Celebrate in the main piazze
It is tradition to head outdoors and celebrate the end of the year and arrival of the new one out in the main squares of Florence's historical center, from Piazza della Signoria to Piazza SS Annunziata, enjoying exhibitions and different types of music, from classical to Gospel.
Finally, after two years of cancellations, the events are back although the main concert generally held is still not being planned: there will be various concerts across the center to celebrate the arrival of 2023.
The program is to include musical concerts, circus shows and other entertainment for the entire family, including children: the events will spread across the historical center and the suburbs.
The program includes concerts in 4 piazzas in the historical center. Piazza Signoria will have acrobatic circus shows, light shows on the Palazzo Vecchio facade, projections and music starting at 9pm and running until 1am, while Piazza Santissima Annunziata will host, as is tradition, a Gospel musical concert. Starting at 8.30pm and continuing through midnight.
Piazza San Lorenzo will host the concert of classical music, from 10.15pm to 1am, with the Orchestra Toscana Classica in collaboration with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Kharkiv.
Three marching bands will enliven the evening in the Oltrarno area by moving around the streets of the Oltrarno starting at 9.30pm, with a stop in Piazza del Carmine at midnight to welcome the new year.
More ways to celebrate
If you don't wish to plan ahead for a special dinner out, you can always head to the first floor of the Mercato Centrale di Firenze, where you can choose whatever you want from the various offerings and seat in the main central area. From 7pm, there will be a DJ set by Marvin. Open until 1am.
There are other events taking place on the 31st across the city that do require some planning. For example, one is an evening spent with the Medrano Circus which finally returns to Florence to the Mandela Forum: there are no animals, just spectacular acrobatics and dance performances. On the 31st, the show starts at 9.30pm, entrance from 8.30pm, tickets from 30 to 80 euro (if you buy online ahead of time, you can save 20%). Toast at midnight and thereafter the main ring turns into a dance floor with music and DJ. Also note the circus remains in town until January 8th.
Here are more options...
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY | Hard Rock Cafe Firenze | from 8.30pm
The Hard Rock Cafe also hosts a mega New Year's Eve party to end the year with a blast and welcome the new one in: starting with dinner with a live music concert by Suzy Q and a DJ set until midnight. Starts at 8.30pm, you can check out the special menu, program and book online here.
Concert and gala dinner at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino | from 6pm
Not a simple New Year's Eve concert, but a real gala event to celebrate New Year's Eve in one of the symbolic places of Florence. The lyric-symphonic season of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino foresees for December 31st at 6.00 pm the end of year concert with maestro Daniele Gatti who conducts the orchestra in Beethoven's n.9 symphony, in D minor op. 125 for solos, choir and orchestra.
In addition to the concert, you can also enjoy the "Premium Experience" that includes a gala dinner, entertainment and the traditional midnight toast. Starting at 8pm, the event includes apertif and dinner at the tables set up in the foyer, accompanied by musical pieces performed by the young members of the Accademia of the Maggio Musicale and at midnight both the toast and fireworks. Music and dancing to follow. The cost is not quite for all budgets (starts from €40 to 180 per person for the concert, and from €260 to 400 with dinner and gala event included). More information on the official website.
A Gran Gala at the Tuscany Hall | from 8.30pm
The Tenda Theater in Florence comes to life again for a New Year's Eve gala organized by Summer Suite, together with "La Vita a 30 anni!", with dinner starting at 8.30pm (95 euro) and a party to celebrate the arrival of 2023 with entertainment and dancing. From 11.30pm there is the possibility to enter just for the countdown, with seated spots, a bottle of prosecco and dessert (60 euro) and DJ set to follow (just entrance is 25 euro). For info and reservations check out the Facebook event.
Festa Total at the Instabile | from 8.30pm
Instabile, along at the eastern end of the Arno on the right bank, will offer a "total party" for families with kids, starting with dinner at 8.30pm accompanied with acrobatic performances to continue on with music until midnight. Dinner starts at 60 euro (less for kids) but it is also possible to just show up after dinner to enjoy both the music and welcome in the new year with everyone else. You can book by emailing email@example.com or calling either 333 890 2161 or 366 9772005.
New Year's Eve 2023 in the discos of Florence
To greet the new year on the dance floor, many clubs in Florence organize parties and events - finally once again!
- The New Year's party called Nobody is Perfect at Tenax in via Pratese, with Danilo Plessow / MCDE, Alex Neri, Fabrizio Mammarella, Francesco Farfa, Philipp, Cole and David Brilli starts at 11pm and continues until 11 the next morning. Only for those over 18.
- The Otel in via Generale Dalla Chiesa 9/B organizes the Fabulous New Year's Eve Party with various options: served dinner from 8 pm (€150) or buffet (€100) or entrance directly for the party at 12.30am (€35/40/45). There are two separate dance areas, with Federico Grazzini, Luca Pechino and Giacomo Miranda in the theater and Fabien, David Bianucci and Luca Lucarelli in the KK area. Entrance is only allowed to those over 18.
- At the Combo Social Club the evening starts after midnight. Starting at 12.30am, the dance floor open with electro-house-techno beats and continues all the way until 6am. Mass, Giambi XX and DJ Blasy will host the party. Entrance is 15€ for those who buy Early Bird tickets (until supplies last) and 20€ at the door. The Combo is very close to the Campo di Marte train station, on via Mannelli, 2.
- At the Space Club the dance floors are two and offer various types of music from 11pm until 6am of the new year for those over 18. Entrance with booking with a deposit of €20 required, the rest upon entrance (40€) with drinks included with your ticket. The dance club is near the Santa Maria Novella train station, on via Palazzuolo 37. To book, check out the booking site.
Dinner (for the family) at the Pazzagli Art Park | from 8.30pm
The Enzo Pazzagli Art Park in Rovezzano is offering a dinner on 31st December accompanied by the magic show for adults and children by "Magico Matteo". The special dinner includes 3 appetizers, 3 first courses, 3 seconds, dessert, water and sparkling wine which is served in a large heated hall and in a heated marquee (58 euro per person, 28 euro for kids under 10, free for kids under 2). You can also choose to just enjoy dinner without the show. Bookings allowed until December 29 (WhatsApp at 3477335332). or through other info on the park website.
Last updated: December 29, 2022