New Year 2022: Events and concerts not to be missed

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Lluis Enric Mayans

There are those who prefer to spend the New Year's night at home with family or in the company of friends, some in the mountains and others waiting for the chime of midnight in the square, regardless of the cold, perhaps for a live concert or particular event. In Italy, on the night of December 31st, more and more people opt for this mode of entertainment, choosing from one of the many proposals organized throughout Italy. From north to south (including the islands), in fact, there are many events and concerts held in the squares or original locations, some of which have free access. In this article, we show you the main ones divided by location.


  1. New Year's Events and Concerts in Northern Italy
  2. New Year's Events and Concerts in central Italy
  3. New Year's events and concerts in southern Italy and in the islands
  4. New Year's Events and Concerts in Europe
  5. Other ideas and low cost destinations to celebrate the New Year
  6. User questions and comments

Covid-19 emergency: events, concerts and demonstrations could undergo last-minute changes due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We recommend that you inform yourself well about the situation of the destination you intend to visit before departure. If you are planning a trip, follow government guidelines and make sure you are in line with safety measures.

New Year's Events and Concerts in Northern Italy

1 - Milan: Concert in Piazza Duomo

Milan is the undisputed city of nightlife, so all party and party lovers can choose it without thinking about it. Like every year, for New Year's Eve the appointment is in the beautiful Piazza Duomo for the free concert preceding midnight. The atmosphere will be heated as early as 21:00 pm with the RTL 102.5 djset, to then leave room for the leading artists, with various characters from Italian TV and cinema, and for this year's special guest until around midnight.

For those who prefer other types of music and concerts, at the Auditorium there will be the classic end-of-year concert with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, while at the Blue Note in Via Borsieri 37 there will be the expected concert of the Gospel Choir of the Angels in Harlem.

If this is not enough for you, continue until morning in the most popular discos of the city such as Alcatraz, Magazzini Generali and Old Fashion.

  • Info: Piazza Duomo, starting time: 20:00, free access.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 62,50 per room -
  • Milan Cathedral and roof: entrance ticket Milan Segway tour Milan Last Supper: guided tour

2 - Venice: Don Quixote Tragicomedy of art at the Goldoni Theater

In Venice, at the Goldoni Theater, the arrival of the new year is expected with the extraordinary Commedia dell'Arte in the performance of Don Quixote by the Stivalaccio Teatro company. Cervantes' novel is then staged with an original show, in which two unlikely acrobats tell a story in which, in addition to the protagonists of the novel Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, even Dante, Manzoni and Dario Fo come out!
With only two evenings, December 31 and January 1 respectively, the show will make you experience a fun-filled New Year's Eve (make sure you buy your tickets in advance).

  • Info: Teatro Goldoni, starting at 21 pm on December 00st, at 31 pm on January 17st. Tickets from around € 00
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 140,00 per room -
  • Tour from Venice to the islands of Murano and Burano Venice: waterbus and land bus pass Venice: Jewish ghetto and Cannaregio with culinary tour

3 - Venice: Concert at the La Fenice Theater

Also in Venice, another great event precedes the arrival of the new year: it is the now inevitable New Year's Concert organized inside the Teatro La Fenice. Much loved by lovers of classical music and not only, also this year it will be Myung-Whun Chung to conduct the orchestra and the choir, giving emotions and leaving you fascinated.

The first part of the concert, as usual, will be exclusively orchestral. The second part, on the other hand, will also see the participation of the soloists and the choir and will end as usual with the "Va 'Pensiero" from Nabucco and the toast "Libiam ne' lieti calici" from Giuseppe Verdi's Traviata.

  • Info: Teatro La Fenice, starts at 16 pm on December 00st and at 31:11 am on January 15st, duration 1 hours, ticket prices starting from € 2 depending on the seat chosen
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 140,00 per room -
  • Tour from Venice to the islands of Murano and Burano Venice: waterbus and land bus pass Venice: Jewish ghetto and Cannaregio with culinary tour

4 - Bologna: Dancin 'Bo in Piazza Maggiore

Also to Bologna, in Piazza Maggiore, New Year's Eve is spent outdoors between music and dancing. Many will be present to animate the whole square Bolognese DJs, which will accompany the night with live music, while at the stroke of midnight, in addition to the toast for the new year, the Vecchione, symbol of the year just ended, will be burned. If you want to go wild, the Dancin 'Bo is waiting for you!

