New Year's Eve in Florence

Florence is the place for very special 2007/2008 New Year's

New Year's Eve in Florence

“Capodanno” in Italian is the “New Year’s Eve” and Florence has a great tradition of fun and dancing together with the “Cenone”, the great traditional dinner of the Eve.
There are many events in Florence this New Years- from 'veglioni,' (=parties), and concerts both in local venues and on the streets, to numerous plays staged in theaters in and around Florence where you can spend a joyous night in the company of San Silvestro. 

Another traditional way to spend the New Year’s Eve in Florence (and generally in Italy) is just dancing or listening to concerts in the nicest spots of the town.

Piazza Sant Ambrogio (close to Santa Croce) after the great success of the last year will be again one of the hottest spots in Florence. Cool music starting 9.30 PM with Funky Family and special guest Fabio Morgera (one of the best Italian jazz trumpets).  And after the Combo Turista DJ Set by Alessandro Q till morning! Free entrance and hot fish and chips together with very other food a drinks at reasonable prices.

Also in Piazza Santo Spirito in the traditional quarter of the “Oltrarno” (=left bank of the Arno river, the Florentine “Rive Gauche”). DJ set by Davide Localò starting  at 9.00 PM and from 11.00 PM to midnight cover Italian songs by Petralana. After Midnight again dancing under the stars with Davide Localò. All the bars and restaurants of piazza Santo Spirito will be open till dawn.

Another interesting initiative will take place under the vaults of the “PORCELLINO”, the traditional leather market near the Ponte Vecchio. There will be traditional food, good Tuscan wine together songs and entertainment. The initiative is organized by the charitable association,  “Sportivamente” to help disabled people to practice sports.

And for the ones that prefer good old classic music, here’s the top: in Santa Croce square the Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro lirico Europeo, conducted by Giuseppe Lanzetta will start performing from 11.00 PM. Music by Strauss, Verdi, Bizet. Free entrance!

Here is a list of the events in Florence and surroundings:


The mega midnight feast will be back after the success of last year and take place at the Uffizi Center to celebrate the New Year in downtown Florence, right next to the Uffizi Gallery! Enjoy a delicious dinner, music, dancing and you simply can't forget a midnight toast. You are even able to join the festivities after dinner if you prefer, and this is a great way to bring in the new year in Florence!

One of most famous Florentine parties: the “CAPODANNO al SASCHALL” (Via Fabrizio De Andrè, angolo Lungarno Aldo Moro, 3 Firenze). This year the event will be even more special thanks to the participation of the famous “Ministry of Sound” directly from London with DJ Robert Owens. It’s a real special dining and dancing event with wonderful stage setting, many surprising activities, and the new and exclusive privee at the second floor. 
Information and booking:
Marco: Cel: +39 329.3627079
Matteo: Cel: +39 339.6914933
Prices (only on boking):
Dinner + admittance to the Dancing Floor + table for after dinner = 120€ (from 8.30 PM)
Dinner + admittance to the Dancing Floor = 100€ (from 8.30 PM)
Admittance to the Dancing Floor + table for after dinner = 70€ (from 11.00 PM)
Admittance to the Dancing Floor + Drink  = 50€ (from 11.00 PM)
More information on the “CAPODANNO AL SASCHALL” -

Here is a list of  six of the trendiest New Year’s Eve parties that can be booked by a single organization: info / bookings: +39 340 6905027 / +39 333 4273104 /
CAPODANNO 2008 AL MARACANA: it’s the only Brazilian party in Forence with the Brazilian Show with the typical dances and capoeira exhibitions. Special guest: FRANCESCO ARCA from the TV reality show 'La Fattoria'.
CAPODANNO 2008 AL FULL UP: a class dinner and a DJ selection of “House” music till dawn with many special guests .
CAPODANNO 2008 ALLA FORTEZZA DA BASSO (ARSENALE): special party dedicated to the Florentine “movida” with dinner.
CAPODANNO 2008 A CASTEL DI POGGIO: a very exclusive party in the antique halls of the Villa “CASTEL DI POGGIO” on the hill of Fiesole just out of town.
CAPODANNO 2008 AL TENAX: it’s a mix of the famous “Nobody's Perfect” with the “Cadenza Party” in the trendiest disco of Florence Dj LUCIANO + Dj Mirko Loco.
CAPODANNO 2008 ALLO YAB: dinner with Raffaello Zanieri (from the “Canale 5” national TV  channel), discotheque after dinner.

O 'Munaciello - Ristorante- Pizzeria in Florence (wood oven) Via Maffia, 31r - Neighborhood Holy Spirit-phone. 055.287198 booking room 'Reginella' 392.0695432. Great 'Veglione' of the end of the year- LIVE MUSIC to follow and TOMBOLONE at midnight. But how to celebrate a New Year's with the 'napoletanità'? The night spent at the O'Munaciello the Holy Spirit restaurant is the only way to do it right. Apart from a rich menu full of culinary delights, the spirit, 'paffuto and rubicondo' has organized a series of events, including musical games as a surprise to entertain guests during the New Year 'veglione' or grand festival. If you are Anticipating something fun, go on ahead to a series of mini music partenopea, a special tombolone midnight. To conclude the evening, what better way than a reading of tarot cards while enjoying Maga Esmeralda coffee from Mergellina, the good wishes Neapolitan tradition? The event will be 60 Euro on request. Press Lapo Chirici - Mob: 335.6771593-Fax: 055.93931166-mail:

