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.
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.
NEW YEAR'S EVE IN THE PIAZZA
There are a few changes in regards to the program that has been offered the last several years as far as locations go, but in general the amount of events planned remains more or less the same.
After Piazza Santa Maria Novella and the Cascine Park, then Piazza Pitti and the Oltrarno will be the location of the main event of this December 31, 2015.
The traditional New Year's big concert in Florence will accompany Florentines and tourists in the new year with the music of the italian artists Irene Grandi, the Street Clerks and Alessandro Mannarino. The night will end with the Deejays of Radio DJ.
The historical center will still however have plenty of other interesting musical events to satisfy various crowds (and all are free).
The gospel will be featured, as for the past several years, the evening in Piazza Santissima Annunziata thanks to The Cleveland Gospel Singer.
In Piazza San Lorenzo - another novelty of this year - there will be Sarah Jane Morris and and the Tentet Swing Nico Gori presented by Radio Toscana.
Piazza della Signoria offers instead a classical music concert. In the Loggia dei Lanzi the Akademic Chernivtsi Philharmonic Society Symphony Orchestra conducted by Giuseppe Lanzetta will play Viennese waltzes.
Fireworks usually light up the sky at midnight to welcome the New Year.
Slightly outside of the city, in Scandicci's Piazza della Resistenza, the musical entertainment starts at 10:00pm and will also be free. The evening starts with the Brazilian rhythms of Forrò Mior, continues with songs and dances of the Modena City Ramblers then close with Coqòdjette until 2am.
HOW TO MOVE ABOUT
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).
For all those who prefer to spend the first hours of the year at the theater, there are performances at the Teatro alla Pergola by Emilio Solfrizzi which includes, at its conclusion, a special dinner on stage where actors and audience come together in the celebrations. At the Teatro Puccini, you will find Daniela Morozzi in "Il canto della regina".
NEW YEAR'S DAY
At 11:30am on the 1st, there will be a great concert at the beautiful new operahouse Opera di Firenze with the Orchestras from the Fiesole School of Music. This is a free concert, but you do need to arrive with invitation in hand. To know where to pick them up and ask for more details, I recommend you call 055/597851.
If you want to spend January 1st surrounded by art, check out which museums are open here.
Happy New Year's Eve and Happy 2016!