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Things to Do in Rome in December

Explore Pantheon, Discover Sistine Chapel, Visit Colosseum, Explore Palatine Hill, Admire St. Peter’s Basilica, Take a Trastevere Neighbourhood Walk, Checkout Borghese Palace & Villa Borghese, Visit Roman Catacombs, Discover Vatican Museums and Checkout Piazza Navona.

With thousands of years of history, this small yet vibrant city, is home to the best of attraction, sculptures, artistic creations, that one can visit in Rome in December. Watch the 14 metre high pillars of Pantheon and explore the largest amphitheatre, Colosseum, which was the ground for extensive battles and other events hosted for the emperors.

One can explore some of Rome's most well-known attractions, like Pantheon, Colosseum, Basilicas, churches, and many more. You can enjoy the wine or hot chocolate during the occasional rain and snowfall which will add a romantic touch to your vacation. Other interesting things to do in Rome in December, includes exploring the public squares and neighbourhoods such as Trastevere and Piazza Navona.
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Essential Information About Rome in December

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Weather in Rome During the Month of December

  • As any other European nation, the weather in Rome gets pretty chilly during the months of December.
  • The average temperature during this time ranges between 7 degree to 10 degree celsius, and can go from cloudy and dank to extremely sunny as well.
  • Owing to the city having a Mediterranean climate all through the year, this month is rather cold, with the rare snowfall on some days.
  • Despite the unbeatable cold, the festive spirits are unbeatable which makes it one of the popular times to visit Rome In December. You will find a number of Christmas decorations lighting up the night sky.
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What to Pack for Rome in December

  • It is very important to carry a good pair of socks and shoes if you are visiting Rome In December as the weather can get extremely chilly at night.
  • Scarfs are a must to avoid the chilly breeze that flows throughout the day.
  • Carry a jacket at all times. Woollen clothes and waterproof sport jackets are another add on.
  • It is also smart to carry umbrellas and raincoats just in case of unexpected rain showers.
  • For girls, cardigans, pullover sweaters and turtlenecks are a good option.
  • Don't forget to carry gloves when visiting Rome during December.
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Things to Do in Rome in December

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Explore Pantheon

  • The pantheon is one of the biggest and most divine places to explore in Rome In December.
  • The Pantheon represents the diverse cultural history of Rome, being the first temple built in the 57 BC for the people of Rome.
  • The architecture of the Pantheon is truly divine, with over sixteen monoliths that are 14 metres high, adorned with some pink and grey granites, beautifully crafted bronze doors and more.
  • Tourists can choose to take self guided tours as well as trained guides with them to indulge in some of the most sought after things to do in Rome in December.

Location:
Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Timings:
Monday - Saturday 8:30 to 19:30
Sunday and holidays 9:00 to 01:00

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Discover Sistine Chapel

  • Constructed in the year 1512, the Sistine Chapel is another creative wonder which you must discover in your tour of Rome In December. 
  • The Sistine Chapel will greet you with beautiful paintings just when you enter. It is also the holy site where every year the pope of Rome gets elected. 
  • Michelangelo was the main architect behind the construction of the ceiling. The side was divided into three main years, with beautiful paintings known by the names of Life of Moses and The Life of Christ. 

Location: 00120 Vatican City

Timings:
9am - 4pm

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Visit Colosseum

  • Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre in the state, that was built during the reign of Flavian emperors is one of the most famous places to explore in Rome In December.
  • The construction of this beautiful structure dates back to BCE 72. The impressive structure of the attractions, consist of massive towers, that go upto a heights of 156 metres, with more than 80 eighty entrances to the theatre.
  • In earlier times, this theatre was where major events, fights and other activities were conducted for the emperors as it could accommodate an impressive capacity of 50,000 people.

Location:
Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Timings:
9am - 4.30pm

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Explore Palatine Hill

  • Palatine Hill is another one of the most exclusive landmarks to visit in Rome In December.
  • The beautifully engraved Domius Flavia, was built in the year 81 BC and served as a place of official residence for the Emperor Domitian.
  • If you are looking for the best things to do in Rome in December, visit the House of Livia and catch a glimpse of the eccentric remains of the mosaics and frescoes that at one time were used by the residents.
  • The beautiful Franese gardens are another aesthetic botanical beauties that will catch your eye.

