23/12/2021

What to do in Rome at Christmas and on New Year’s Eve

Christmas is just around the corner, and the city of Rome is preparing to celebrate the end of 2021 in the best possible way. In these days leading up to the festive season, the health crisis is worsening in most European countries, but by taking the necessary precautions we can all help to avoid infections, while enjoying the historical, artistic and cultural beauties of Rome. We have chosen a few Roman attractions that will help you enjoy a well-deserved holiday while keeping safe.

What to do in Rome between Christmas and the New Year

We are in the winter season, but thanks to Rome’s climate you can still enjoy the city en plein air, even on the coldest days of the year. Here are a few ideas we have gathered up about how to make the most of the enchanting Roman Christmas on the city’s streets.

Ice Skating

Although ice skating is more closely associated with northern European cities, Rome has a number of open-air rinks where you can skate with the whole family, in some cases without the need for a green pass.

One of the most striking rinks is undoubtedly that installed at the center of the Auditorium Parco della Musica. While you are there you can also visit Christmas World, the festival dedicated to exploring Christmas traditions from around the world, a real journey into the magic of Christmas.

Another large, open-air skating rink can be found at the Porta di Roma shopping center, on the outskirts of the city, an ideal place to combine shopping and fun, perhaps sipping a hot chocolate in one of the many mall bars.

If you want to get away from the city for a few hours, you can go to Tivoli, which is preparing to celebrate Christmas with the long-awaited return of the outdoor ice rink and a real Christmas village.

Credits: https://www.roma.com/christmas-world-a-roma-il-natale-di-tutto-il-mondo/

Take a stroll in a Roman Park

If you want to enjoy a Christmas holiday in close contact with nature, there is no need to leave Rome, its parks and green spaces rivalling the most beautiful and unspoilt places of the Rome province.
If you are looking for a large park to get lost in, with its 190 hectares of greenery, why not try the Parco della Caffarella.

The park is crossed by the Almone river, which the ancient Romans considered to be sacred, and is rich in historical and archaeological remains, including tombs, villas, towers and hydraulic works, including the Valche, towers used as mills, dating back to the 11th century. You can follow the main path of the Caffarella Valley, the site of myths and legends linked to the history of Rome, and rich in biodiversity. It’s like being in the countryside, even though you are just a few steps away from the city center, and you will be surprised by the park’s rich fauna, such as the peregrine falcon, the frogs inhabiting the many ponds and ditches, the green woodpecker and the porcupine.

Villa Borghese Park is the ideal destination for those looking for a green place rich in architectural and artistic treasures, including age-old trees, lakes and Italian gardens. Couples in love can stroll along the romantic paths that criss-cross the park, or go to the Lake Garden, where you can hire a boat and admire the Temple dedicated to Aesculapius at the center of the lake, and the Sundial and Fountain of the Satyr Family along its banks. Other nearby attractions include: the Secret Gardens; Piazza di Siena, named after the city of origin of the Borghese family, and home to the International Show Jumping competition; Casino Borghese, housing the Borghese Gallery; Villa Giulia Etruscan Museum, and the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Another not-to-be-missed park is Villa Pamphilj, the former country residence of the Pamphilj family, in the Monteverde neighborhood, where you can see relics from the Roman and Medieval periods, including structures of the Trajan-Paul aqueduct in the northern part and Casale di Giovio, with the remains of impressive walls from the Imperial age and a decorated early Medieval architrave. The Casino del Bel Respiro is an enchanting example of 17th century Italian architecture, with its Italian-style gardens and fountains. This park is great for those who love trekking: you can cover distances of over 10 kilometers, passing from one side of the park to the other thanks to the bridge crossing the via Olimpica.

Credits: https://www.turismoroma.it/it/luoghi/etru-museo-nazionale-etrusco-di-villa-giulia

Christmas and New Year’s Eve dining

After so much outdoor activity, you can finally enjoy a well-deserved rest and savor the pleasures of Roman and Italian cuisine.

Ristorante Amedeo is ready to welcome you to its spacious premises with rich and sophisticated menus it has prepared for the end-of-year festivities in Rome.

For Christmas Eve, the chef has come up with a surprising fish menu, starting with smoked swordfish and buffalo mozzarella roulade with confit tomato and oregano, then moving on to tonnarello pasta with shrimps, yellow datterino tomatoes and crispy courgette flowers, followed by grilled squid with misticanza salad and green apple, accompanied by cod croquettes. The grand finale of this rich food and wine experience is Matteo Dolcemascolo’s handmade panettone, served with custard.

