The original capital of Italy, Turin hosts a great beauty with its elegant archways and its beautiful baroque architecture. A romantic, Christmas atmosphere still hangs over Turin between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, so it is a great place to close out the year!
There are many light displays and installations to be enjoyed in Turin on December 31, and they change location every year. Perhaps the most famous of these shows is “Luci d’Artista“, where the light decorations are made by national and international artists and are spread all across town, both in the historic center and in the outskirts. Keep your eyes peeled and be sure not to miss them!
You can also book a bus tour to see them all. For more information and tickets visit Viator’s website.
The main event in Turin on New Year’s Eve takes place at Piazza Castello, one of the main squares of the historic center. Here, a concert with renowned Italian artists is organized every year.
If you are still in the Christmas spirit, you can find a giant Christmas tree in Piazza San Carlo.
Christmas Tree in Piazza San Carlo
In general, the historic center is a great place to be, filled with life thanks to the bars, restaurants, and clubs which stay open until late at night.
If you want to escape the fresh temperatures, we would recommend Roberto Bolle’s yearly show called ‘Roberto Bolle and Friends’. Roberto Bolle is a world-famous dancer and his highly acclaimed show is held at Teatro Regio, one of the most important theatres in Italy.
There is a generous selection of parties if you are looking to bring in the new year in a lively, festive atmosphere. Our top selections are the New Year’s Eve Parties hosted by ExtraNight, a renowned event organizer that operates in main Italian cities and specializes in New Year’s Eve events. To find out more details on these events, visit the official Facebook page of the party organizers.
These parties take place outside the city center, so you’ll need a car to get there. They comprise a full-course dinner (aperitif, first and second mains, dessert, and of course, beverages) and a massive party afterwards. Reserving a ticket well in advance to these parties is advised, as tickets can sometimes be sold out by mid-December. You may want to stay at the hotel that night to make things easier!
If you’re staying in town a little longer, check out our top picks of things to do in town!
- Mole Antonelliana, a famous museum of cinema housed in one of Turin’s most breathtaking buildings (you can also go to the top of the dome to get a panoramic view of Turin and the Alps)
- A walk in the beautiful Valentino Park, by the Po River. Inside the park, you can even find a cool reconstruction of a medieval village with houses, workshops, and gardens.
- A walking tour of Magic Turin. Many people don’t know that Turin is associated with magic and the occult. This tour lets you discover the spooky side of town…that you don’t want to miss!
- The Egyptian Museum (the largest in the world after the one in Alexandria, Egypt!). If you don’t feel like waiting in line you can purchase a skip-the-line ticket on Viator.
For lovers of good food and wine – you can easily reach Langhe and Monferrato, two of the most famous wine regions in Italy, where famous wines such as “Asti Spumante”, “Barolo” and “Barbera” are produced.