Weather Averages for Rome in December
Averages for Rome in December
December is one of the coolest times of the year to visit Rome, Italy, when the city experiences cold and damp weather. At this time of year, the average temperature starts off at 10°C and drops to 7°C-8°C by the end of the month. During December, the city experiences an average of six hours of sunshine each day, alongside 111mm of rainfall each month, making it likely you’ll experience a shower or small storm during your holiday. With a cool average sea temperature of 16°C toward the coast, it’s unlikely you’ll be spending days by the beach during your visit.
The famous Colosseum at Christmas time, Rome.
Things to do
Whilst you’re sightseeing in Rome, set aside some time to visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. This basilica is one of the largest in Rome and despite having a rather mediocre exterior, the inside is absolutely amazing. The stained glass windows, painted ceilings, sculptures and even the floors are all fantastic, so don’t forget to take your camera. If you’re on a budget holiday, you can explore the church on your own, otherwise sign up for a guided tour.
The Santa Maria degli Angeli is also worthy of a visit during your trip to Rome. This church forms part of the ruins of the baths of Diocleziano and was converted by Michelangelo. If you visit on a sunny day, you’ll have the chance to see the basilica at its best, with sunshine streaming in through the artistic windows. The Santa Maria degli Angeli is a lot quieter than many other churches, providing you with a much more spiritual and religious experience than you’ll find at the more popular churches in the city.
Where to eat & drink
If you’re in the mood for something sweet, head to La Gelateria Frigidarium and indulge in some ice cream. This popular ice cream parlour won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and offers a huge variety of flavours which change according to the season. Whatever you order, don’t forget to ask for a chocolate shell coating.
When it comes to top-quality food in casual surroundings, you can’t beat La Fata Ignorante. This eatery boasts a superb range of Italian specialities, including homemade pasta and pizza which is served alongside local wine which complements each dish perfectly. Make sure you leave room for the panna cotta – it comes highly recommended.
Pop into one of Rome's many eatery's and warm up with a creamy Italian coffee, Rome.
Hostaria Mamutones is a great place to go for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap. This bar/restaurant offers a superb range of drinks available behind the bar, including beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks, ensuring something for everyone. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, take a look at the extensive menu which includes many Italian specialities.
Wine lovers won’t want to miss the chance to spend an evening at Shaki. This sleek wine bar is found in the centre of the shopping district and offers a vast array of local and international wines. Like most bars in Rome, Shaki also offers a small menu consisting of light meals including salads which are made with fresh ingredients.
Where to stay
When it comes to luxury accommodation in Rome, it’s tough to beat Hotel Manfredi. Ideally located just a short walk away from the Spanish Steps, this hotel offers accommodation in the form of small, superior, deluxe and executive rooms, as well as junior, Margutta and Manfredi suites, guaranteeing something for everyone. Onsite facilities and services include 24-hour reception, concierge, 24-hour bar, room service, WiFi access, babysitting, parking and Jacuzzi.
Hotel Manfredi, loctated near the Spanish Steps in Rome.
For something a bit more affordable, take a look at Hotel Lancelot. This three-star hotel is just a short walk away from the Colosseum and provides guests with a conference and events room, gardens, newspapers, bar, restaurant, free WiFi access, private parking, 24-hour reception, babysitting and shuttle service. Guests can choose from single, double, twin and triple rooms, all of which are comfortable and well-equipped.
Families and couples who really want to splash out during their holiday in Rome should consider staying at Palazzo Manfredi. This five-star hotel offers prestige, executive, deluxe and master rooms, as well as several suites, each of which comes with stunning furnishings and chic décor. Onsite facilities and services include bar, restaurant, terrace, luxury car rental, free WiFi access, concierge and excursion booking.
The Inn at the Roman Forum is ideally located for families and couples who plan on doing a lot of sightseeing during their holiday in Rome. Just a few steps away from the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, this hotel is made up of a lounge, rooftop terrace, sun terrace, car rental service, concierge, bar, breakfast room, parking, WiFi internet, 24-hour reception, shuttle service and babysitting services. There is a variety of rooms to choose from, including master gardens, junior suites, executive rooms, deluxe rooms, superior rooms and family rooms.
The Inn at The Roman Forum is just a few steps away from the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
The Moses Fountain Hotel is also perfectly situated for exploring Rome. Built into a late 16th century building just a short distance from many popular tourist attractions, this hotel offers a small selection of comfortable rooms, each of which comes with coffee making facilities, mini fridge, safe and satellite TV. There are plenty of services and amenities available within the hotel including reception, buffet breakfast, room service, terrace, parking and sports centre.
December events in Rome
1st December 2014 to 6th January 2015
From the beginning of the month until January 6th, the Piazza Navona plays host to a large Christmas market full of stalls laden with handmade gifts, children’s toys, nativity crafts and delicious seasonal treats. In addition to shopping, there is plenty more to see and do in this area, with music concerts and free exhibitions held at Via dei Coronari, Sant’Eustachio and Via dell’Orso. A mini funfair is also set up close to the market with one of the oldest carousels in the world, The Piazza Navona Christmas Market is open from 10am until 1am working days and from 10am until 2am on holidays and the day before each holiday.
8th December 2014
Immacolata Concezione commemorates the day Mary was graced by God to lead a sin-free Catholic life. On this day, the fire brigade runs a ladder up Mary's column in the Piazza di Spagna and one chosen fireman lays a wreath over her arm whilst locals decorate the bottom of the column with flowers and more wreaths. Locals also attend special church services throughout the city in order to honour Mary, whilst the Pope kneels in prayer and lays a wreath on the Madonna statue at the Piazza Mignanelli.
Natale and Santo Stefano
25th December 2014 to 26th December 2014
Romans celebrate Christmas and Boxing Day in a big way, starting with midnight mass at St Peter's on the night of December 24th. On these two days, nativity scenes are placed in churches throughout the city, although the most impressive ones are found on the Spanish Steps and in Piazza San Pietro. Christmas Day in Rome is usually celebrated with feasts of fritti (a fried delicacy), followed by panettone (traditional Italian cake) and torrone (nutty chocolate or nougat). The pope also holds a special mass on this day and gives his blessing at St Peter's.
New Year's Eve
31st December 2014
In Italy, New Year’s Eve coincides with the Feast of San Silvestro, creating a super-huge celebration. In the Piazza del Popolo, the night is brought to life with rock and classical music concerts, dancing and fireworks to create the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in Rome. Close to the Colosseum, the Via dei Fori Imperiali also puts on a great party, with live music performances starting at 10pm. An open-air classical music concert usually takes place in the square in front of Quirinale, off Via Nazionale at 11pm, followed by firework displays at midnight.