Christmas lunch is more traditional: the artichokes in batter with mint mayonnaise starter is followed by meat-stuffed tortellini in broth with crispy vegetables, the main course is breaded lamb chops with golden new potatoes and Roman-style puntarelle, while the dessert is Matteo Dolcemascolo’s panettone with custard.

For dinner on New Year’s Eve, Amedeo has planned an à la carte menu or alternatively a fixed menu. In both cases, the sommelier has come up with some interesting pairings, choosing wines from the restaurant’s well-stocked cellar.

AMEDEO’S TASTE AMBASSADORS

Here you will find a collection of reviews from our loyal customers.

  • star rating  Il ristorante in centro che non ti aspetti - Abbiamo cenato da Amedeo con amici un sabato sera, giornata complicata per antonomasia per i ristoranti di Roma.
    Ciò nonostante, la serata è stata molto piacevole grazie alla gentilezza del... read more

    avatar thumb DaniloSpanu
    27/11/2022

    star rating  Posto eccellente - Abbiamo mangiato come antipasto carciofi e fagottino di melanzane e come primo amatriciana e carbonara. Per finire abbiamo mangiato diversi tipi di dolci: tiramisù, tortino al cioccolato, cheesecake e gelato... read more

    avatar thumb Santina R
    26/11/2022

    star rating  Top! - Fin da subito il personale e l’ambiente appare accogliente. I piatti rappresentano la tradizione della cucina romana e del centro italia con attenzione ai dettagli ed ai sapori originali.
    Torneremo... read more

    avatar thumb Lorenzo C
    26/11/2022
  • star rating  L'autentico sapore di Roma  - La più buona carbonara mai mangiata in vita mia, locale bello e accogliente, staff molto cortese, adoro ancora di più Roma adesso...

    avatar thumb Giancarlo87
    18/11/2022

    star rating  Un buon ristorante nei pressi della stazione - Siamo andati a cenare alla fine di ottobre in questo ristorante vicino stazione termini.
    Arredamento, voto 7.5
    Gentilezza e professionalità del personale, voto 8
    Cibo 7.5
    CONSIGLIATO !!!

    avatar thumb TOPODIFOGNA65-_
    03/11/2022

    star rating  Tutto perfetto - Cibo e servizio eccellenti, Giovanni molto simpatico e professionale.
    Prezzi giusti data la qualità dei piatti.

    avatar thumb gabrielesQ9961TY
    01/11/2022
  • star rating  Una serata particolare - Questo ristorante era vicino al nostro hotel e, anche grazie a un sito web molto ben curato, abbiamo deciso di entrare.
    Abbiamo prenotato quasi all’ora di cena, ma abbiamo... read more

    avatar thumb aurorabi70
    24/10/2022

    star rating  Cena gradevole - Il locale mi è stato consigliato dal portiere dell'hotel accanto. Di solito non li ascolto ma questa volta ci sono andato ed ho trovato una cucina valida, personale preparato e... read more

    avatar thumb fabrizio_dominici
    24/10/2022

    star rating  Eccellente - Locale molto bello e accogliente, pulito.
    Personale molto qualificato, cordiale e attento alle esigenze del cliente.
    Atmosfera giovanile e cibo di qualità.
    Sicuramente un locale fatto di sostanza e di... read more

    avatar thumb ste0976
    19/10/2022
  • star rating  Il ristorante in centro che non ti aspetti - Abbiamo cenato da Amedeo con amici un sabato sera, giornata complicata per antonomasia per i ristoranti di Roma.
    Ciò nonostante, la serata è stata molto piacevole grazie alla gentilezza del... read more

    avatar thumb DaniloSpanu
    27/11/2022
  • star rating  Posto eccellente - Abbiamo mangiato come antipasto carciofi e fagottino di melanzane e come primo amatriciana e carbonara. Per finire abbiamo mangiato diversi tipi di dolci: tiramisù, tortino al cioccolato, cheesecake e gelato... read more

    avatar thumb Santina R
    26/11/2022
  • star rating  Top! - Fin da subito il personale e l’ambiente appare accogliente. I piatti rappresentano la tradizione della cucina romana e del centro italia con attenzione ai dettagli ed ai sapori originali.
    Torneremo... read more

    avatar thumb Lorenzo C
    26/11/2022