New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated holidays in every part of the world regardless of religion and culture. Out with the old and in with the new! Cities all over Italy will be lighting up the night with huge meals, music, dancing, and fireworks for what is known as San Silvestro in Italian. Of Italy’s many festive cities, Naples in the Campania region is one of the most sought-after destinations for ringing in the New Year! Coined the “City of Music”, Naples has planned three full days of entertainment for all to enjoy. Here is a guide to what’s happening in la Bella Napoli: New Year’s Eve in Naples!
Events Happening December 30th
Naples’ iconic Piazza del Plebiscito is the heart of the city and has been the focal point of New Year’s Eve celebrations for years. This year, the festivities begin on December 30th with the popular Italian pop singer Rkomi performing at 9:00 pm. There is no ticket required but obviously, expect to arrive hours before showtime if you want to get a spot.
That same day, there are also two more events planned at other locations in the city. At the Maschio Angioino Castle beginning at 10 am, organizers have planned a fantastic day for families with young children. Kids can participate in workshops and all kinds of child-friendly activities at absolutely no cost through 8 pm.
Also on the 30th, you can catch outstanding performances ranging from traditional Neapolitan folk songs to modern Christmas tunes all performed by the City of Naples Choir. The show begins at 10:30 am at the Nisida Juvenile Penitentiary Institute.
At 12 noon, the Nuova Scarlatti Youth Orchestra will hold a concert at Palavesuvio. The ensemble will include a mixture of classical while paying tribute to Naples’ traditional folk music. Admission is free while seats last.
And for the moment you’ve been waiting for…the actual New Year’s Eve lineup in Piazza del Plebiscito! Beginning at 9:30 pm, you can catch a star-studded lineup of Italian actors and public figures on stage until the countdown at midnight. A DJ set will take it from there playing dance hits for several more hours into the early morning.
On the city’s famous waterfront, there will be two additional concerts taking place on stages set up on Via Caracciolo that will include dance music, light shows, fireworks, and dancers.
As you can see, you really can’t miss when you choose to make Napoli the place to ring in 2023!
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