Naples, known locally of course as Napoli, is most definitely a
great place to spend New Years Eve! This vibrant Italian city is
bustling and packed with things to see and do and in December it's a
real festive period where you can enjoy some traditional Christmas
experiences, including the culinary delight that is babà, (a
delicious grown up sweet treat!) . There is a wonderful street
that's dedicated to Nativity scenes and the artists who make them,
so head to Via San Gregorio Armeno and peruse the shops and buy some
authentic Italian handicrafts.
Naples is a haven for the shopaholic too, from designer brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton to more wallet friendly stores on Via Toledo. But one thing's for sure, do not miss the Umberto I Gallery, not necessarily for the shops, but the beautiful roof (I may or may not have taken about 50 photos of it!) and its stunning architecture.
If you're spending a little while in Naples, you may like the idea of some day trips, places like Pompeii and Vesuvius are an easy train ride away or perhaps a day trip to the island of Capri, there are many options which will suit everyone.
If you are a theatre lover and would like to have a night out then perhaps an evening at the opera would be more your style, the beautiful Teatro di San Carlo has events throughout December.
Naples lights up for New Years Eve, there will be fireworks
aplenty illuminating the skies and merriment all round.
One of the main fireworks displays is usually from Castel dell'Ovo and lots of people tend to head towards the pedestrianised Lungomare for some wonderful views of the pyrotechnics and to join in the festivities
Another hotspot for New Years Eve is Piazza del Plebiscito where you can enjoy the free concert, live bands from Rock to Classical, it's a fantastic party atmosphere and a great way to welcome the new year.
Keep an eye on the restaurants and bars for special New Years Celebrations and get your tickets/reservations in advance.
Naples offers a wonderful
array of restaurants for diners to choose from, New Years Eve will
undoubtedly be busy so book your table as soon as you can:
Zero Zero Grano
Da Donato dal 1956 Antica Trattoria e Pizzeria
Live webcam over the port and over towards Vesuvius
Live webcam from Piazza dei Martiri
It's a busy time in Naples come New Year and there are many
beautiful hotels to choose from, just make sure to book your
favourite in advance:
La Ciliegina Lifestyle Hotel
Hotel Piazza Bellini
Fly Boutique Hotel
Hotel Palazzo Alabardieri
Grand Hotel Vesuvio
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.