Have you already decided how to celebrate the New Year? If not yet, here are some amazing events you could take part in if you’re coming to Italy. Whatever the choice is, as Italian custom dictates, you cannot miss dinner with lentils, besides uncorking a good bottle of sparkling wine and eating a slice of Panettone or Pandoro.
Celebrating New Year’s Eve in a city square
In all central Italy’s main towns, people usually participate in the traditional celebrations held in the city square with fireworks and music. Others prefer to organize a dinner party with friends to wait together till midnight. Even discos and bars of the Riviera are trendy. Starting from the South of Le Marche, in the charming and ancient village of Grottammare, you can join the gala dinner and the so-called ‘ballo del cappello’ (hat dance). In San Benedetto del Tronto, there’s Pala Natale’s event with concerts, shows, and games for kids. Ascoli Piceno celebrates New Year’s Eve in the square, with shows and music entertainment. Even in Fermo, Recanati, Macerata, Civitanova Marche, Porto San Giorgio, and Porto Sant’Elpidio, there are concerts and many other events not to be missed! Those who love nightlife can opt for the Riviera delle Palme’s discos, where dinners and theme parties are organized. Moving along the coast, there’s Ancona, the capital city of the Le Marche region. Here celebrations are equally divided between two squares with music by famous artists and local bands. Senigallia offers the Ball held in Piazza del Duca square, the fireworks show at the Rocca Roveresca, and an exclusive party in the famous building Rotonda sul mare. In Pesaro’s city, the main square Piazza del Popolo, becomes the setting for live concerts of the ’70s and ’80s. People in Fano wait for the New Year at the local theatre ‘Teatro della Fortuna.’ In Le Marche hinterland, the city of Urbino is the protagonist with videos of the highlights of all year, performances by music groups, and the anticipated countdown, during which people are offered slices of Panettone, sparkling wine, and chocolate nougat.
New Year’s Eve traditions and customs
Every place has its own customs, but there are some that you cannot miss for real Made in Italy New Year’s Eve. For the dinner party, it is essential to wear something red as a good omen for the coming year. Lentils are a must for dinner, and they’re a symbol of money and prosperity. Even pomegranate and grapes are widely common. Among the most recurring traditions there are the fireworks that enliven the party. And let’s not forget the classic kiss under the mistletoe with the person you love. It will bring you luck and love! And as for any decent New Year’s Eve, fun and toasting are the watchwords!