  • Info: Piazza Maggiore, starting time: 21:00, free access.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 87,50 per room -
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5 - Genoa: New Year's Eve in the square or at the Aquarium

In Genoa there is plenty of choice. We start with the most classic of locations, the must for Genoese and visitors: the concert in Piazza de Ferrari. Here various artists alternate in the line up, marking the countdown before the fireworks.

It takes a step in history instead in Old Port of Genoa, the ancient port of the Maritime Republic, where every year various events and appointments are held on the occasion of the New Year. Shows and entertainment suitable for both adults and children, in addition to skating rink and Ferris wheel mounted in the square of Calata Gadda.

Finally, the New Year is also an ideal occasion for more than ever visit the Aquarium of Genoa, with the marine setting that is dressed in the colors of Christmas. For December 31, we organize an aperitif with a subsequent dinner and super entertainment! More exclusive than that ...

  • Info: Piazza de Ferrari and Porto Antico from early afternoon, free access; Aquarium starts at 20:00, prices starting from € 160,00 per person
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 82,50 per room -
  • Genoa and Portofino Day Tour from Milan Genoa: Traditional Food Tour Genoa: Walking tour in the footsteps of Columbus

New Year's Events and Concerts in central Italy

1 - San Marino: Dj Set and Live Music in the historic center

Moving more towards the center of the boot, here too we find several cities that organize events for the New Year right in the historic center. One of these is the city of San Marino which offers music and entertainment throughout the village, festively decorated for the occasion.

Among the guests of this edition, Marco Corona and Dj Lori G will enliven the city with live music and DJ sets, accompanying the show of fireworks at midnight.

  • Info: Piazza Sant'Agata, starting time: from 20:00, free access
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 95,00 per room -
  • San Marino: 2-hour tour with a local guide

2 - Riccione: New Year's Eve at the Disco or First Bath of the year!

In Riccione the New Year is a serious matter: a true flagship city of nightlife and entertainment, here historical discos organize New Year's Eve nights with bows. The choice is between real temples of music: the Cocoricò, for techno and electronic music lovers, and the Peter Pan, a two-story super disco with swimming pool and terrace for lovers of house and commercial music.

If you prefer to go wild outdoors, you can all meet in Piazzale Ceccarini with internationally renowned guests and go-go music. Finally, for an unforgettable night, from tradition you participate in the first dive of the year from Piazzale Roma, complete with a red cross made available by the municipal administration

  • Info: Piazzale Ceccarini, starting time from 21:00, free access / Piazzale Roma, midnight swim / Cocoricò or Peter Pan entrance from € 55,00
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 75,00 per room -

3 - Rimini: Concert in the square or disco

Even in Rimini the embarrassment of choice, to satisfy everyone's tastes: we start from traditional concert in piazzale Fellini, a stone's throw from the sea, with guests from the Italian panorama, music and fireworks. This year's guest will be Nek. From there, after midnight, all to dance in the historic center, with the music selection that this year will see Marco Rissa of Thegiornalisti at the console, or in the extraordinary setting of Castel Sismondo, set up for the occasion as a disco.

The alternative, being in Rimini, is the disco. In Gabicce Mare there is one of the 10 most beautiful discos in the world: the Imperial Bay. Alternatively, you can dance at the Carnaby Club, with the New Year's Party which also includes packages with overnight stays from € 119,00.

  • Info: free concerts in the square, starting time around 21:00 / New Year's Eve in the disco: Baia Imperiale from € 35,00, Carnaby Club from € 20,00
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 105,00 per room -
  • Rimini: Fellini's private tour 2,5-hour walk with a guide, Rimini: 2,5-hour private guided tour with a local guide

4 - Florence: Concerts in the square and shows in the theater

A city of art of absolute beauty! Even those who choose Florence for New Year's will have fun with the many events offered in the city.
For those who love parties and concerts in the square, here is the Concertone of Piazzale Michelangelo, which every year hosts artists of international standing to animate the last night of the year.

