Celebrating New Year's Eve in Tuscany
Are you planning how to spend New Year's Eve or the first day 2016 in Tuscany? Here are what the main cities in the region have planned for this year:
Siena prepares for the new year with a rich, entertaining program for all ages and dedicates this long night to the other Italian Capital Cities of Culture - Cagliari, Lecce, Perugia-Assisi e Ravenna - with many performances and artists coming from those places that have shared with Siena the honour of being an Italian Capital City of Culture.
Celebrations in Piazza del Campo start at 8pm with music that will last until the toast at midnight. Street food will also be among the many protagonists of the night, as an alternative to the large, traditional dinners offered at the restaurants throughout the city. The longest night of the year will continue on to the rhythm of the greatest Silent Disco of Italy, with performers and deejay that will get everyone dancing all night long. From rock to folk, from disco to jazz and soul, from blues to funk there will be many musical bands alternating in Piazza del Campo. Moreover, the streets of the historical center will be the stage for the itinerant company of street performers P. Funking Brass, an interesting and funny mix of several musical genres on the notes of the motto "Keep on moving!".
For more information on the events planned for New Year's Eve and Day in Siena, visit the official site.
A few changes in this year's New Year's Eve Bash in Florence. The main concert that is normally held in Piazza Stazione - and last year moved to the Piazzale delle Cascine - will be held in Piazza Pitti this year where, starting at 9pm, various singers will share the stage, including the band Street Clerks from X-Factor and Irene Grandi, whose splendid voice will give the concert a hint of Florentine patriotism, taking the public into 2016 on the notes of her greatest hits.
Piazza San Lorenzo for the first time ever will also have its musical concert: the international artist Sarah Jane Morris and the Tentet Swing di Nico Gori will play for the piazza.
Then, as in years past, Piazza Santissima Annunziata will host the traditional gospel concert by The Cleveland Gospel Singer and Piazza della Signoria will be the setting for the classical music concert by the Orchestra Sinfonica Akademic directed by maestro Giuseppe Lanzetta, from 11pm.
For more information about all the events taking place in Florence for celebrating the New Year's arrival, take a look at our dedicated article.
In Lucca, Piazza San Martino will host the main celebrations for New Year's Eve "Se...Dici Vivilo" where live music concerts will start from 10am and proceed until 2am. Both live bands e DJ sets will alternate on the stage, to offer both Italian and international rock, dance and pop hits to make everyone dance and enjoy themselves!
The major of Lucca and other authorities will be present for the midnight toast, which will be repeated exactly 17 minutes and 59 seconds later, when by tradition, the “midnight hour in Lucca” strikes according to the ancient Meridians on the Clock Tower on via Fillungo.
Alongside the free concert in San Martino Square, the Giglio Theatre will be housing "Puccini e la sua Lucca Festival" - Puccini and his Lucca Festival" with a concert dedicated to the great composer born in Lucca and a buffet-dinner starting from 8.30pm.
New Year's Eve will also be celebrated to the sounds of music in Piazza del Comune a Prato: the concert that will be welcoming the new year is entirely dedicated to celebrate differences among cultures. L'Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio is a multiethnic band composed by artists coming from all around the world and will perform for the New Year's Eve concert together with one of the greatest Italian singer, Ginevra di Marco.
Alongside this multiethnic concert, the logge in Piazza del Comune will be the stage for another event starting on December 29 and running throughout the 31st: Pausa Caffè Festival Winter Edition, with free tasting of the best quality cafes coming from all the world...for staying awake till the toast of midnight!
There are many free initiatives planned in Pisa for New Year's Eve: the main celebrations will take place between Piazza del Carmine, Largo Ciro Menotti, Piazza Garibaldi, Piazza dei Cavalieri and Piazza XX Settembre. Five squares for a 8 hours-long musical marathon aimed to celebrate the new year's arrival, during which several stages and mega screens will allow everyone to see the show even if further away along the river. Live performances and concerts by artists like Dario Vergassola and I Gatti Mezzi (a great folk band), magic and acrobatic shows will entertain the public all night long. The streets of the historical center will be the stage for itinerant musical bands.
From 6pm to 2am the stage will be shared and alternate with musical performances, dances and acrobatic shows by various Italian and international groups. At the strike of midnight, a great fireworks display will go off from Ponte di Mezzo to start off the new year with a bit of magic!
The great artist Alessandro Benvenuti will perform at the Verdi Theatre from 10.15pm, with a show (Benvenuti in Casa Gori) that will take the public into the new year with a bit of slapstick humour.
Piazza Vasari will be the stage for the New Year's Celebrations in in Arezzo, which foresees cabaret shows as well as entertainment for children at 9:00pm and then musical shows from 10:30pm. At midnight, the start of the new year will be met with a collective toast in the piazza and the launch of paper lanterns (certainly less noisy than traditional fireworks). The evening will end with lots of music and fun!
On the stage of the Arezzo Fiere e Congressi, the notes of the Joy Band will entertain the public till the toast of midnight, when the great artist J-AX will reach this impressive location for live concerts and dj-set all night long. A gala dinner will start at 8.30pm, while concerts at 10.30pm.
Happy New Year to everyone!