Where to Eat, Sleep and Party in Rome ?
If you are looking for breathtaking fireworks, street parties and great food, it would be hard to find a greater place for New Years than Rome.
We were recommended from an Italian friend to eat at this local restaurant on Piazza Pollarola called Elle Effe. When she explained this place with words like: “Roman/Sicilian cuisines, great service, good quality of food and not super expensive”. We knew immediately that this would be something we would like, partially because of our trip to Sicily a year before where we fell in love with all their cuisines but also because of the service and food quality. We began with a starter of Tuna Carpaccio and Antipasto which really reminded us of Sicily. For our main dishes I had veal stuffed with mashed tomato and mozzarella inside and my husband had Risotto with broccoli and sausage. It was simple and amazing!
The question that pops up when you are in a new city for New Years is “where do I watch the fireworks”. That is not easy to know since you don’t know where they will shoot them. Luckily we had our Italian friend who had been in Rome several times over New Years and she recommend us to go to the big Piazza Venezia where the Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II is, which was close to the restaurant and also to the fireworks. With the fireworks going off with a breathtaking backdrop of historic monuments like the Colosseum, Piazza di Spagna and Monument of Vittorio we bought a bottle of Prosecco from a street vender and tried to take it all in. Lets just say, it was incredible!
Where do you go from here? Well, follow the crowd! It’s a huge street party in Rome after the fireworks, all the streets are closed and there are big stages with bands playing for free and everyone is walking around with champagne and basically partying in the streets. We walked along Via Cavour that was packed with people! If a street party is not your thing there are several places and parks you can hang out at; Villa Borghese, Pub Crawl and Centro Storico.
Where should you stay over New Years? This all depends on how much you want to spend and how comfortable you are. We stayed in a small place called Soggiorno, quite expensive for the standard during this period but the area was fantastic. If you want to stay in a nice but still not to expensive place, I would recommend to stay closer to the train station, the downside of that is the area. Its quite far from the rest of the city and a bit dodgy. If you are OK with a less fancy place and want to stay in a nicer area and closer to everything else, I would recommend where we stayed.
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