Spending New Year’s Eve in Venice

by Giulia Minero
New Year's Eve in Venice

Venice has a lot to offer on New Year's Eve! Here's what you will find in town, if you wish to visit the city during this period

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Italian style New Year's Eve: it all starts with a huge dinner

The Italian ‘Capodanno’ is a traditional secular celebration which finds its roots the history of the past centuries and mainly involves food rituals. On 31 December 2018, the San Silvestro dinner (cenone di San Silvestro, in Italian) is a must for everyone as well as some of the delicacies on the menu such as lentils, commonly considered propitious and cotechino, a typical cold cut with a buttery texture which is said to bring wealth for the future. Both the best hotels in the city as well as local restaurants and bistros offer a mouth-watering selection of traditional dishes well worth a try. A tip for those who experience New Year’s Eve in Italy for the first time: remember that, as celebrations go on until midnight, dinner usually starts around 8pm and 9pm, so be ready for a late-night dinner.

New Year's Eve in Venice: dining on a boat

Boat dinner

In case you wish to live a true Venetian-style dinner with a peerless view, Venice also offers its guests the unique chance of an elegant dinner aboard of a boat crossing the city’s key locations on the lagoon, while savouring typical sweet and salty creations. Try this romantic experience departing from Riva delle Zattere, crossing the Giudecca and the Lido before going back to Saint Mark’s Square for the unmissable toast.

After dinner: party time!

After a typical dinner, the perfect ending for the longest night of the year is waiting for you in Sestiere San Marco. Here, a beautiful firework performance will brighten the night and the lagoon alike with its multi-faceted colours. If you don’t want to miss the show, make sure you head to Riva degli Schiavoni, Riva Ca’ di Dio, Riva San Biagio, or Riva dei Sette Martiri to enjoy the best view spot (> See on Google Maps).

Or even, reach Piazza San Marco to experience the annual ‘Love’ event, where thousands of lovers welcome the arrival of the new year with a highly symbolic kiss, followed by a propitious toast with a glass of bubbles.

New Year's Eve at La Fenice Opera House

New Year's Eve in Venice: concert at Teatro la Fenice Photo © Michele Crosera

If you are a lover of music and theatre, the annual concert held at La Fenice Opera House in the afternoon is a good alternative for those who don’t wish to stay out until late night. Don’t worry in case you miss the show on New Year’s Eve, as the concert is held on 30 and 31 December 2018, and 1 January 2019 (additional information and tickets are already available in on www.teatrolafenice.it)

Off the beaten tracks

Thanks to the efficient boat and vaporetto services, usually on duty with extended timetables for the occasion, you can also easily reach Murano, whose tiny calli and squares offer myriad options for an unforgettable night full of music.

Or even head to the Lido, must-go venue for youngsters and not only, the perfect venue to celebrate the new year on the seaside.  A unique experience for the bravest ones? The traditional event ‘Auguri di Capodanno sulla spiaggia del Lido di Venezia,‘ consisting in a spectacular dive in the Adriatic sea (usually at 12pm on 1pm January 2019) for a refreshing new start, followed by an invigorating lunch and entertainment for kids (location: beach Blue Moon, Lido.

New Year's Eve in Venice: swim at Lido, a tradition started in 1979
New Year's Eve in Venice: swim at Lido, a tradition started in 1979

Tips for a safe celebration

In order to enjoy a safe yet fun night at New Year’s Eve, please keep in mind that carrying fireworks, explosive materials as well as glass bottles is prohibited. This to protect people and historical monuments from possible injuries or damages and provide visitors to the city with a peerless chance of safe entertainment.

Find this year’s best events on our dedicated section!

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