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Which Italian city for new year?

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Which Italian city for new year?

Hi guys!

Me and my partner are thinking of heading to Italy for new year, but are undecided which city to go for. Naples sounds like it has the biggest celebration, but the thought of getting hit by things being thrown from people's windows is worrying! Also on the pictures I've seen, Naples looks quite run down. I loved venice, just wondered if any of you had and advice to offer?

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1. Re: Which Italian city for new year?

I spent last New Year's Eve in Naples. Don't worry about things getting thrown from windows - I didn't see it happen but I was down by the bay where the best celebrations were happening. The fireworks went on for almost an hour and it was a wonderful party atmosphere without the drunks and loons you get in Sydney. I felt safer in Naples than a Sydney NYE. I loved it and would happily go back.

Naples is a huge city and has been continually occupied for over 3000 years. When Romulus and Remus were washed up on the Tiber, Naples was well and truly a bustling Greek city so of course it's going to look a little tired (like my Aunty Pat after a few too many sherrys!). Just look past this and you'll find a city full of history, architecture and priceless art as well as a beautiful bay. Try venere.com and key in Piazza Plebiscito for the Naples district - it's down by the water and absolutely gorgeous.

I've got some Naples photos here including one of NYE 2013. Hope I've convinced you!


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Ah that sounds lovely!! Your photos look good too, thank you for your reply, very helpful x

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3. Re: Which Italian city for new year?

I really enjoyed my brief visit to Naples - it was only a few weeks ago.

I have spent New Year's Eve in Venice and in Orvieto (several years apart). Italians really know how to celebrate - you will have fun wherever you decide to go.

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If you choose Naples, know what to expect:


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5. Re: Which Italian city for new year?

thejurist, That fireworks display was fantastic, how long does that go on for?

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6. Re: Which Italian city for new year?

Naples is quite run down, but I haven't spent New Year there. I have spent New Year in both Florence (once) and Venice (twice). Both destinations were brilliant. Florence had mini concerts in various squares - we were in Piazza della signoria. Venice has a concert every year in Saint Mark's Sq, followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

Personally, whilst I adore Florence, I found the atmophere in Venice much friendlier / less edgy, for example, the first year I went, being from London I assumed we would not be able to take bottles of champagne / glases into the square and realised too late that there would be no problem. At midnight, some locals gave us a bottle!

Really, I think wherever you choose yo go you will have a great time as most cities have events planned.

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