Milan remains a very popular choice of holiday destination throughout the holiday period, and the New Years Eve party (known locally as La Festa del San Silvestro) draws high volumes of visitors both from the surrounding areas and across the country and indeed the world. The range of bars and restaurants and associated culinary offers are legendary, but add in the prospect of dramatic fireworks displays against some of the most dramatic architectural backdrops imaginable and you have a recipe for a great event.
I visited Milan myself several years ago (it was another one of my Champion's League adventures with Newcastle - really glad now I made the most of them when I had the chance!) and was really impressed with the city, especially the open spaces and arcades around the Duomo - I think that's probably where I would be headed if I was on town for new years.
The Italian people love a great fireworks display, but unfortunately in previous years this has led to a high level on injuries, meaning that the police have started to make a real effort to clamp down on any potential problems. This has obviously had a big impact on the amount of fireworks across the Milanese cityscape, and even the main event has been impacted, with the local council invoking anti-air pollution laws to keep the amount of fireworks down.
The moral of the story? If you want to be absolutely certain of seeing some pyrotechnics come midnight to welcome in 2015 then make sure you are attending an officially organised and advertised event. In Milan, this means heading to the area around the PIazza del Duomo or the Piazza Castello where you will be joined by large crowds of locals in a street party that continues well into the early hours of New Years Day, or Il Capodanno.
Away from the city's main attractions, many people choose to take to the water, and the various cruise companies mooring their vessels on the River Po or the Naviglio Grande canal hold many special onboard events, incorporating fine dining and plentiful champagne (or Prosecco - this is Italy!) with panoramic fireworks and city views.
For the livelier, younger crowd the bars and nightclubs of Milan all join in the festivities with gusto, and there is a huge variety of events to choose from, but make sure you book your tickets well in advance as the most popular venues will sell out. Places to look out for include Hollywood, Alcatraz, Maganizzi Generali, Shu, Nobu Armani and Discoteca Lime Light.
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There is an enormous range of Milanese accommodation to choose from for your holiday visit to the city. For hotels, bed and breakfast, apartments and guest houses in Milan for New Years Eve, visit local hotels here.
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