On New Year’s Eve, Venice provides an atmosphere ideal for couples looking to spend a romantic evening. As one of Italy’s top tourist destinations, Venice has plenty to offer tourists wanting to welcome the New Year in a joyful and fun way. Whether you are wanting to dine out and enjoy the numerous restaurants and bars Venice has on show, to experience the lights and fireworks among a festive crowd, to get your fix of culture and entertainment, or simply party the night away, Venice is a great place to be.
Restaurants are generally open until around 2am on New Year’s Eve, bars possibly later, creating a festive and jovial atmosphere in which to wave in the new year. Reserving a table at these places well in advance is advised as they are so highly sought after.
As Venice is located within a system of canals, the various locales receive their goods by hand from boats. This logistical undertaking is one reason why prices are a little higher here.
Until a few years ago, various types of entertainment, shows and, of course, fireworks were a feature of New Year’s Eve in Venice. Most of this took place at Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square). For a few years following, the square became the setting for the famous event ‘Love’, in which those present exchange a kiss at the turn of the new year.
Now, however, the firework spectacular has been reinstalled in place of the ‘Love’ event. The best viewing spots for the fireworks are La Riva degli Schiavoni – just ten minutes’ walk east of Piazza San Marco along the canal – and L’Arsenale, just a few minutes’ walk from there. You can’t view the fireworks from Piazza San Marco.
Find La Riva degli Schiavoni and L’Arsenale here (click on the binoculars icon):
If you would like to view the fireworks from the water instead of in the middle of a crowd, consider a lagoon cruise. This is a wonderful way of making the evening even more memorable, even if it may be that tiny bit chillier! There are numerous mini-cruises available which include a full-course dinner (an aperitif, first and second course, dessert, and beverages) and a midnight toast to cap it all off. See the options here.
If you are a music lover, be sure not to miss Venice’s finest traditional New Year’s Eve concert at ‘Teatro La Fenice’. The concert is normally divided into two parts – the first an orchestra, the second an opera, which traditionally closes with the choir ‘Va’ Pensiero’ (Nabucco)’ and ‘Libiamo ne’ lieti calici’ (La Traviata) by Giuseppe Verdi.
One of the most important theatres in Italy, the storied and beloved La Fenice has remarkably been rebuilt twice, after being burnt down in 1836 and severely fire damaged in 1996. It has also gone through several restorations, the latest of which was finished in 2004. If you are an admirer of great architecture and high culture, you cannot miss it!
Another beautiful, ornate building to check out is the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro, which will this year host a concert of an acclaimed ensemble of Venice’s finest musicians on New Year’s Eve and on New Year’s Day. To add to an extra charm to it all, the musicians dress up in 18th-century clothing!
The best party in town may just be at Hotel NH Laguna Palace, a 4-star hotel which boasts 376 rooms of modern design and is situated directly on the canal waterfront. The special New Year’s Eve event will take place in this modern yet elegant atmosphere and includes a full-course dinner and a big party to follow. You can choose between three different tickets, ranging from 50€ to 189€ per person, with the option to reserve a room at the hotel.
The event is organized by ExtraNight, a well-established agency specialized in organizing New Year’s Eve parties in the main Italian cities.
The hotel is located just 5 minutes from Mestre train station and can be reached by car or bus from the town center in approximately 10 minutes. For more details on the event, you can visit the official Facebook page of ExtraNight.
Whatever you choose to do, the options are plenty. We can guarantee you will have a memorable night in one of Italy’s most unique cities!