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Celebrating New Year's Eve in Florence

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.

Pistoia always puts on a great show - and especially this year as it ends up its year 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 just a few for those with kids, but alas, those with little ones are used to having limited options.

Be prepared for some changes! There is a new anti-fireworks and anti-glass law in effect for all open spaces where there are events or a high concentration of people, such as Piazza Duomo or via Calzaiuoli. The order will be effective from 6 pm on December 31st to 3 am on January 1st. Please note, there will be a maximum capacity of participants, once this number (15,000) is reached, people will not be able to enter the event area! And please party safe, there will also be checks with the metal detector.

Florence - Historical center

Happy New Year’s Eve in Florence City Center

Piazzale Michelangelo | Free Entrance | from 9.45pm

Ermal Meta, Morgan and Raphael Gualazzi

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 midnight is preceded by various cover bands starting at 21.45.

Piazza Santissima Annunziata | Free Entrance | from 9.45pm

Eric Waddell & The Abundant Life Singers

Swing with gospel notes of this fabulous chorus and watch the evening light up with a special light show by Giancarlo Cauteruccio

Oltrarno | Free Entrance | from 10pm

marching band, New Orleans style

San Frediano, Santo Spirito, Piazza Pitti are just a few stops for the Fantomatik Orchestra and the Pedrasamba Street Band, which will walk through the streets and squares of the Florentine Oltrarno from 10:30 pm to the rhythm of jazz and Afro-Brazilian music.

Christmas lights in Florence for the New Years

Piazza San Lorenzo | Free Entrance | TBA

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

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 | TBA - 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 5:30pm

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

New Years Eve in Florence Italy with Hard Rock Cafe

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.

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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 2018

Fabio Luisi leads the soloists, the Orchestra and the Choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in the performance of the ninth symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven, a monument to the human brotherhood and one of the most beloved songs of the German composer. 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 2017 and enter into 2018

Official linkMedieval styled New Years Day near Florence

Florence | WOODSTOCK Club | Reservations Required

Capodanno Latino 2018

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 goodbye 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.


There are quite a few changes this year due to new laws and crowd protection - but that is a good thing. We have tried to sum up the more important changes here:

As far as road conditions are concerned, the ZTL will be from 6 pm to 8 AM the next morning. The roads leading to Piazzale Michelangelo will be closed from 8:30 pm on December 31st to 2:30 am on the 1st of January. For mopeds it will be possible to gain access from Viale Galileo while on foot you will climb from the ramps and from Viale Galileo. The disabled will have to access the ramps, where they will find dedicated parking lots.

The ATAF service will mostly end at 8:30 pm. Please note that from 8:30 pm on December 31st to approximately 2am on January 1st, the service will be reduced to the following lines: 6, 11, 14, 17, 22 and 23 only. For the frequency, consult the website

A free shuttle will be activated to Piazzale Michelangelo from Piazza Beccaria (stop GIOVINE ITALIA / AMENDOLA) to Piazzale di Porta Romana (end of PORTA ROMANA) both in and out with an average frequency of 10 minutes from 8 to 10_30 on 31 December; the service will then resume from 1:15 am until 3 am on 1 January with the same frequency.

In Piazza Beccaria and Porta Romana, citizens can take advantage of the service after leaving the car in the car parks of Sant'Ambrogio, Beccaria and Oltrarno - Calza.

The Villa Costanza car park is also open and can be accessed directly from the A1 motorway thanks to the "Villa Costanza" exit between Scandicci and Impruneta, both north and south. You park the car, without leaving the highway, and you get to the terminus of the T1 tram line that connects Scandicci to the center of Florence in a few minutes.


Looking for some fun for 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 2018!

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 long 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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