January Events of Rome
Welcome to 2019! As a new year starts, we hope that some positive resolutions came with it. Maybe one of your resolutions for the new year involved traveling more, and so you’re now packing your bags, headed to Rome, Italy. But what is there to do in Rome during this time? What are the January events of Rome? Read on to find out more about the main highlights of the month in Rome.
January Events of Rome: Exhibitions
Visiting Rome in January is very convenient timing. For the first couple weeks, schools (and some workplaces) are closed, so you’ll experience less traffic than usual in the morning. This also means, however, that some touristy places will be a bit more crowded (nothing that some time management or our tours of Rome can’t solve!). Once schools open again though, you’ll find out that January is actually a really good time to tour and visit Rome. If you keep reading this article, you’ll see a list of January events of Rome that you can’t miss. Some are more family-friendly than others, and they’re definitely all worth a visit. Enjoy!
Pixar: 30 years of animation – Palazzo delle Esposizioni. (Until January 20th)
This exhibition that displays 30 years’ worth of Pixar’s animation is one of the January events of Rome suitable for all ages, especially those young at heart! For those who’ll go, on certain dates there are private screenings of movies: Wall-E on January 1st, and Up on January 8th. Tickets to the exhibition are €12,50. It’s possible to visit from 10am to 8pm on Sundays and Tuesdays to Thursdays; from 10am to 10:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays; closed on Mondays. Palazzo delle Esposizioni is on Via Nazionale 194, which is close to A line metro stop Repubblica. However, the stop has been closed for a while now because of construction works, so the easiest way to get there is from Termini station, take the buses 64, 70, 71, 117, 170, or H and get off at the stop Nazionale/Palazzo Esposizioni.
Dream: Art meets Dreams – Chiostro del Bramante (Until May 5th)
This exhibition is one of the things to do in January in Rome for all of those people who never stopped dreaming. The best thing about it is that you can interact with the art and take as many pictures as you like with it. Tickets cost €14. You can visit Monday thru Friday from 10am to 8pm; on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 9pm. The exhibition is on Via Arco della Pace 5, and you can easily get there by taking the 64 or 40 buses from Termini station, to then get off at Largo Argentina. From there, it’s a 10-minute walk. Alternatively, you can get on the 70 from Termini and get off at the stop Senato; from there, it’s only a 3-minute walk.
Marcello Mastroianni – Ara Pacis (Until February 17th)
For those who love old movies, this exhibition is a must, an interesting answer to the question: what to do in January in Rome? Marcello Mastroianni has been one of the most famous Italian actors in the ‘40s and ‘50s. This exhibition honors his work and collaboration with other great artists. Tickets are between €9 and €15, depending on if you just want to visit the museum or the exhibition as well. You can go in and visit every day from 9:30am and 7:30pm. To get to Ara Pacis to visit this exhibition as one of the January events of Rome, you can either take the A line and get off at Spagna (from there it’s a 10-minute walk), or you can take the B line, get off at Colosseo, take the bus 87 and get off at a stop called Lgt Marzio; from there, the destination is only 3 minutes away by foot.
Sculptures by Picasso – Galleria Borghese (Until February 3rd)
This is one of the truly memorable January events of Rome, because this exhibition is the first one in Italy dedicated to Picasso as a sculptor. Set up inside Galleria Borghese in Rome, tickets are €20 each. You can visit Tuesdays thru Sundays from 9am to 7pm (on Thursdays it’s open until 9pm). To get to Galleria Borghese the easiest route is to take buses 910 or 92 and get off at the stop called Pinciana/Museo Borghese. Alternatively, A line metro stops Flaminio, Barberini and Spagna offer good connections through other buses. For more info on public transport, click here.
Andy Warhol & Pollock – Complesso del Vittoriano (Until February)
Two different exhibitions in the same complex that welcomes the showcase of two great artists. Paying it a visit would really be one of the highlights of January in Rome. Tickets for both artists combined cost €24; each is around €15 per exhibition instead. Complesso del Vittoriano is open Monday thru Thursday from 9:30am to 7:30pm, on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30am to 10pm, on Sundays from 9:30am to 8:30pm. On national holidays (i.e. January 6th) times might be slightly different. Located in Piazza Venezia, it is really easy to get there: you can either get off at B line metro station Colosseo, and then walk for about 10 minutes, or take buses 81, 85, 87, 186, 571, 810, 850 and get off at Piazza Venezia.
January Events of Rome: Ice-skating
If you’re traveling with your significant other, or with your kids and family, ice-skating might be the right option for you! Every year, around Christmas time, many ice rinks pop up all around Rome. Some are set up by the city, some others by malls and private companies. Going ice-skating can be both fun and romantic, that’s why we’ve included it in the January events of Rome! Down below you’ll find a list of places where you can go ice-skating during January and how to get there. Keep an eye on it, because some ice rinks might close before the end of the month!
- Auditorium Parco della Musica (open every day until March 3rd, from 11am to 12am – on holidays and Sundays, from 10am to 12am). This ice rink is set up on Viale de Coubertin. That’s right next to a series of concert halls designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano. Tickets cost around €10, reduced to €6 if kids are under 6 years old.
How to get there: the Auditorium is only a couple miles away from Piazza di Spagna, but you get easily get there by getting off at Flaminio (A line metro stop) and then hop on tram #2. Alternatively, buses 910, 53, 982, 168 will take you there as well.
For more info: +39 0680241281
- Euroma2 ice park (open every day until February 17th, from 10am to 10pm). This ice rink is pretty big (600 square meters!) and set up close by to the mall in the south of Rome called Euroma2. Tickets are €8 during the week, €10 during the weekend; reduced price for kids is €6.
How to get there: Euroma2 is not too far from Eur Fermi, a B line metro stop. That is, if you then take a bus among # 70, 700 or 709 and get off at the stop called Colombo/Pacifico. From there, it’s a couple more minutes by foot.
For more info: +39 06 5262161
- Porta di Roma ice village (open every day until January 6th, from 10am to 10pm). This ice rink is right outside this mall in the northern area of Rome. Tickets to get in and start skating are €6 for half hour, and €10 for an hour. However, if you get a card called “Carta Roma” right there next to the rink, you can get a small discount.
How to get there: You have many ways to reach this mall. From the B1 line metro stop, you can take bus # 80 or 38. Alternatively, you can also get on the 80 from Termini and the 38 from Piazza Venezia. The stop to get off is called Bene/Lionello Porta di Roma.
For more info: +39 06 8707 0275
January Events of Rome: Sales and the Italian “Black Friday”
Something that really says “January events of Rome” is the sales that we get at the beginning of the month. If you wanted to compare it to something similar in the US, it would be Black Friday. This year, sales start on January 5th. Get ready to see incredibly busy stores around the city, malls included. Though, do not worry: the long lines only last for the first few days. A few main best deals might be over. However, there will still be plenty of great ones on much less busy days. To get an idea of where you could find good deals, take a look at some of the old posts about shopping in Rome that we wrote a while ago. It could also be a good idea to look for unique souvenirs at discounted prices, on the post we dedicated to stores that might sell them!
We hope you found this article on what to do in January in Rome useful. Please leave a comment down below if you are planning to go to any of these events! If you’d rather discover the city away from the crowd, we offer very unique tours of Rome that you can check out and book in advance.
Bye for now,