It is almost impossible to believe that the year of 2013 is winding down, but before you know it New Year’s Eve will be right around the corner.
New Year’s Eve (and the subsequent day) are a time of celebrating the last year and ringing in the new one– regardless of whether you are sad to see the year go or looking forward to the promise of beginning again. There is no shortage of festivities in Florence, and most spend the evening celebrating with friends and family. One unique idea for celebrating the end of the year is to head out to the countryside and rent a house with your friends.
Tuscany has no shortage of beautiful landscapes, and staying in the country allows everyone to party until whatever hour they should choose without having to worry about getting home safely. Vacation rentals in Italy are common, and with a good sized group the price is not prohibitive. For those staying inside the city, there will be no short- Ushering in the new year age of fireworks at midnight to mark the changing of the year.
While the city of Florence does not set off an official fireworks display, as expats might expect, there are many different displays set off by the local hotels as well as the local people, making it almost more exciting because by standing in the center or near the river you can catch more than one display of fireworks. In addition, many of the squares of Florence will host free live music throughout the evening. Champagne, or the Italian equivalent, Prosecco, will flow freely and many restaurants will host dinners for those looking to avoid cooking for the evening or who want to arrange events with friends. For luck for the upcoming year, one should eat lentils, which symbolize money and good fortune.
Grab a glass of prosecco and make a toast with friends for the new year, and consider what new year’s resolution you will be making for 2014!
Student in Florence and writer