Basilica Self Guided...
from
€19.5
Rome Sightseeing Pass: Vatican, Colosseum, Public ...
from
€100
Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel...
from
€56
Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
from
€39.9
Early Access Group Tour to St. Peter's Basilica, V...
from
€75
Vatican Skip the Line & Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off...
from
€58
Express Guided Tour of Colosseum, Vatican Museums ...
from
€92
Small Group Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s B...
from
€63
Rome Sightseeing Pass: Vatican, Colosseum, Public ...
from
€100
Papal Audience with Pope Francis Experience
from
€39
Angels & Demons Official Tour
from
€58
Full Day Guided Tour of Vatican and Colosseum wit...
from
€118
Dedicated Access: St. Peter's Basilica Self Guided...
from
€19.5
Guided Tour Of St. Peter's Basilica With Fast Trac...
from
€27
Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel...
from
€56
Early Access Group Tour to St. Peter's Basilica, V...
from
€75
Small Group Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s B...
from
€63
Fast Track: St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Necro...
from
€59

3

Sistine Chapel

rome in january - sistine chapel


Home to Michelangelo's The Last Judgment," the Sistine Chapel, is one of the greatest treasures of the Vatican City. The chapel where the popes are chosen and crowned is also renowned for its jaw-dropping frescoes that completely cover the walls and the ceiling.

January Timings
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM;
Sunday: Closed except the last Sunday of each month: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM ;
Closed on 1 and 6 January.

Location

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00136 Roma RM
Italy
Getting There ›

Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel...
from
€56
Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
from
€39.9
Early Access Group Tour to St. Peter's Basilica, V...
from
€75
Vatican Skip the Line & Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off...
from
€58
Express Guided Tour of Colosseum, Vatican Museums ...
from
€92
Small Group Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s B...
from
€63
Rome Sightseeing Pass: Vatican, Colosseum, Public ...
from
€100
Papal Audience with Pope Francis Experience
from
€39
Angels & Demons Official Tour
from
€58
Full Day Guided Tour of Vatican and Colosseum wit...
from
€118

4

St. Peter’s Basilica

rome in january - St. Peter’s Basilica


A Renaissance-era church, where the Pope presides many liturgies all year round, is one of the largest and one of the holiest temples of Christendom. Climb up to the top of the dome at St. Peter's Basilica and admire the stunning view of St Peter’s Square and most of the city.

January Timings
Daily, 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM, closed on 1st January.

Location

Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano,
Italy
Getting There ›

Dedicated Access: St. Peter's Basilica Self Guided...
from
€19.5
Guided Tour Of St. Peter's Basilica With Fast Trac...
from
€27
Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel...
from
€56
Early Access Group Tour to St. Peter's Basilica, V...
from
€75
Small Group Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s B...
from
€63
Fast Track: St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Necro...
from
€59

5

Trastevere Neighbourhood Walk

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Narrow cobbled streets, bustling with locals and visitors shopping, roaming, sipping beverages, exploring traditional and modern food joint, that's Trastevere for you. While welcoming all day long, it is especially mesmerizing as the night falls. The streets are magnificently lit up during January in continuation to the festive season.

January Timings
Open all day

6

Borghese Palace & Villa Borghese

rome in january- Borghese


The third largest public park in Rome is spread across almost 200 acres and features a man made-lake, Bioparco, the Rome Zoo, Still fully functioning Pincio’s Water Clock, Silvano Toti Globe Theatre, a recreation of Shakespeare’s Globe, and The Villa Borghese Gallery, an extraordinary art museum.

January Timings
Zoo - Monday to Friday: 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Museum - Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Closed on Monday and New Year's days

Location

Viale del Museo Borghese, 00197 Roma RM,
Italy
Getting There ›

Villa Borghese Gallery and Gardens Skip The Line G...
from
€53.1
Borghese Gallery & Colosseum Half Day Guided Tour ...
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€94
Borghese Gallery Small Group Tour with Bernini, Ca...
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€57

7

Roman Catacombs

rome in january-Roman Catacombs


A site that will creep you and fascinate you in equal amounts; subterranean passageways that were used a burial ground from the second century till the end of the fifth century. Rome has more than sixty catacombs comprising hundreds of kilometres, currently only five of them are open to the public.

