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Celebrating New Year in beautiful Italy is an experience that many people dream about. There are so many beautiful sights to lose yourself in – and Italians are well known for being passionate, so they’ll be sure to celebrate in style.
Here are some of the best things to do in Italy on New Year’s Eve:
1. Enjoy an Italian dining experience
La Festa di San Silvestro, the Italian New Year festival, is very food-focused.
It’s customary for lentils to be eaten on New Year’s Eve, as a symbol of good fortune for the year to come. If you’re visiting Italy for il Capodanno (New Year), then you’ll want to get involved in this tradition.
Lentils are often served with spiced pork sausage. Find an authentic Italian restaurant, and see if this dish is on offer. You will need to book far in advance for dining on New Year’s Eve, so try to make sure that you’ve prepared or have an alternative option.
2. Visit Naples
Naples is widely recognised as being the place to go for the biggest and best New Year’s fireworks display. The celebrations start early in Naples, so do be prepared for fireworks and drinking on the streets in the early afternoon. But this party atmosphere is an incredible thing to experience.
Try to have your sights on Castel dell’Ovo at midnight.
3. Visit museums
With everyone else out celebrating, Italy’s museums and historic landmarks become surprisingly quiet. These are peaceful places to spend some time away from the festivities, and to enjoy some of Italy’s most spectacular sights without fighting your way through the crowds.
Many Italian museums are usually filled with tourists, but on New Year’s Eve you may be able to enjoy them at a much more leisurely pace.
Italy is an unbelievably romantic place. During New Year celebrations, this spectacular country is alive with music, and the colourful glow of fireworks. If you’re on a romantic break, now is the time to propose!
5. Head to the mountains
Making your way to the mountains will take you away from traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations, but at this time of year, they’re beautiful places to escape to.
Temperatures in Italy in December and January are relatively low. As a result, you can expect to find snow in mountain areas. If you enjoy hiking, the Italian landscape is particularly breathtaking around New Year’s Eve.
If you do plan to make your way to the mountains, make sure that you’re suitably prepared. Have the correct clothing, proper safety equipment, and a guide (unless you’re very experienced).
6. Visit the Piazza del Popolo in Rome
The Piazza del Popolo becomes the place to be on New Year’s Eve in Rome. Classical and rock music performances can be enjoyed here free of charge, and thousands will join the celebrations and dance in the streets.
Interestingly, Rome is a great choice for families spending New Year in Italy. On the morning of New Year’s Day, children are often released back to the Piazza del Popolo whilst their parents sleep off their hangovers, with acrobats and entertainers to distract the younger generation.
7. Kiss and Swim in Venice
Venice is home to St Mark’s Square, which becomes the location of a group kiss as the clock strikes midnight. It’s an interesting tradition, and is followed by a firework display. What better way to meet the locals?
The next morning, locals and tourists make their way to Venice’s Lido Beach for a dip in the ice-cold waters. It’s a refreshing way to see in the new year, if you’re feeling brave enough!
8. Enjoy a parade in Turin
The city of Turin hosts an annual New Year’s Eve parade, as well as a whole host of celebrations with live music and performance. Festivities take place in the Piazza San Carlo, and draw enormous crowds.
Why Italy for New Year?
However you plan to celebrate New Year, there’s somewhere to do it in Italy.
From a quiet hike in the mountains or a visit to a museum, to an all-night street party that ends with you kissing a stranger, you’ll go home with fantastic memories to share with friends and family.
Travelling for New Year celebrations gives you a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with other cultures, and the Italians know how to have a big party and start the year the right way!