Florence is one of the preferred cities in Italy to spend New Year's Eve, thanks to so many fantastic events and free entertainment organized in the main squares.
If you are based in Tuscany and looking for activities closer to your vacation home or hotel then have a peek at our article with highlights of fun activities throughout the region of Tuscany.
Anyone who chooses to spend New Year's Eve in the capital city of Tuscany will have several options to choose from.
This year the special night of New Year's Eve is managed by "F-Light": 20 performances in 20 places in the Florence area, as we all await 2020.
A New Year for everyone, young and old, groups of friends and families with children. Art and culture will be center stage on the last day of this year, with open museums, concerts, shows, activities and proposals to satisfy many tastes.
The event is promoted by the Municipality of Florence and organized by MUS.E.
A rich program will see the city come to life as early as the morning of December 31st, proceeding unabated until past midnight and continuing through the first of the year.
THE MUSEO DEL NOVECENTO - from 10am to 10pm
To open the "dance", so to speak, the Novecento Museum will offer guided tours of the museum itinerary with free admission, inviting participants to elect the year's best wish in a voting booth.
LE MURATE - from 5pm to 1am
In the afternoon, Le Murate will also be open with guided tours of the complex and the old prison with two illustrious guides (at 5:00 pm with Councilor Andrea Vannucci and at 5:45pm with Councilor Alessandro Martini, visits by appointment, tel. 0552476873) while in the evening there will be a live concert by Baba Sissoko followed by a DJ set by the Caffè Letterario.
PALAZZO VECCHIO - SALONE DEI CINQUECENTO - from 7pm to 8:30pm
An inevitable protagonist of the Florentine New Year is the grand Salone dei Cinquecento in the Palazzo Vecchio with a performance by the Contempoartensemble string orchestra which, conducted by Vittorio Ceccanti, will perform, from 7pm to 8:30 pm, in a virtuoso program from Vivaldi's Baroque to Mozart and Handel, indulging incursions between the Bach brothers (booking event tel. 0552768224 and email@example.com).
PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA
In Piazza della Signoria the Cirk Fantastik in collaboration with Cirko Vertigo will create an acrobatic and aerial dance show, Vertigini Circensi.
PIAZZA SAN LORENZO
Soul, jazz, R&B in the front of the church in Piazza San Lorenzo, from 10pm to 1am, with great Italian and international artists, including Eric B. Turner and James Senese.
Great gospel evening in the square of Piazza Duomo with He made the moon and stars.
In Piazza Poggi dance musical performances, Dancing in the moonlight, with three very different artists such as Matthew Herbert, Interstellar Funk and Dukwa, accompanied by installations of digital art and light design on the facade of Porta San Niccolò.
SS ANNUNZIATA SQUARE
In Piazza SS. Annunziata a mix of artists, alternating between music and comedy, with the very Tuscan Cristiano Militello, Prof Lorenzo Baglioni, the musical parodies of iMasa and a super grand finale with dance music, played live by Eurotunz.
PIAZZA DEL CARMINE
In Piazza del Carmine New Year's Eve on the Moon: Radio Bruno will bring the high-ranking rap of Mr. Rain and the X-Factor star Martina Attili, and then the Florentine singer-songwriter D'Iuorno, the DJ-V set, Karaoke Contest and many more.
... and much more in the historic center!
The Forme Association, from 6pm, will give life to Logge in Festa involving in a "lunar walk" for all ages, the Loggia del Grano, the Loggia del Pesce and the Loggia del Porcellino.
The range of activities offered by the Santa Maria Novella complex is extremely varied. In the Sala del Turismo (Piazza Stazione 4a) in the afternoon a selection of films related to the theme that inspires Moon F-Light will be screened starting from the classic Journey to the Moon by Georges Méliès to get to the latest productions dedicated to the lunar satellite. In the Great Cloister of Santa Maria Novella, in the night magic of the cloister, around a big moon, a "junior" New Year's Eve with readings, workshops and shows dedicated to families and especially to children and teenagers of all ages. In the churchyard of Santa Maria Novella you can attend a classical music concert with a repertoire dedicated to the most famous waltzes and polkas of the Viennese tradition, and a special tribute to the work of Gioacchino Rossini and Ennio Morricone.
The Oltrarno will be crossed by two New Orleans-style marching bands, the Zastava Orchestra with Balkan and popular sounds and the Pulsars, a young band with a strong impact also in part due to very original drums made with recycled material.
At the Fortezza da Basso, the longest artificial ice skating rink in Europe, from 7pm to 2pm, will offer music, animation and street food and, from 11:30pm, "The square that dances!" with DJ Circus Black set with artistic, theater, dance and circus arts performances.
Music will also be playing on the tramway, on the T1 and T2 lines, from 7pm to 11pm.
In Scandicci the Bandabardò will end its tour in Piazza della Resistenza.
In the Sala d'Arme of Palazzo Vecchio on December 31st, an info point starting at noon and open all evening will offer the public more details. In each of the squares involved there will be a mobile information point.
Where to spend New Year's Eve....
Florence | Hard Rock Cafe | Reservations Required
Rock it right into the New Year!
Great Music, delicious food, lots of drinks and a guaranteed good time for ringing in the new year in the city center of Florence. Hard Rock Cafe has prepared a rockin' menu with a brilliant mix of Italian & American favorites with a heavy dose of music, wine, drinks and fun. You can read about the menu and more details on the New Year's eve event at the Hard Rock Cafe on our blog post here.
EVENTS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY
At 11:30am on the day that opens the door to the new year you can go see and hear the traditional New Year's concert in the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, dedicated to Piero Farulli, with the Music School of Fiesole and curated by the V. Galilei Orchestra, 'Orchestra dei Ragazzi, with Alberto Bocini double bass, Conductor Edoardo Rosadini. The music of Beethoven, Rota, Verdi and Strauss are at the heart of the concert. Invitations, subject to availability, will be distributed from Thursday, December 12th at these points: Alberti, Box Office, Ceccherini, Checcacci, Data Records, La Fenice.
If you want to spend January 1st surrounded by art, check out which museums are open.
Happy New Year's Eve and Happy 2020!