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Rome stay between Christmas and New Year.


I have done a search of previous discussions on visiting Rome over Christmas. Most of the discussions were about what was and wasn't open for Xmas and the 26th Dec. We are looking at arriving in the evening of the 26th and staying for 4 nights. I'm wondering how busy the city will be during this time of the year. Is it a popular and busy time to visit? Any will it be business as usual on the days I am looking at staying? Is Rome a good place to stay over this time period?

I would be really grateful of any help.

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1. Re: Rome stay between Christmas and New Year.

I'm glad you asked those questions. We'll be in Rome during that same time frame and was wondering the same thing. I hope some "experienced" Rome travelers can answer!

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2. Re: Rome stay between Christmas and New Year.

You might find some restaurants closed on the 26th, and the Vatican is closed on the 26th, but the Vatican Museum is open until 3:30 on the 27, 28 and 29. It's free entrance on the 30th.

I think you'll find most everthing open on the days that you're going to be there.

Have fun!


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3. Re: Rome stay between Christmas and New Year.

There's plenty of things open then and though a lot of Roman's take holidays, certainly on the 26th, you'll find museums and restaurants to keep you busy and well-fed. The city can be lovely this time of year with lots of visitors actually including Roman-born ones who return for the holidays. The atmosphere is very festive and crisp and there are much less tourists to contend with. Some years you luck out with extraordinarily nice weather, other years, like the winter before last, it gets pretty cold and wet.

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