New Year’s Eve  2018 in Italy: 9 cities where to spend a unique and unforgettable night

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Italy: 9 cities where to spend a unique and unforgettable night

What to do on New Year’s Eve? The night of December 31, 2017 is still far away, but it is not a bad idea to book in advance, so you can get the best out of all the New Year’s offers promoted by many Italian cities. New Year’s Eve dinners, concerts in the open air and events, relaxing in the best spas or spending romantic evenings out, here is an overview of some ideas on how to start out the new year.

New Year’s eve in Milan

Italy’s most metropolitan city offers countless interesting options. The main town squares, including Piazza Duomo, Piazza Castello and Piazza Affari, will offer live music concerts and shows by dancers and acrobats, light and colour shows. There will also be many theater events on the evening of 31 December 2017: “La Dame aux Camélias” by Frédéric Chopin, directed by Theodor Guschlbauer at the Teatro alla Scala; a reinterpretation of the famous fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm “Hansel and Gretel” at the Teatro Piccolo and “Sogni e bisogni” at the Teatro Manzoni, directed and acted by by Vincenzo Salemme who, with his company, at the stroke of midnight will join the audience for a toast with sparkling wine and panettone. For the lovers of the coolest Milanese behaviour, the theatre also organises a special New Year’s Eve Happy Hour.

New Year's Eve in Milan - La Scala

New Year’s Eve in Milan – La Scala

Or would you prefer to celebrate at a disco dancing through the night? Milan nightlife offers endless opportunities, from rock to alternative venues, underground locations where you can let steam off dancing to electronic notes, or very trendy international disco-bars. Among the most famous: Circolo Arci Magnolia near the Idroscalo, Tunnel Club with Le Cannibale + Voyagein via Sammartini, Alcatraz in the Maciachini area.

New Year’s eve in Venice

If you dream of a romantic New Year’s Eve with a fairy tale atmosphere, the Venice lagoon is one of Europe’s most sought after destinations. Among the events scheduled for this magic night, besides the classic kiss-in in piazza San Marco, there will be the traditional concert at Teatro la Fenice conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, with the tenor Francesco Meli and soprano Maria Agresta. A first exclusively orchestral part will be rounded off by the “Va, pensiero” taken from the Nabucco and the toast “Libiam ne’ lieti calici” from Giuseppe Verdi’s Traviata.

New Year's Eve in Venice

New Year’s Eve in Venice

If you want a New Year’s dinner crossing the most beautiful canals, you can have a boat dinner, which after an unforgettable itinerary will land directly at Piazza San Marco and in the heart of Venice.

New Year’s eve in Florence

Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, the city-born of Dante and the greatest artists. Spend the New Year’s Eve in this city of Tuscany and enjoy the lights and the decorations in the city that make the atmosphere even more charming. Capital of culture and art and queen of nightlife at the weekend, Florence is the ideal destination for those who wants to discover the secrets of the its history walking in the center, being fascinated by the particular atmosphere.

Enjoy the magical atmosphere of the Tuscany countryside and visit its medieval village.

New Year’s eve in Bologna

Are you going to spend the New Year’s Eve in Bologna? We suggest you to spend there a few more days to have the opportunity to fully appreciate all the city’s offers: food, art and culture, nightlife and shopping. The new year period enriches even more the city: you will find events, meetings, markets, concerts all around the city. The most typical event is in Piazza Maggiore, where every year you can watch the burning of “Vecchione”, during which an image designed by an artist is burned.


Bologna – Asinelli tower and St Bartolomeo and Gaetano church [Photo credits Stephane Rossignol]

The fire symbolically marks the end of the old year and it welcomes the new one, just like people do, as the fire continues, with panettone and spumante to celebrate the New Year. The beginning of the festival is scheduled around 21:00, when the concerts organized by the city of Bologna start.

New Year’s eve in Ferrara

Great celebrations have also been scheduled in Emilia Romagna. Ferrara will be the location of a fantastic fireworks show which will surround the Castle of the Estense family following the rhythm of music, with hundreds of onlookers in the city streets. If you want to enjoy a truly lordly evening, the Court of the Duke (pages, guards and ladies-in-waiting all dressed in costumes!) will be waiting for you at the banquet of the Dukes of Este at the Castle, with a strictly Renaissance menu and atmosphere.

New Year's Eve in Ferrara

New Year’s Eve in Ferrara [Photo credits Alessio Mantovani]

New Year’s eve in Rome

The New Year’s Eve dinner in the Eternal City gains an added touch from its context. Rome, with its breathtaking beauty, is the perfect place to spend an original New Year’s Eve thanks to the many events organized around the city.

New Year’s eve in Naples

2018 New Year’s eve in Naples will see his heart in Piazza del Plebiscito with the traditional New Year’s concert and, at midnight, with the exciting fireworks show which light up the whole city of sparkle lights and colors and then … jump into the fray and dance in the “disco” on the Lungomare Liberato (good news for everyone: it’s free!).

New Year’s eve in Catania

How about start the 2018 in Sicily? The flavors and colors of the Sicilian lands will be exalted in the gala dinners and shows planned for the longest night of the year. If you are a music’s lover, your perfect destination is Catania. Appointment on December 31st, 2015 with a concert in Piazza Duomo (under the supervision of the famous Catania’s elephant 🙂 ) and on January, 1st with the traditional New Year’s concert at the “Teatro Lirico Vincenzo Bellini”.

Catania Photo

Catania Photo

New Year’s eve in Orvieto
Are you a music lover? Orvieto is the answer! From 28th December to 1st January, Orvieto will become the winter capital of Jazz: 5 days of concerts with top international artists in historical buildings, theatres, restaurants and the unfailing presence of the street band in the city’s central district.


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