January Timings
Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00
Closed on Sundays

Location

Via Salaria, 430, 00199 Roma RM,
Italy
Getting There ›

The Original Rome Capuchin Crypts and Catacombs Tour
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€69
Domitilla Catacombs Guided Tour & Open Shuttle Bus...
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€32
Catacombs of Domitilla, Appian Way and San Clement...
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€69

8

Trevi Fountain , Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona

rome in january-trevi fountain


Three exceptionally handsome Baroque-style architecture that are within the walking range of each other. Trevi is one of the most famous fountains in the world.The Spanish Steps are steps between Piazza di Spagna and Trinità dei Monti church. Whereas Piazza Navona is one of the most popular squares in Rome

January Timings
Free to visit any time of the day, though Trevi fountain gets cleaned early in the morning and is shut for the time.

Location

Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma RM,
Italy
Getting There ›

8

Legends and Ghosts Tour

rome in january-ghosts Tour


The eternal city is fueled by legends, some true and some myth. As the sun goes down some mystical guests come out to play. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, a trip around the town with chilly air and licensed tour guide is a must have experience.

January Timings
Daily at 8:00 PM and 9:15 PM

Location

S. Andrea della Valle Church, Rome
Italy
Getting There ›

8

Rome Food Tour

rome in january-Food Tour


Rome is infamous for its hearty food and what better season than winter, to experience some comfort food that will satiate your stomach and warm your heart. The city offers a plethora of food tours that lets you explore Rome’s culinary culture.

January Timings - According to the tour chosen

Rome in January : Festivals & Events


Rome in January events

Capodanno - New Year's Day

1st January
The first day of the year is observed as a national holiday in Italy. You can head to St. Peter's Square at noon for the Angelus with Pope Francis. He appears in one of the windows to address the crowds present. Celebrate New Year the Roman way if you're here!

Rome in January events

The Epiphany (La Festa dell'Epifania)

6th January
In the Vatican City, hundreds dressed in medieval costumes gather to march towards the Vatican to celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ; carrying symbolic gifts for the Pope, who later conducts a morning mass in St. Peter's Basilica.

Rome in January events

Festa di San Antonio Abate

17th January
It's the day of the "Blessing of the Animals", many farmers and pet owners bring their animals annually to seek blessing from a cardinal. Followed by a big parade where officials in all their regalia come riding a horse.

Rome in January events

Saldi - Sales

All Weekends
Usually on the weekend after New Years till stock lasts, Italy observes it annual massive winter sale in January, the official dates vary each year. Almost all the shops including the high-end ones offer massive discounts upto 70%, it can continue as long as 60 days

Rome in January : 5-day Itinerary


Need help planning your Rome vacation? Check out our detailed Rome itineraries here.

5 Days In Rome Itinerary

Day
1
Morning
Roman Colosseum Tour
Colosseum

Afternoon
Roman Forum Palatine Hill
Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Late Evening
Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

Free Entry

Day
2
Morning
St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica & Vatican Necropolis

Noon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

Afternoon
Sistine Chapel
Sistine Chapel

€5

Day
3
Morning
Borghese Gallery
Borghese Gallery

Afternoon
Roman Catacombs
Roman Catacombs

Late Evening
Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano
Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano

€10

Day
4
Day Trip Option #1
Rome to Naples
Rome to Naples

Day Trip Option #2
Rome to Pompeii
Rome to Pompeii

Day Trip Option #3
Rome to Amalfi Coast
Rome to Amalfi Coast

Day
5
Morning
Trastevere
Trastevere

Afternoon
Roman Ghetto
Roman Ghetto

Evening
Appian Way
Appian Way

Where to eat while visiting Rome in January?


rome in January
Roman artichokes

A speciality of the season as they won’t taste as good in any other season. Prepared in two ways - alla giudia, the Jewish style where the entire artichoke is deep fried. Alla Romana style, the artichoke is stuffed with garlic and wild mint, braised in olive oil and white wine.
Where to eat: Hosteria Romana, Via del Boccaccio; Piperno, Via Monte dè Cenci.