Location:
Vatican City

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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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Take a Trastevere Neighbourhood Walk

  • If you want to relish upon the beautiful and engaging neighbourhood of Trastevere then do give this place a visit while exploring Rome In December.
  • The neighbourhood has aesthetic environments full of  narrow lanes, old churches, trattorias and cafés, wherein you and your loved ones can have a delightful time.
  • During the night time, the streets get crowded with party lovers and pub goers and take up a very cheerful ambiance that youngsters will definitely love and enjoy.
  • Explore the Piazza di Santa Maria and have delightful meals at the range of restaurants at those places.

Location: Trastevere, Neighborhood in Rome, Italy

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Checkout Borghese Palace & Villa Borghese

  • If you are looking to explore unique places in Rome In December, then head to The Galleria which is famous as an art museum housing exceptional paintings.
  • The gallery has a wide range of antiques, sculptures and paintings which one can marvel at. The park has an excellent pond, with beautiful botanical gardens and greenery that pose as the perfect background for your pictures.
  • The palace even has a zoo inside that has a wide range of animals and birds. With excellent vineyards, aesthetically beautiful gardens and green landscapes, you can expect to have a time of your life here. 

Location:
Piazza Borghese, 9, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

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Visit Roman Catacombs

  • One of the must do activities in Rome in December is exploring The Roman Catacombs.
  • The Catacombs are exclusive burial grounds that were used extensively by Jews and Christians by the 15th century.
  • Earlier in times, Christsians did not consider burning the dead bodies as a viable solution therefore these catacombs were created.
  • When you enter into these catacombs, you will come across subterranean passageways with labyrinths that run up to several kilometres long. It is extremely fascinating to explore and dig deep into these mysterious passageways which hold their own stories.

Location: Via Casilina in Rome, Italy, near the church of Santi Marcellino

Timings:
9am - 12pm

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Discover Vatican Museums

  • Situated right in the heart of the Vatican city, the Vatican Museums are another delightful attraction to explore in Rome In December.
  • Marvel at the wide range of paintings and sculptures that adorn the entire length of the gallery.
  • In here you will find amazing sculptures and paintings of Renaissance greats such as Raphael, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Bernini, and da Vinci.
  • The Vatican Museums are a great attraction to delve deeper into the historical ceremonies and revolutions.
Location: 00120 Vatican City

Timings: 8.30am - 10.30pm

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Checkout Piazza Navona

  • The beauty and aesthetically pleasing ambiance of Piazza Navona makes it one of the most beautiful attractions to explore in Rome during December.
  • This public square hosts a number of events all throughout the year. From water sports to amazing fountains, the square is a perfect location to spend your evening escapades at.
  • You will come across two of the most fantastic creations of Michelagon,  Fontana del Moro (the Fountain of the Moor) and the Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune) that will catch your eye.
  • Spend an evening vibing to the inevitable beautiful ambiance of this location in your Rome expedition.

Location:
Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

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People Also Ask About Rome

  1. What are the top things to do in Rome in December?

    • Colosseum: The Colosseum is one of the most famous things to explore in Rome In December. The Colosseum is also the largest amphitheatre in the state, and was built during the reign of Flavian emperors. With amazing architecture, this place and its beauty will definitely take your breath away.

    • Vatican Museums: The Vatican Museums are another exemplary attraction to explore in Rome during December. Discover paintings of Renaissance greats such as Raphael, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Bernini, and da Vinci. The Vatican Museums are a great attraction to delve deeper into the historical ceremonies and revolutions.

    • Roman Forum: The Roman forum is a collection of several buildings and their ruins which were of major importance back in their time.

    • Palatine Hill: The Palatine Hill is another one of the most exclusive attractions to visit in Rome In December. The hill has beautiful attractions that you will discover. The beautifully engraved Domius Flavia, was built in the year 81 BC. It served as a place of official residence for the Emperor Domitian.
  2. Is December a good time to visit Rome?

    Rome gets pretty chilly during the months of December. However the romantic and picturesque ambiance with the Christmas festivities will definitely make you beat the ruthless European cold. Make sure to carry proper winter wear before you explore Rome in december.
  3. What are the most romantic places to visit in Rome in December?

    Some of the most romantic places to visit in Rome in December with your partner include Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Grand Teatro dell’Opera and Pantheon.
  4. Is the Colosseum open in December?

    Yes, the Colosseum remains open all throughout the year.
  5. Can we visit Rome in December with kids?

    Yes, you can visit Rome in December with kids. Just remember to carry appropriate winter clothing for your kids to fight against the European cold and stay warm, while exploring a wide range of tourist attractions.
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