For a different party full of comedy and fun, the La Pegola Theater organizes comedy shows with key performers of Italian comedy.
Likewise also the Verdi Theater, with a show to laugh at to leave the old year behind and welcome the new in the best way.

  • Info: Concert in Piazzale Michelangelo from 21 pm, in the theater approximately from 00 pm / 20 pm (duration about 30 hours and 21 with interval, prices starting from € 00 based on age and seat chosen)
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 130,00 per room -
  • Florence: timed entrance to the Uffizi Gallery Florence Cathedral: guided tour of the Dome without queues From Florence: tour to San Gimignano, Siena and Chianti

5 - Rome: Concerts in the square or Cinecittà World

How about New Year's Eve in the capital instead? Obviously Rome also offers different options, but to vary and try to satisfy everyone's tastes.
For those who love to party and go wild to the rhythm of music, without ever stopping, the New Year in the Square is the best: from the Imperial Forums, the Colosseum to the Circus Maximus and the Capitol, the capital lights up and hosts over 100 artists who alternate for 24 hours between music, maxi concerts, fireworks, shows and performances of all kinds.

An alternative for both children and families is the New Year's Eve at Cinecittà World, the amusement park for all ages with a cinema theme, but with attractions of all kinds! We leave at 18:00 pm for non-stop entertainment until 8:00 am the next morning, with more than 30 attractions but also concerts, indoor and outdoor discos, fireworks, artists and even the possibility of choose between different dinner formulas!

  • Info: Cinecittà World, Via di Castel Romano, 200 (Get directions), starts at 18:00, ticket price from € 50,00 to € 250,00 based on the formula
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 75,00 per room -
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Package: Fast Track Colosseum: Fast Track Entry and Ancient Rome Tour

New Year's events and concerts in southern Italy and in the islands

1 - Naples: Concert in Piazza Plebiscito

In the frame of Piazza Plebiscito, the Concertone of Naples is held as every year to celebrate the New Year under the stars. Between neo-melodic songs and famous guests, we await the arrival of midnight together and then move to Castel dell'Ovo for the toast and the highly anticipated fireworks show. After that the entertainment will last all night: on the seafront in fact, stages and outdoor discos will put on the music until the first light of dawn.

  • Info: Piazza Plebiscito, starting time: 21.30pm, free access.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • Amalfi Coast: Full-Day Tour from Naples Pompeii and Amalfi Coast: Full-Day Tour from Naples Capri Island: Full-Day Tour from Naples

2 - Bari: New Year's Eve in Piazza Prefettura

Also this year, as usual, the New Year's concert will be in Piazza Prefettura, which for the occasion turns into a gigantic open-air disco. Numerous Italian artists and internationally renowned DJs will take the stage.
We then start with the concerts, and then pass the baton, immediately after midnight, to the musical selection of DJs.
This year Marco Mengoni and Gabry Ponte will be guests.

  • Info: Piazza Prefettura, starting time: from 21:00, free access.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
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3 - Olbia: Santa Claus and Befana sea crossing

One of Sardinia's most important New Year's Eve parties is held in Olbia. Apart from the calendar of events that over the years has seen guests such as J-Ax and Fedez, the Manneskin and other guests from the national scene alternate, some traditions are the flagship of the holidays. Above all, the mini crossing to the sea by about fifty Santas and a Befana.

From there you move on to the fireworks show, with 15 minutes of fireworks fired directly from the sea.

  • Info: Molo Brin, starting time: 21:00, free access
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 100,00 per room -
  • Olbia: One Way Private Transfer to OLB Airport

4 - Matera: New Year's Eve in the square

In Matera, in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, the city itself reigns supreme. The central square hosts the end of year concert, but it is the setting that makes the occasion truly special. Between alleys and clubs created in the caves, the atmosphere is truly unique!
This year the line up includes the concert of rapper Clementino from 22 pm and from midnight the musical selection is entrusted to the DJ Damianito, from Matera and reigning Italian champion of the Redbull 30 Style.

