What do you do on New Year's Eve? If you are harassed by the question asked time and time again by family and friends, and you still haven’t found a solution, don’t worry! In Tuscany there are lots of ideas and suggestions to find the perfect way to toast the New Year!
December 31st will be a long night in Siena: the streets of the old town will be invaded by a big itinerant show of music and performances that will converge in Piazza del Campo for a midnight toast. Music in Circus at the Medici Fortress will involve a real circus with concerts, performances and food delights, which will remain open until 5am on January 1st. Those who dream of a quieter alternative can count on the New Year's Gala at the Teatro dei Rinnovati, with a revival of Madame Butterfly by Puccini, an aperitif in the foyer, a gala dinner and a toast in the terraces of the theatre.
For those who love to toast the New Year in the city, Florence offers many free concerts in its most beautiful squares: classical music in Piazza della Signoria with Giuseppe Lanzetta, who will conduct the orchestra of the Opera of Rousse, jazz and pop in Piazza della Repubblica, while there’ll be gospel music in Piazza Santissima Annunziata and you can dance at the live concert by Italian singer Mario Biondi in Piazzale delle Cascine. There is also a party in Piazza della Resistenza in Scandicci with songwriter from Livorno Bobo Rondelli and l’Orchestrino.
National Park of Casentino Forests
A New Year's Eve immersed in nature? The National Park of Casentino Forests celebrates the New Year in a mountain lodge at high altitude, including torchlight processions, mulled wine, snowshoeing in the forest and guided stargazing. An ideal solution for those in need of a break and to celebrate the arrival of 2015 in front of a fireplace.
Abbadia San Salvatore
There is a touch of magic in the New Year in Abbadia San Salvatore: the old mining town of Monte Amiata offers a full program of activities on December 30 and 31, from snowshoeing in the beech forest to a striking torchlight skiing up to reach the party in the main square.
Terme di Siena offers a relaxing New Year with a toast in a spa: in Chianciano Terme, Rapolano and Bagno Vignoni you can enjoy a truly rejuvenating December 31, with baths by candlelight, spas, massages and dinners by thermal water pools.
The New Year 2015 not only provides music. In Suvereto, in fact, 2015 is celebrated with “Calici di San Silvestro”: from 8pm, enjoy some delicious food and wine, street theatre and entertainment for adults and children.
In Arezzo, the party is in Piazza Grande, where DJ sets, cabaret shows, children's entertainment and midnight toast will welcome the New Year.
In Pisa, the New Year is welcomed in with the traditional celebration in the streets and squares of the old town. The Ponte di Mezzo, Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza XX Settembre will be the nerve centre of New Year’s Eve events. Here, you will find two stages and two big screens to follow the music and dance performances and the fireworks on the Lungarno. To complete the atmosphere there will be light projections on the façades of some historic buildings.
In Bagnone, in the Lunigiana area, a party will be held in Piazza Santa Maria with DJs and toasts. A few miles from there, in Pontremoli, there will be a New Year’s Eve party in Piazza Italia organized by the local tourist board in collaboration with the local council.
In Lucca, Piazza San Martino is the setting of the celebrations. The program includes live music, DJ sets and a traditional toast to Lucca’s special midnight, which is 17 minutes and 59 seconds later than the Italian midnight. The time, in fact, is calculated according to the transit of the sun on the sundial on the Tower of the Hours (Torre delle Ore).
Forte dei Marmi
In Forte dei Marmi, in the heart of Versilia, December 31 features a double appointment with a morning market offering quality products and in the evening a New Year's party in Piazza Garibaldi. The celebrations start at 5:30 pm with entertainment for children and continue with a cabaret show with music and puppets. The night continues at 10:30pm with live music, stilt walkers, fire juggling and toast.
Viareggio welcomes 2015 with a big party in Piazza Burlamacco, at the Citadel of Carnival. There will be an evening of music and entertainment, organized by the Osteria Burlamacco with the support and collaboration of the Foundation of Carnival of Viareggio. The highlight will be the Abba cover band.
In Cortona, New Year’s Eve will follow the rhythm of the music with a performance by the band Followers of Christ Upholding Standards at Teatro Signorelli.
Dance the night away in Piazza Dante in Grosseto, where you can celebrate 2015 with DJ sets, live music, dance and more.
Piombino will focus on the diversity of styles, genres, sounds and colours with the "New Year Jukebox". The party starts at around 10pm in Piazza Verdi with the performance of two live bands and a DJ set. A large table will be the highlight of the party, where participants can share sweets and sparklers.
In Prato, you will find a superb tribute to Cole Porter at Politeama theatre with the traditional New Year's Eve concert.
Montecatini Terme celebrates the New Year with concerts and performances at the Teatro Verdi with “Dal Cabaret a Bandiera Gialla”
Pistoia celebrates in Piazza Duomo with the Multiethnic Orchestra of Arezzo.
Original posts by Ilaria Giannini on Diari Toscani and Roberta Ristori on http://www.intoscana.it/