Whether you’re looking for a traditional San Silvestro party with the locals, a banging club night with tunes curated by top DJs or some sophisticated fine dining, there’s plenty on offer in Rome this New Year’s Eve. Here’s some ideas for how to see out 2017 in the Eternal City.
Music and fireworks at Via dei Fori Imperiali
Via dei Fori Imperiali, the road that runs from Piazza Venezia to the Colosseum, plays host to a free concert on New Year’s Eve. Cutting through the ruins of the ancient Imperial Fora, the road is an atmospheric spot to ring the in the New Year. Last year Italian popstar Claudio Baglioni entertained the crowds, followed by a midnight firework spectacular. Arrive early to secure a good spot.
Harlem Gospel Choir in concert
As part of the Roma Gospel Festival, now in its 21st year, the Harlem Gospel Choir performs at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Flaminio district of Rome. The group was founded on Martin Luther King’s birthday, 1986 and has performed with international artists such as Diana Ross, John Legend and Simple Minds.
Cosmo Festival 2017
Chris Liebing, Loco Dice, Len Faki and other names from the house and techno scenes come to the Italian capital for Cosmo’s 10-hour New Year’s Eve party. The event takes place across four venues at Piazza Guglielmo Marconi in the EUR district of the city – Spazio900, Salone Delle Fontane, Room26 and Plusroom. Tickets go for €50.
Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, Rome, Italy, + 39 06 521 3793
Attend a traditional San Silvestro Party
Those lucky enough to bag an invite to someone’s house on New Year’s Eve in Rome will discover some of Italy’s annual rituals. Also known as La Festa di San Silvestro, New Year celebrations kick off with the cenone – literally translating to big dinner. The feast will traditionally include lentils – their coin-like shape is believed to bring prosperity in the coming year – and either a fatty pork sausage known as cotechino or stuffed zampone – pig’s trotter. Don’t forget to raise a toast with a glass of spumante.
Classical music at Piazza del Quirinale
For an elegant way to greet the New Year, head to Piazza del Quirinale atop the highest of Rome’s seven hills. An annual classical music concert takes place in front of the Quirinal Palace, an official residence of the Italian president (currently Sergio Mattarella) who is usually in attendance.
Make Tchaikovsky the soundtrack for New Year’s Eve as this two-act ballet returns to the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Adapted and choreographed by Giuliano Peparini, the show features ballerinas Rebecca Bianchi and Susanna Salvi. See website for tickets.
Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 1, Rome, Italy, +39 06 4816 0255
Menu San Silvestro at Marzapane
Opened in 2013, Marzapane is one of Rome’s most in-demand fine dining restaurants. Elegant and sophisticated without being stuffy, the kitchen is headed up by Spanish chef Alba Esteve Ruiz, formerly of the 3-Michelin star El Cellar de Can Roca. The Marzapane menu balances Italian and Iberian flavours and New Year’s Eve is no different – seafood salad, barbecued eel and lenticchie e cotechino all find a place on the 10-course menu.
Marzapane, Via Velletri, 39, Rome, Italy, +39 06 6478 1692
La Festa di Roma
According to Il Giornale, the annual New Year’s concert held at Circus Maximus won’t take place this year with resources being focused on La Festa di Roma instead. The full itinerary will be available at comune.roma.it but if last year’s event is anything to go by, expect music, theatre, cinema, art installations, readings and other creative activities – all taking place on the bridges of the Tiber River.
Triskell NYE at Circolo degli Illuminati
Triskell Electronic clubnights return to Circolo degli Illuminati for a three-night run to celebrate the arrival of 2018. Each evening will take place against the backdrop of a specially designed tape art installation by urban refurbishers and interior designers Motorefisico, as well as cutting-edge 3D projections and light effects. The last day of 2017 will be seen out with DJ sets from Valentino Kanzyani and Andrey Pushkarev, among others.
Circolo Degli Illuminati, Via Giuseppe Libetta, 1, Rome, Italy, +39 327 761 5286
NYE at Il Pagliaccio
Blow the budget and dine at 2-Michelin star Il Pagliaccio this New Year’s Eve. Chef Anthony Genovese was born in France to southern-Italian parents and worked in Japan and Malaysia before opening Il Pagliaccio in 2003. Genovese draws from his travels and often brings exotic and unusual flavours to his creations. The final dishes of 2017 include onion soufflé with parmigiano ice cream, risotto with chestnut, persimmon and dark chocolate, and pigeon carpaccio with Iranian caviar and gin.
Il Pagliaccio, Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 129/a, Rome, Italy, +39 06 6880 9595