Though most visitors come to Rome during the summer months, the fact remains that the Eternal City is close to its best in December. The last month of the year is chilly and damp in Rome and it can often rain as well. This just means that you will have to carry an umbrella and possibly dine indoors instead of at street cafes. But there’s another side to it. There are fewer tourists this time of the year, and so you will be able to get hotel rooms at lower prices. That’s quite a savings. A lot of hotels in Rome also offer free upgrades to their guests. Many restaurants carry a special menu just before Christmas as well.
And here’s one more good reason to visit Rome in December. You can be sure that there will be no queue for St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, or the Colosseum. This means you will end up spending more time there with less stress. With fewer people around, you can take more time to see some of the more important attractions closely. You will have the Trevi Fountain all to yourself as well. Is this reason enough to visit Rome in December? Perhaps the only time to avoid the city is in the week before Christmas, as Italians love to leave the shopping until the last minute and traffic can become difficult during this time.
Christmas Time in Rome
You might not mind this if you are interested in spending Christmas in Rome. Head to Piazza Navona for the Christmas market where you’ll find all types of sticky sweets, handmade items, and fun toys at the various stalls. There is also a Mary Poppins-style merry-go-round that you may enjoy. During December in Rome, there are many other events and festivals in the city as well. The streets, homes, and churches are wonderfully decorated. It all looks very beautiful. You should definitely be at the Spanish Steps and in the St Peter’s Square. You will also have an amazing time at the skating rinks along the Tiber River.
Yes, it might rain or seem gloomy in December in Rome, but it’s not always like that. During winter in Rome, the travertine and winter edges are sharper. Colors are vivid. The low-flying sun makes the city turn into a big Baroque stage set. In some days of December, the sky looks like the Volare shade of blue. And it’s an amazing time to visit Rome.