Are you on holiday in Italy and in the mood for a good time? Discover with us what to do on New Year's Eve in Tuscany.
As you may know, New Year's Eve is one of the most desired holidays around the world, even in very different cultures. In Italy, it is a much-loved holiday, second only to Christmas, but appreciated as much by young people who go out to have fun as by older people and families who gather around the table to enjoy their magnificent 'Cenone'.
Did you know that Italians are a people very attached to traditions that are handed down from mother to son. If you choose to spend New Year's Eve in Italy, take this into account as well. We will guide you in your search for the best things to do in Tuscany on New Year's Eve.
New Year's Eve in Tuscany: what you can do in the Italian city of Arts
Florence is certainly the best known city in Tuscany and if you are on holiday here you have probably already visited museums, churches and other cultural venues. The city is in fact one of the most elegant cultural destinations in Italy, but no less fun and festive.
In Florence, in fact, you can spend New Year's Eve outdoors in the city's various squares where concerts, shows and live music are scheduled. Celebrate this holiday in the ancient Piazza della Signoria where you will be immersed in medieval and Renaissance art, just a few steps away from the Uffizi museum.
A must-see for those who want to enjoy a free show of music, acrobatics and circus arts - there will be fun to be had! If, on the other hand, you intend to dance until late at night, you can go to the party at Piazzale Michelangelo, perfect for young and old and for those with plenty of energy to spend; the view of the city from above will make your New Year's Eve unique and special, to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.
Lastly, if you decide NOT to spend New Year's Eve outdoors, you can opt for a table in one of the bars or hotels in the centre: of course, we immediately think of the old Caffè Gilli or the Paskowski or even the Loggia, where Michael Caine as Alfred orders a Fernet Branca in the film "The Dark Knight Returns" from Christopher Nolan's trilogy. But can you imagine a New Year's Eve like that?
New Year's Eve in Tuscany: what you can do in Siena, the city of the Palio!
Another city to visit and celebrate a splendid New Year's Eve is Siena: a city of art, an ancient rival of Florence, with a medieval historic center that has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1995. Centre stage is always taken, even on New Year's Eve, by one of the city's landmarks: Piazza del Campo.
Huge spaces await you on the funniest night of the year, those of one of the most beautiful squares in Italy that can accommodate more than 10,000 people, guaranteeing perfect acoustics. Siena's Piazza del Campo is already very famous for the Palio; would you like to celebrate the last day of the year in history between Palazzo Sansedoni and the Palazzo Pubblico?
This year you will have the pleasure of seeing many DJ sets to dance the night away with a musical selection ranging from Italian pop to House Music! Truly not to be missed!
New Year's Eve in Tuscany: discover what to do in Pisa, Scandicci, Livorno, and Prato
If, on the other hand, you are in Pisa, as well as being enraptured in front of Piazza dei Miracoli, you can listen to the traditional New Year's Eve concert starting at 10.30 pm. A nice midnight toast, kisses, hugs, New Year's greetings, and open-air music until late at night.
The small town of Scandicci near Florence, presents an evening of theatre, dance, and music from 9.30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Rogers Centre, located in Piazza Resistenza. A suggestive show to be enjoyed with the participation of The Gate Florence Dance Urban School, admission is free, but booking is required.
In Livorno will inaugurate the new year with a great New Year's concert; music with conductor Lorenzo Sbaffi directly from the 'Pietro Mascagni Conservatory with music by Gioacchino Rossini, Kurt Weill, Jean Sibelius, and Vittorio Giannini. If you are a classic music lover, you can't miss it!
Finally, let's change the genre and head to Prato on the evening of 31 December: a super free concert is coming up in Piazza San Francesco. And not only that, but to celebrate the New Year the center of Prato will be transformed into a mega open-air stage with live music, DJ sets, and many other surprises.