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During the Christmas holiday season in Rome, pretty much the whole city is open normally with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, the day after Christmas (Santo Stefano), and New Years’ Day.
The Vatican Museums will also be closed on January 6 (the Epiphany.)
MAIN ROME SITES THAT CLOSE IN ROME AT CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
Most of the major sites and monuments that have entry tickets, including the Colosseum, Forum, and Borghese Gallery, are closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.
They will, however, all be open on the 26th, despite that day also being a holiday.
The 26th of December is an excellent time to visit these sites.
They will be much less crowded than usual.
VATICAN CLOSING DAYS AND TIMES IN ROME AT CHRISTMAS
The Vatican museums are open normally throughout Christmas time, with the following exceptions:
• December 25, Christmas Day
• December 26, St. Stephens (Santo Stefano)
• January 1, New Years Day
• January 6, Epiphany
Saint Peter’s Basilica is open daily for visits and normally scheduled masses. The basilica opens at 7am and closes at 6:30pm. See below for more information about midnight mass at the Vatican.
ROME AT CHRISTMAS – SHOPS CLOSING HOURS
Many shops have extended hours from early November through the 6th of January, i.e. opening on Sundays or staying open through lunch when they don’t normally.
However, most shops will be closed by 6pm on Christmas Eve, and shops in Rome will be closed on both the December 25th and 26th.
Do you really need to shop on December 25th?
Termini train station has many shops, restaurants, a few pharmacies and a grocery store.
They are all open on Christmas Day
RESTAURANTS CLOSING IN ROME OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
Most Rome restaurants are open normally throughout the holiday season but may close for Christmas Eve, sometimes Christmas day (although many are open for Christmas day lunch, which is popular among Italians today), and particularly Christmas day evening.
Most Rome restaurants stay open for New Years’ Eve, offering a special New Years Eve menu (cenone, or big dinner), at a set price. Alternatively, some restaurants will offer an “a la carte” menu for Christmas and/or New Years, except that the menu will not be their usual one, and the prices will be higher.
Some Rome restaurants close for New Years day, either for lunch or the entire day.
After a day of sightseeing in Rome and Trastevere the best place to rest is placed in Trastevere; HOSTEL TRUSTEVER located in Via Francesco Benaglia, 13.