Grand Gala Renaissance of the End of the Year in PALAZZO BUDINI-GATTAI
To celebrate with the last class of Florence of 2007, the exclusive Gran Gala Renaissance by candlelight will take place in the fascinating setting of Palazzo Budini Gattai. Enjoy the soft live musical accompaniment, anecdotes about the history of Tuscan culinary, and a night of fine dining. The beautiful costumes of the renaissance ceremony will create a magical atmosphere to help you enjoy the genuine authenticity of the historical, traditional dishes straight from the Tuscan kitchen and revisited with skill and art from one of the most important Florentine chefs. In addition, there will be oil tastings from the best Tuscan farmhouses, rare Tuscan grappas, sweets and chocolates prepared by a master Tuscan baker. There will also be live music to follow the midnight toast. In this one night Gala of the fables of yesteryear, you will truly have an unforgettable start to the new 2008 year. For this spectacular gala banquet, wine, drinks, music and entertainment, pay only 150 euros.Reservations are required, with limited seating. Reservations: dell'Agnolo 103 / r Florence, tel. 329.0628377.

AUDITORIUM FLOG-Via Markets 24 / B, Florence hours: At 9:30pm begins the CARTOONS & MANGA PARTY with CIALTRONI ANIMATI in concert. The group, after being disbanded for some time, meets this one last time for a memorable evening of New Year's at the Flog Florence. Acronyms of CARTONI ANIMATI, Soundtrack of FILM and TELEFILM animation, projections and CARTOON Japanese MANGA, and much more will take place on New Year's Eve, all at the AUDITORIUM FLOG.Enjoy a night reminiscing and enjoying the big screen all in one ubelieveable night. Following the films will include, DANCEHALL: ROCK at 360 ° / TV greatest Hits / Cartoon's delight / Elettrodance and much more with 4 DJ's to mix up the music the entire night. Auditorium Flog will open at 9ç30pm for betweenINPUT 18 / 14 euors. A midnight toast will also be presented as an offering for the wonderful new year!

New hot all'EXCELSIOR Street Pistoiese, 185 San Donnino-Florence. Information and reservations: 329/1333483. Enjoy a bottle of champagne in the company of Nikky Anderson for the new year at Excelsior! With her brilliant smile, fabulous body and a innate sympathy are what have made Nikky such a beautiful star with so many fans. Nikky was born in Hungary in 1977 and was initially discovered by the Swedish company 'Private'. Soon, she began striking success both among the public and among the employees at 'Private.' This is however the last year that the Hungarian blonde will grace Italy's presence and you will be able to see her only at Excelsior for a New year's celebration you won't forget.

RIFRULLO restaurant and BAR LOUNGE via San Nicholas 55 / r-Florence. For information: 055-234 26 21. Enjoy a full dinner at the Rifrullo for 78 euros from after 9pm, with the opportunity to enjoy the bar only after 11pm and for the midnight toast. The dinner includes a tasty carpaccio with bresaola and castelmagno truffle, bass and salmon marinated with Mediterranean spices,risotto served in the form of parmesan,'whole' bluefin tuna served on a bed of mixed lettuce, lonzino lardellato served with robbery and lentils and a wide variety of sweets with drinks and a dance party. If chocolate eats and shot glasses made with cream mignon at midnight tempt you, then you certainly cannot miss out!

Also, the Boston T mega New Year's Eve celebration of Capodanno will have a disco, and in the morning- pastries for breakfast!

MONDAY, December 31, 2007 New Year's at the Cuban Jazz club! By 9pm,enjoy a full dinner and by 11:30 will begin the Grande Fiesta Cuban with PERFIDIA QUINTET in concert at The

JAZZ CLUB (New Via de 'Caccini No. 3; top concerts hours 10:15; entry for members, annual 5 euros card, no admission ticket) prepares a grand New Year's Eve party,. The doors open at 9 pm for a delicious dinner (65 Euro, info and reservations: Rich Vincent, 335 6146115; after 21055 -2479700, from Tuesday to Saturday) with music exuberant but discreet speeches, so as not to prevent conversations and socialization. At around 11:30 pm, there will be an explosion of a 'Cuban fiesta' up on stage, including the PERFIDIA QUINTET (Francis Birardi and Gianni Biondi: guitars and vocals; Paul Casu: congas, darbouka, percussion; Sandrito 'Garbey: trumpet; Michele Staino: bass), the group well known for the distinctive melodic interweaving of voices and guitars that perfectly recreates the intense atmosphere of bolero, son and traditional Cuban music. You are truly in for an overwhelming and exciting performance. The restaurant will open its doors to all members who want to participate in the midnight toast (entry to be defined) or after for a fun and exciting show. Bring the New Year's Eve in with style and make it to teh Cuban Jazz Club on December 31st.

Perhaps one of the biggest party will take place at the FORTEZZA DA BASSO (viale Strozzi, infoline: 338/5721655) the title of the big soirè is 'Cosmo New Year Night' ' special guests from Germany: Felix Krocher (n° 1 of Techno music) together with Marco Remus and Sven Wittekind from Germany. An extraordinary dance event with 7 Djs!

The first day of the year concert in Florence will be held at the Teatro Comunale. The young (and brilliant) Orchestra of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole will be performing at 11.30 in the morning. Free entrance!

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