Rome--January 1, New Year's Day

Old Nov 18th, 2009, 07:48 PM
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Rome--January 1, New Year's Day

What will be open on January 1st in Rome? We are visiting for a week and I am worried that with January 1 on a Friday that then flows into a weekend that we will have some dead time on our one week trip. Any suggestions?
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Old Nov 18th, 2009, 08:43 PM
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More or less everything will be closed on January 1, but everything (museums, archeological sites, shops, restaurants)will be open on Saturday. Many shops and restaurants are closed on Sunday, as are the Vatican Museums. Most museums and archeological sites (except the Vatican Museums and the Roman Forum/Colosseum/Palatine Hill combo) are closed on Monday.

I wouldn't worry: With the exception of January 1 itself, everything else is open or closed as usual.
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Old Nov 18th, 2009, 11:02 PM
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I was in Rome for New Years 4 years ago and it was WONDERFUL! True, the 1st is a quiet day, but it made the trip very relaxing to have a day to sleep until noon and then venture out for lunch at a restaurant and just not do much. You can plan to visit some of the sights that are free and in the open that day, like the Trevi fountain, the Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon. That is was we did that afternoon and it was great.
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As Zerlina says, most things will be closed (almost ALL!).... here's some pictures and thoughts from last year's Holiday season in Rome:
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Old Nov 18th, 2009, 11:50 PM
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Will it be a similar situation for the May 1 holiday, with "most" things closed? We are planning to go in 2011 when May 1 falls on a Sunday (the day we are planning to arrive) but then it seems "most" things are also closed on a Monday, we too are worried about having two quiet days then trying to run around for the last 3 and fit the rest into those days.
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The Pope blesses the crowd in front of St Peter's on New Year's Day, quite a dramatic occasion with visiting nuns and priests, and it didn't do us any harm either!
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We were there with our grown children on New Years Day 2007. We just walked about the city--down Via del Corso, stop at Victor Emmanual Monument, Forum, Collaseum (sp?), San Giovanni in Laterno and San Clemente churches, bus to Trastevere with terrific pizza lunch and walk around, see Santa Maria in Trastevere church, then back to Compo dei Fiori where we had dinner at Maccheroni. A fine day.
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