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Celebrating New Year's Eve in Florence

Florence is one of the favorite cities in Italy to spend the New Year's Eve, thanks also to its good proposal of 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.

This year Pistoia is leading the activities with their new nomination as the Italian Cultural City in 2017, read our article about celebration plans in this awesome little city close to Florence.

Anyone who chooses to spend New Year's Eve in the capital city of Tuscany will have several options to choose from. There are many options for the younger crowd, a few for the older set and very few for those with kids, but alas, we are getting used to having limited options in general.

Florence - Historical center

Happy New Year in Florence City Center

Piazzale Michelangelo | Free Entrance | from 9.45pm

singer-songwriter and X Factor graduate Marco Mengoni

The big countdown organized by the city will take place in the fabulous panoramic square above the city center and the Arno River. The big concert after mindnight is preceded by various cover bands starting at 21.45.

Piazza del Carmine | Free Entrance | from 10pm

jazz & be-bop music by Dinamitri Jazz Floklore

Lighter jazz tunes will accompany the countdown in the spectacular square in front of the lovely San Carmine church

Christmas lights in Florence for the New Years

Piazza San Lorenzo | Free Entrance | from 10pm

Gospel tunes by the Anno Domini Gospel Choir, Perfect Harmony, One Voice Gospel Choir

A little international, and a lot enthusiastic. Join the crowds in front of the Medici Chapels and the church of San Lorenzo

Piazza della Signoria | Free Entrance | from 11pm

Classical music by Symphonic Orchestra of Sichuan

In the lovely Loggia dei Lanzi, you will be serenaded by classical music with Strauss, Offenback, Rossini and more.

Concerts for News Years Eve in Florence City Center

Piazza dell'Isolotto | Free Entrance | starting at 6pm

outside the city center for activities for all ages

Kid-Friendly events in the early evening and then something for the adults (from 10pm) as the real countdown begins

Piazza Bartali, Gavinana | Free Entrance | starting at 6.30pm

In southeastern Florence, with Girovago e Rondella and Akro Batik

It’s a circus, jugglers, stilt walkers, ventriloquists and other performers! Ring in the new year with meravigliosi colors, sounds, perfumes and events. Dedicated to families in the late afternoon in a residential area.

More Events in other venues

Florence | Obi Hall | Reservations Required


Right along the Arno River, this winter wonderland park offers lots of tempting ways to celebrate including a glass of bubbly and a slice of the traditional Christmas dessert - panettone.

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The illumination of Ponte Vecchio for the holidays

Florence | Teatro dell’Opera | Reservations Required

Concerto di Capodanno 2017

Mika, accompanied with an orchestra, proposes the best of the best in a symphonic version giving a new look to his pop music.  After the concert bubbly and fireworks!

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Bagno a Ripoli | l’Antico Spedale del Bigallo | Reservations Required

Capodanno Medievale

Transport yourself to another time - Medieval Times: the foods, dancing, theater, and dress. This is a truly unique way to countdown 2016 and enter into 2017

Official linkMedieval styled New Years Day near Florence

Florence | WOODSTOCK Club | Reservations Required

Capodanno Latino 2017

Want to go international - a bit of hispanic flair. Here you will find a menu in the Latin style accompanied by music, shows, dancing and fun!

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Florence | Villa le Pavoniere | Reservations Required

Gran Galà Di Capodanno

Nothing says good bye to the old year like getting dressed up and playing the part. In the heart of the green park of Florence is this fun elegant affair.

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All of the areas where the concerts will take place are going to be closed to traffic completely. The ZTL area within the historical center will remain active all night long, until 8am on January 1st. This is to prevent an increased number of cars in the center while the streets are full of party-goers. The day before expect various areas around each of the concert-hosting piazzas to have signs against parking there, in preparation for the party.

The tram will remain open and functional all night long every 8 minutes, going from one end to the other without restrictions. The tram drives also to Scandicci and stop right in Piazza della Resistenza.

Four free shuttles will link the station (and then the old town) with the outer quadrants of the city: the shuttle 1 Novoli; the shuttle 2-Galluzzo-Le Gore; the shuttle 3 Sorgane; the shuttle 4 Coverciano- Novelli.
ATAF line 14 (not free) will perform service in the stretch because of the Ripa-square Dalmatia via Vittorio Emanuele II; ATAF line 17 in the stretch avenue Verga-square Puccini terminus in Via del Ponte alle Mosse (stop Rinuccini).


If you want to keep busy on the last day of the year, the skating rink at the Parterre will be open, as well as the Christmas Village and at the Winter Park right next to the Obihall (which also has a downhill slope for snow tubing).


If you want to spend January 1st surrounded by art, check out which museums are open here.

Happy New Year's Eve and Happy 2017!

Music and Fun for New Years in Florence Italy

Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been more than 25 years since I took my first steps in Italy and I still haven’t found a good reason to leave.  Between the food, the culture, the history, the art, the landscapes … did I mention the food? I have become a lifelong student. It didn't take longe to learn that Italians all have stories that long to be told; stories that paint a picture of how hard work produces character, how life is made of ups and downs and how good it feels to laugh.


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