For travellers from all over the world, Rome is not the first city that springs to mind when talking about a white Christmas or New Year celebrations. However the Italian capital can surprise even the most sceptical with the warmth and charm of its atmosphere, even in the coldest part of the year.

With Nightswapping we’re setting off to find out the best of what’s on in Rome this December: we hope to inspire you to take a short break in one of our apartments in Rome, or just to give all the swappers from the Eternal city a few ideas for the celebrations!

A Vintage Christmas

You can’t go wrong with a street market – at no other time of the year can you enjoy so many sweets and gifts. Even though Piazza Navona, Piazza Caprera and Piazza Verdi are most people’s favourite destinations, there are other street markets to be discovered by even the best connoisseurs of Rome. To name but a few, there’s the Mercato Monti (every weekend in December) with its vintage and quirky offerings, and the Xmas Vintage Market in the Circolo degli Artisti with its youthful vibe, music, crafts people and up and coming designers.

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Detour on the Road

Travel, street and new frontiers: the favourite themes of Nightswapping are at the heart of the Detour on the Road festival, which runs until 21 December at the Detour cinema in Via Urbana. The festival boasts five national premiers, six Roman ones and a great desire to discover the world. To see the full programme, go to the dedicated page.

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Musei in Musica

Museums become areas of interaction – no longer just for the appreciation of static works of art, but vibrant spaces where you can fully immerse yourself in the music. Now in its sixth edition, Musei in Musica invites you to enjoy the many music and dance performances for the symbolic price of 1 euro. Don’t forget that a visit to the rest of the museum is included in the price! For more information, see the Musei in Comune website.


Unedited History – Iran 1960-2014

Events such as thhis are a visual pleasure and make your heart and mind wander. There’s probably no better way to bring history to life than through photography. The selection from this exhibition at the MAXXI foundation is a journey in space and time through the piercing gaze and poignant situations of a county riddled with conflict and charm. Unedited History – Iran runs until 29 March.


Amore Festival

This is the tenth anniversary of one of Italy’s greatest festivals and inevitably it arrives with the New Year. The best DJs in the world will be taking centre stage at the Nuova Fiera di Roma on 31 December, with Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin and Chris Liebing to make the dreams of night owls come true. What better way to celebrate with friends and nightswappers than a good old night on the dancefloor? Happy Amore Festival everybody.

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If you’re travelling from abroad and you’re thinking of having a Roman New Year, get in touch soon with the city’s Nightswappers – search for them now and find a solution that suits you at zero cost!