Do you know what’s the most common question asked during Christmas time? It’s: “How will you spend New Year’s Eve?” You should therefore start looking to decide how to spend this evening… after reading our suggestions!
New Year’s Eve is a magical time to celebrate the end of the current year and the dawn of the new year. You can decide to spend it in discos, restaurants, theaters, or concert halls, but you don’t have to forget two traditions: lentils – the lucky food to consume; they symbolize money and good fortune for the coming year; and red underwear – they will bring you luck in the new year!
Of the many beautiful programs organized on this night, we begin with the New Year’s Eve Dinner, a tradition Italians will never give up!
For those wishing to dine in the historic city center, we suggest Restaurant Palazzo Gaddi, located in Gaddi Arrighetti Palace, a historic structure built in the XVIII Century. Here you can enjoy an excellent dinner and a panoramic view of the city thanks to its excellent location. In addition to the terrace, the palace is famous for its courtyard, called “Gaddi’s Paradise”, which is said to have inspired John Milton’s Paradise Lost.
If you wish to dine intimately but to also go out after and spend some time with others, or if you don’t feel like making plans, you can always head to the city center and enjoy the music for free. Florence offers a wide variety of music to the public. While we are presently awaiting the official program for the many concerts in different squares, last year we experienced a great program. Also, in the main squares of the city, there will be pop music, a swing and jazz concert, DJ sets, gospel music, as well as a traditional classical music concert in Piazza della Signoria.
At midnight you wont want to miss the official municipal fireworks. The very best views are offered from Ponte Vecchio or anywhere along the banks of the Arno River!
If you want to spend New Year’s Eve in the warmth, you can enjoy your evening at Teatro Auditorium Al Duomo. Golden Opera presents an extraordinary gala concert. Three acts from the most popular Italian operas, Rigoletto, La Traviata, and La Bohème, will be performed together. The luxurious venue of the theatre, located in the historic city centre, and performances from some of the best Italian musicians will make your celebration unforgettable!
If a good start for you in the new year means dancing until dawn, there is a bit of everything on the Florentine calendar; you just need to choose among the many clubs or discos. We suggest the Florence Party Tour: three historic disco clubs of the city – Full Up, Twice and Babylon – located in the central district of Santa Croce will offer you the opportunity to experience a night tour from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. at a special price and without the risk of getting bored!
Can we give you one last tip on how to properly finish the old year and better begin the new year? Enjoy one of our Florence Inferno Tours!
The Florence Inferno Tour organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. A full-day Florence walking tour inspired by Dan Brown’s latest novel Inferno. Enter some of the most amazing, mysterious, and famous places in Florence. The tour runs on December 30 and January 2 – starting at 9.15 a.m. Tour price: € 75 per person.
Info and booking: http://www.florenceinferno.com/guided-tour/
Uffizi & Accademia Tour in One Day organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. A fascinating walking tour in the afternoon to avoid the crowds of the two most famous museums in Florence: the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery. An experienced guide fluent in the English language will ensure that you experience the best that each gallery has to offer by providing an historical and artistic path among each of its astonishing masterpieces. The tour runs on December 30, 31 and on January 1, 2. Starting at 2 p.m. Tour price: € 75 per person.
Info and booking: http://www.florenceinferno.com/uffizi-and-accademia-tour/
Sunset Trip from Florence to Fiesole in the Tuscan Hills organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. A sunset trip from Florence to Fiesole, a small village situated in the hills of Tuscany. It is from this settlement that the City of Florence seems to have originated. Enjoy scenic routes, see breathtaking panoramas, visit Fiesole’s Abbey and Roman Amphitheatre, and taste delicious local wine and food. The tour runs on December 30, 31 and on January 1, 2. Starting at 4:30 p.m. Tour price: € 45 per person.
Info and booking: http://www.florenceinferno.com/day-trip-to-fiesole/
The Florence Photography Adventure Tour organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. Discover Florence with your camera and with a professional photography teacher and a great Florentine guide at your side. Photography workshop & tour: 1-hour class + lunch break + 4-hour photography tour. The tour runs on December 30, 31 and January 2, starting at 12 p.m. Tour price: € 139 per person.
Info and booking: http://www.florenceinferno.com/photography-workshop/
All that remains is to wish you a happy new year!
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