New Years parties in Milan are as spectacular as the city itself. Milan has the largest metropolitan area in all of Italy and is widely considered to be the fashion capital of the world. It is an international hotspot for tourists looking for world-class shopping, dining, and accommodations. The boutiques, restaurants, and luxury hotels in Milan will certainly not disappoint, nor will spending New Years 2016 in Milan—you'll come home with plenty of amazing pictures.
New Years Parties in Milan
The Milan New Years Eve celebration starts the same way as it does all over the country. Known as La Fiesta di San Silvestro, families and friends gather together in a spirit of celebration to ring in the coming of a new year. Of course food must play a vital role in the celebration, as this is Italy. Lentils (symbolizing good fortune in the coming year) and a “cotechino” (or a large spiced sausage, symbolizing the possibility for abundances and richness in the coming year) are served with other delectable items making for a wonderful dinner. After La Fiesta di San Silvestro is concluded, preparations for New Years parties in Milan kick into high gear. All across the city, excitement builds for an ensuing all-night party that features dancing, drinking, fireworks, and a general atmosphere of elation and joy. The New Year in Milan is celebrated in grand fashion with food, spirits, song, and dance.
The Milan New Years Eve festivities, just like those in Venice, Naples, Bologna, and other cities throughout Italy center around people celebrating together. This is a very important component of Italian culture in general. Families and friends for the most part are very close to one another so it comes as no surprise that the New Year in Milan should be celebrated with those closest to you. In many of the small towns where there is no central public fireworks display or celebration, people will simply build a bonfire and the dancing and drinking can tend to last into the early morning hours. A big tradition in Italy is to drink prosecco or spumante on New Years. Just as much as champagne is a tradition in the United States, the Italian versions of sparkling white wines are in nearly everyone’s hands on this celebrated holiday.
A great way to spend the New Year in Milan is at the Piazza Castello and the Piazza del Duomo. With the gorgeous cathedral as the backdrop, people come here to dance and enjoy live music with friends. The celebration lasts all night and fireworks are set off as people wish each other a Happy New Year. This is perhaps the largest of all the New Years parties in Milan.
There is also a fireworks display and celebration that takes place at Castello Sforzesco. Just as the Piazza del Duomo celebration will draw crowds of people to enjoy the fireworks and a glass of spumante, the same will be going on here. Milan is such a charmed city that any place you choose to ring in the New Year should provide a memorable backdrop for the holiday. Also, if you would rather pass the New Years holiday at a club there is a range of options as well. Although you will not be able to take in the full effect of New Years in Italy from a nightclub, you may want to head to one after watching one of the fireworks display. Nightlife in Milan is not all about nightclubs but they do exist. Put a little advance planning into which ones will be offering package deals if you're interested or simply ask one of the locals who is throwing a late night party.
Hopeless romantics visiting or living in the city and celebrating the 2016 New Year in Milan may want to pass the evening on the banks of the Naviglio Grande canal. The waterways are lit up and provide a romantic and intimate setting for those spending the New Year with that someone special. No matter how you choose to spend your Milan New Years Eve, do it in style. The fashion capital of the world provides a classy and sophisticated setting for some great parties on the big night and there are plenty of New Years vacation packages to choose among. With a whole host of fine restaurants, clubs and other establishments also hosting celebrations on top of the large public gatherings, no matter which New Years Eve parties in Milan you choose to attend, they are sure to be memorable.