Rome, the city of history and romance, is one of my favourite destinations for New Year’s Eve in Italy. Among the most vivid New Year’s Eve celebrations are the masked balls that enliven the city’s famous neighborhoods, but to await the arrival of midnight Piazza del Popolo, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, Piazza Navona (with its Christmas market) or Villa Borghese are very popular places too. Or go see the 25-metre high Christmas tree from Bavaria and Nativity scene from Trento that light up St Peter’s Square. Normally every year a free concert takes place at the Via dei Fori Imperiali from 20:00 till 02:00, but this year for the first time in over twenty years the Imperial Forum and the Circus Maximus are likely to celebrate New Years Eve Rome without music. Here are a few our suggestions.
Amore festival 2016 NYE
The Capodanno Amore Festival 2016 in Rome has been selected by the prestigious Mixmag magazine as the best event of the year, second only to Awakening. Now in its twentieth year, Capodanno Amore 2016 is gearing up to become the biggest party of Rome’s New Years Eve, hosting last year more than 15,000 clubbers. At this festival the concept Love reigns in all its grandeur, bringing together talented DJs, VJs and performers from all over the world. Amore 2016 will be held at the New Fair of Rome (la Nuova Fiera di Roma )on December 31, preluded by a party on December, 30 and after parties on 1 and 2 January next year. World famous DJs, like Len Faki, Solomun and Pan Pot, already make New Year Love 2016 an excellent choice to finish the year, but wait until you see the rest.
Address: Fiera di Roma, Via Portuense 1645, 1647 Rome
Web: Amore festival 2016 NYE
Pub crawling at New Years Eve Rome
The stage is set for an interesting evening, when Pub Crawl’s New Years Eve Bash takes you partying at the best bars and clubs in downtown Rome, only to stop for the countdown at midnight to see the fireworks. The theme is: dress to impress.
Address: The Highlander Pub, Vicolo di San Biagio 9 (cornering Via della Lupa), 00186 Rome
Web: Pub Crawl Rome
Theatre at Teatro della Cometa on NYE
To get into the Christmas spirit go to Teatro della Cometa di Roma to see Vicini di stalla (neighbors of the barn). Vicini di stalla is the humorous tale of two nomadic herders Coral and Ethan and their inseparable donkey Rosaria. After a long journey from Magna Grecia into the deserts of the Middle East, they finally seem to have found the roof that’s right for them to settle down. All is not what it seems tough, their nights are soon disturbed by the noises coming from the adjacent barn. Vicini di stalla is a story that makes you both laugh and think, while you’ll find out some details that no one, until now, has ever told you about the Nativity. On New Years Eve there is a special performance at 21:30 hours plus dinner.
Address: Via del Teatro Marcello, 4 Rome
Web: Teatro della Cometa
Exhibition – Balthus in the Scuderie del Quirinale and Villa Medici
During the last day of the year it is not too late to explore the art of Polish-French painter Balthus in two different venues: 1. A complete retrospective built around Balthus’ best-known masterpieces at the Scuderie del Quirinale. 2. An exhibition of works realized during Balthus’ Roman stay with highlights and an in-depth analysis of his working method, his creative process, his use of models, his techniques and his recourse to photography at the Villa Medici.
Born in Paris to a Polish father, a renowned art critic, and a lively Russian mother who painted, Balthasar Klossowski de Role, aka Balthus (1908–2001) spent his childhood in Berlin, Berne and Geneva. A self-taught artist, he held his first exhibition at Galerie Pierre, Paris in 1934. He was an avid admirer of the Renaissance masters and Piero della Francesca in particular. He applied their techniques to depict one of his favourite subjects: young people struggling with their adolescence. Early ink studies of Paris streets and passersby demonstrate what Balthus himself described as his “timeless realism.” His youthful passion for Italian culture was repaid in 1961 when he became director of the French Academy in Rome at Villa Medici, which he restored extensively. In 1970 Balthus acquired a medieval castle near Viterbo, an hour’s drive north of the city. The tower ruin inspired many of his works.
Address Scuderie del Quirinale: Via XXIV Maggio 16, 00186 Rome
Address Villa Medici: Viale della Trinità dei Monti 1, 00187 Roma
Web: Scuderie Quirinale
Auditorium Parco della Musica
Gigi Proietti is back by popular demand (after seven sold out shows in July) to celebrate the New Year with his show “War Horses”. War Horses offers a unique opportunity to see this versatile artist on stage, together with his daughters Susan and Charlotte, Recited and a band conducted by Maestro Mario Vicari. Auditorium Parco della Musica Sala S.Cecilia at 22:00 hrs.
Around the same time you can see and hear the acclaimed contemporary gospel South Carolina Mass Choir with their mix of modern and traditional rhythms. Their sound is known to be explosive, but also full of nuances in the most genuine Afro-American gospel tradition.
Address: Viale Pietro de Coubertin 30, 00196 Roma
Web: Auditorium Parco della Musica
We dance Roma in the factory space of Macro, former Slaughterhouse (Testaccio)
On the last night of the year DJ Fabio Screamadelica Luzietti (Radio Città Futura) and DJ Pepe Skalibur will entertain you at the -We Dance Rome- dance floor with the rhythms of the capital.
In the same venue Marcos Valle and Eumir Deodato and the 4 members of Gazzara will launch their “Bossa Lounge Experience” for NYE, inspired by the classic carioca sounds of Sergio Mendes. Pioneers of acid jazz and lounge, Gazarra (5 albums since 1996 and songs for the TV series “Sex and the City”) promises an evening full of bossa nova, lounge and “hammond” jazz.
Address: Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4, 00153 Rome
Web: We Dance Rome
#We Run Rome the 10 km run through the eternal city on the last day of the year
Are you ready to conquer the streets of Rome? Now in its fourth consecutive year We Run Rome, the 10 km run on the last day of the year through the most evocative parts of the city, will receive runners and amateurs (any level is welcome) alike from all over Europe. After the departure at 15:00 (or 3 PM) from the Baths of Caracalla, the race will skirt the Circus Maximus, cross Piazza Venezia, Piazza del Popolo, the Pincio, pass around the Colosseum and many other roads of the eternal city. You have to register to be able to participate.
registration amateurs or non-competitors
registration runners participating in competition
Or just revel throughout the day, and turn in well before the clock strikes 12 for a glass of wine or an aperitivo in one of Rome’s many enotecas (wine bars like L’Enoteca Antica di Via della Croce) or restaurants. Being the capital, the selection of activities to choose from for your New Years Eve are very wide. If you really want to enjoy a grand party book a table in one of Rome’s many clubs, like Club Epoque, the new location of the Micca Club, where they throw a New Years Eve Rome party for all lovers of burlesque or prepare yourself for the funniest men-only gay New Year’s party with the gogo-rilla dancers and international guest DJs Moussa and Alessandro Londra. But above all enjoy Rome and have fun!