  • Info: Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 22 pm, free access
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Matera: 2-hour walking tour of the Sassi

5 - Palermo: Concert in Piazza Politeama

In Sicily, in particular, in Palermo the New Year's Eve is celebrated to the rhythm of music. Even this year the main party will be held in the city center, and in particular in Piazza Politeama, with the traditional New Year's concert.

  • Info: Piazza Politeama, starting time: 21:00, free access
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Palermo by tourist bus with 24-hour ticket 3-hour walking tour of Palermo between street food and history

New Year's Events and Concerts in Europe

1 - Paris: New Year's Eve on the Champs-Elisée

If New Year's Eve is also the festival of lights, as well as toasts and fun, one of the best European cities to spend it in is certainly the French capital, Paris. The city under the party becomes even more sparkling and magical, and on New Year's Eve in particular it is easy to choose how to spend it: after the classic New Year's Eve dinner, Parisians flock to the Champs-Elysée waiting for the beautiful video projections on the Arc de Triomphe and the midnight fireworks show.

  • Info: Champs-Elysée / Arc de Triomphe, starting time: 22pm, free
  • starting from € 49,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 468,00 per person -
  • Skip-the-line access to the top of the Arc de Triomphe Eiffel Tower: top floor ticket Skip-the-line entry to the Paris Catacombs

2 - London: Fireworks at the London Eye

Also in London, the New Year is celebrated in the squares and / or near the main tourist attractions. One of these is the Ferris wheel overlooking the Thames, the London Eye, near which a crowd of people gathers just before the stroke of midnight, waiting for theamazing fireworks show, one of the most anticipated in Europe. After the show there are those who decide not to be too late: in fact, the next day there is traditional parade which starts at Picadilly Circus and ends at Parliament Square.

  • Info: London Eye, starting time: 24:00, admission ticket £ 10,00 (€ 11,50)
  • starting from € 37,50 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 540,00 per person -
  • Thames boat ride and ghost tour St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London tour with cruise From London: 1 day to Stonehenge, Bath, Lacock and Avebury

3 - Berlin: Concert and Laser Show at the Brandenburg Gate

On the occasion of the New Year, one of the largest open-air spaces in the world is created in Berlin, under the Brandenburg Gate. International stars, light and laser games and fireworks. After midnight, however, the area becomes a huge outdoor DJ-set with electronic music ... ideal for anyone who wants to welcome the arrival of the new year to the rhythm of music.

  • Info: Brandenburg Gate, starting time: 22:00, free access
  • starting from € 49,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 75,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 389,00 per person -
  • 10 main attractions walking tour TV Tower: skip-the-line ticket Berlin WelcomeCard: transport, discounts and pocket guide

4 - Prague: New Year's Eve in Stare Mesto

On New Year's Eve, in Prague the crowds gather in the main square, Stare Mesto, to wait for him strike of the twelve strokes just below the famous astronomical clock of the old town. Afterwards, in the square there are songs, music, toasts and fun until the first light of dawn. Many, however, prefer to continue with the celebrations by going to one of the many clubs in the city: Karlovy lazne is the largest club in Central Europe, a stone's throw from Charles Bridge.

  • Info: Stare Mesto, starting time: 22:00, free access
  • starting from € 43,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 295,00 per person -
  • Prague tour: Kutna Hora and Cemetery Chapel walking tour of the Castle and Old Town Prague Treasures: walking tour and bus

5 - Barcelona: Light & Music Show at the Magic Fountain

In Barcelona, ​​nightlife and entertainment are certainly not lacking, much less on New Year's Eve. However, one of the most popular events in the city (expected by both families and groups of children on vacation) is the music and sound show offered by the Magic Fountain in Piazza di Spagna: to accompany the crazy scenography, the show of fireworks in addition to toasts and the tradition of the twelve grapes, one for each stroke.

  • Info: Magic Fountain of Piazza di Spagna, starting time: 23:30 pm, free access
  • starting from € 73,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -
  • Flight + hotel package: Return flight + 5 days / 4 nights from € 468,00 per person -
  • Sagrada Familia: Barcelona Fast Track Ticket: Port Aventura Amusement Park and Shuttle

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