rome in January
The Supplì

Supplì means “surprise”, it is a popular street food that is often eaten as an appetizer before eating the pizza. Traditionally the deep fried rice ball is filled with some combination of meat, tomato sauce, and cheese. Some eateries offer a modern twist like cacio e pepe.
Where to eat: 00100 Pizza, Via Giovanni Branca; La Casa del Supplì, Piazza dei Re di Roma 20.

rome in January
Pizza Romana

Unlike your regular Pizza, the Pizza Romana is shaped like a rectangle. The dough includes different type of flour and is set to rise for several days. Notably, many places in Rome sell Pizza by weight, so choose your toppings wisely.
Where to eat: La Renella Forno Antico Trastevere, Via del Moro; Antico Forno Roscioli, Via dei Chiavari

rome in January
Spaghetti alla carbonara

In simple (English) words, a creamy chicken and mushroom pasta. Though the authentic Roman Spaghetti alla carbonara doesn’t involve cream. In fact the creaminess is derived from beating the cheese and egg and protein used is guanciale i.e. pork jowls.
Where to eat: La Carbonara, Via Panisperna; Roscioli. Via Dei Giubbonari, 21

Rome January Essentials


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Rome in January Weather

Officially January is the coldest time of the year in Rome, though due to it’s Mediterranean location the city enjoys milder winter than the other parts of Europe. While the winter days are short, it can be surprisingly warm and sunny between 11am and 4pm.

Where to Stay in Rome during January

Accommodation located between Tiber River, Termini station, Piazza di Spagna and the Colosseum are a great choice for travellers as they will be able to walk most of the Rome’s top attraction. The city offers a variety of hotels, hostels, apartment and camping sites that you can choose as per your budget.

  • Luxury Hotels: The First Roma, Palazzo Naiadi, The Dedica Anthology,Residenza Napoleone III, The Inn At The Spanish Steps
  • Budget: Hotel Des Artistes, Relais Palazzo Taverna, Hotel Des Artistes
  • Hostels : Palladini Hostel,Generator Hostels, The Yellow Hostel

What to Pack for Visiting Rome in January

Looking at the weather conditions it should be noted that the best way to cover yourself is layering. As you could remove a layer when the sun is blazing and add a thick jacket or a scarf as the night falls. Here a list of what you should take along: thick jackets, warmers, scarves, hats, gloves, thick socks, comfortable shoes, an small umbrella.

Getting Around Rome in January

Rome offers an extensive and varied public transport system including metro, tram, bus, urban railway and taxis, that are user-friendly and cheap. Depending upon your stay and itinerary you can also opt for transport ticket and travel passes that come in varied variety and gives unlimited access (for the duration) to most public transport within the city.

Public transportation tickets can be availed from vending machines at any metro station, convenience stores or newsagents. Tickets could be bought online as well, with the benefit of additional discounts.

Tips for Visiting Rome in January


  • Roma Pass: It a tourist card that avails tickets of major attractions in the city at discount-price and unlimited use of the public transport for two or three days, depending on the card purchased.
  • Walk: Most tourist attraction are at a walking distance from the heart of the city. A good walk will not only warm you up, but will let you take in every beautiful aspect of Rome.
  • Free visits: Plan your visit according to free day offered by Rome like on the first Sunday of every month, state sites and museums are free for everyone. Including Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Galleria Borghese, Palazzo Barberini among others. Furthermore, On the last Sunday of every month, it is free to visit the Vatican Museums.
  • Save on airfare and hotels: January is a off-season for tourists and thus the prices of flights and hotel are often cheaper. Plan well and book in advance to avail more discount.
  • Plethora of options: Another benefit of visiting the city in January is that the streets, cafes and restaurants are not brimming with local or tourists crowd (except the festival days). The reduced crown enable you choose your favorite spot out of the wide variety of modern and traditional bars and restaurants offered by Rome, without having to wait for too long.

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