New Year’s Eve in Florence is one of the best moments of the year. This event also goes by the name of Festa di San Silvestro, which in Italy normally means a huge dinner with family and friends before the party. Be sure take a good look at these fun things to do on one of the most special nights of the year. And don’t forget, Italians have one rule: Don’t forget to wear red underwear, they say it will bring you luck in the new year!
The Big Concert in Piazzale Michelangelo
The best party in Florence is the concert organized in Piazzale Michelangelo. The big countdown organized by the city takes place in the most famous belvedere of the town with stunning panoramic views over Florence. The big concert, also called il concertone, at midnight is preceded by local bands.
Jazz Music in Piazza del Carmine
Oltrarno is one of the liveliest neighborhoods of Florence, and Piazza del Carmine is not an exception. Every 31st of December it is turned into a big music hall where local jazz bands play their songs in front of the charming façade of Church del Carmine.
Classical Music in Loggia de’ Lanzi
If you are into classical music, then after the big dinner you have to go straight to Loggia de’ Lanzi, near Palazzo della Signoria, where you will be amazed by the music of Rossini, Strauss, Mozart and more.
Opera at Teatro del Maggio Fiorentino
Opera enthusiasts, don’t miss the Teatro del Maggio Fiorentino opera theater, you could attend concerts even the night of New Year’s Eve. And, some advice: book early to be sure to be part of this special event.
Rent a Villa in Chianti
If you want to spend an elegant and chic night and, at the same time, you hate the crowds, there is nothing better than to rent a car and go outside Florence. Chianti, the natural area between Florence and Siena, has plenty of amazing villas usually rented by tourists to spend the New Year’s Eve with family or friends.
Dance in a Tuscan Castle
Fiesole is a village near Florence (only 10 minutes away by car) and has plenty of gorgeous castles, many used as locations for events and festivals. Castel di Poggio is one of the most beautiful and every 31st of December it is turned into a house party. The organizers offer a special dinner and a dance party to celebrate the new year.
New Year’s Eve at Villa Montalto
Another cool place to spend the last night of the year is Villa Montalto in Fiesole, a stunning villa situated in the hills above Florence. Enjoy drinks, cocktails and spumante to celebrate the New Year in one of the best locations in Tuscany.
Participate in a Medieval Party
If costumes are your kind of things, head over to nearby village of Bagno a Ripoli (close to Florence) and be part of Medieval New Year’s Eve located in the Antico Spedale del Bigallo, where people celebrate with aperitivo, dinner, music and special costumes.
Rent an Airbnb house in Abetone
In December, it usually snows in the mountains near Florence. You can easily reach Abetone, a mountain in the province of Pistoia. You’ll find plenty of houses ready to rent for a happy New Year’s Eve surrounded by the snow.
Wander Through the Historical Center
One other option you have to spend the last night of the year in Florence is simply wandering through the historical city center. Every year the administration of the town offers a variety of music events to the public, so if you don’t want to make plans, you can always walk in the center and enjoy music for free.