Published on December 9, 2010 | by Daniela


Spend a different New Year’s Eve, you just need to choose a theme

New Year’s Eve, the dinner, the ball and the first hours of 2011 can be spent in an unusual atmosphere, in historical and refined places. For many years, the “Themed New Year” has become a must in various locations in Italy, with parties organized by public and private associations. Here is a brief overview of the opportunities for this 2010 towards the end.

Medievel themed New Year
Corinaldo – Ancona
The Medieval themed New Year will be held in Corinaldo, in the province of Ancona, in a historic home of this medieval village. The program includes a warm welcome by lords and ladies of the manor, who will bring back the spirit of the period: courtiers, dames, knights and jesters will be divided into two districts and they will fight each other to solve mysteries with the help of magic and fantasy, dream and reality. (Tourist office: 071.67782)

New Year’s in train
Lecco – Mantua
Exciting opportunity to spend New Year in a different way: on a restored train of the 1930s running from Lecco. The program, very original, comprises a direct train from Lecco, a brief stop in Monza, and then head straight to Mantua. During the trip you will enjoy an aperitif and dinner of fine dishes, accompanied by a show. Midnight will be celebrated in Mantua, with a short guided tour and then the toast on the Town Square. At 3 am you will get back to Lecco with New Year’s breakfast served aboard the train. (Office culture: 0341.271871)

New Year on board of a Galleon
Another opportunity for an unusual New Year is that offered by Venice: an evening aboard a galleon sailing between islands and canals in the lagoon. Departure is scheduled for the evening of the 31st, from the port of Fusina: aboard, you will dine with the New Year’s Eve Grand Buffet while cruising towards the islands of Burano and then Torcello and Murano. Next stops will be the Arsenal and the Certosa, to get closer to Venice around midnight and toast the New Year near Piazza San Marco where you can admire also the fireworks show. On the way back, you will sail along the islands of San Giorgio, La Grazia, San Clemente, Santo Spirito and the Lido (Culture office: 041 274 8916)

Renaissance themed New Year’s Eve
Certosa – Tuscany
The Renaissance Grand Gala will be held in St. Paul of the Cross, on a hill overlooking Florence. The strictly themed menu will be served in beautiful Renaissance costumes, with music and poetry readings by authors from Tuscany, in a magical and engaging atmosphere. The master of ceremonies will welcome guests in the Renaissance style and after midnight a buffet of desserts and pastries will be served. Live music until three in the morning (Tourist office: 055.212245)

Fantasy Medieval themed New Year
Monteriggioni – Siena
The cultural association of Tuscany Alae Noctis, is organizing a special fantasy-medieval New Year’s party at Casal Giubileo, in Monteriggioni, near Siena. The association, which specializes in role-play, offers an evening dinner with games, challenges of magic, tournaments of arms and lots of surprises. This year’s theme is: The Throne of Winter. The evening will revolve around the history of Medieval and Renaissance courts in the Late Middle Ages. (Info: 393.1388559)

Photo by aj-clicks


About the Author

Hi, I am Daniela and I am passionate about creative languages - especially in advertising - voyages, wine&food and. .. shoes. I was born in Canada and now I live in Sicily, where I'm a travel and new trends writer and blogger, combining with this activity a strong devotion to the world of hotel hospitality. I also translate texts and websites in English and collaborate with several wineries being specialized in copywriting about wines and territories, interpreting and guided tours.

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