Still not sure what to do on New Year's Eve?
The following guidelines will provide you with an overview of the many possibilities awaiting visitors during the most glittering period of the year in Bologna.
From exhibitions to theatres, from food stands to dance floors, the desire to celebrate is always guaranteed. Have fun!
WAITING FOR MIDNIGHT
Before celebrating the crazy night of New Year's Eve, choose to book an activity amidst culture, art, food and more, in the city or outside the centre.
IN THE SQUARE
Usually at the stroke of midnight people gather in Piazza Maggiore where the Vecchione (wooden old man) catches fire to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new one.
Designed by illustrator and cartoonist Igort, the Vecchione d'Artista 2023/24 is called Morvo and evokes in its shape the golden age of American cartooning from the 1930s-40s: a little bit mad hatter and a little bit magician Mandrake.
Starting at 10 p.m. on 31 December, the atmosphere in Piazza Maggiore, accessible to 8,000 people, will be warmed up in a "smashing evening" with a dj-set by the duo Nina's Drag Queens featuring great disco-music classics, revival, rock, electronica and remixes of every "gender".
A festive evening with music, lights, the traditional midnight bonfire,
special screenings at the Cinema Modernissimo
: The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be screened on New Year's Eve.
Culture never gets a holiday, and even during the festivities the city offers many exhibitions worth discovering.
AT THE SPA
What could be more pleasant than pampering yourself at the spa?
The Villaggio della Salute Più
proposes numerous offers to spend New Year's Eve in an alternative way to the usual: big dinner, buffet and pool party plus access to the spa.
IN VENUES AND CLUBS
If you want to welcome 2024 by dancing and having fun, Bologna's nightlife and its clubs organise not-to-be-missed evenings on 31 December. In the heart of the city centre, check out the programme of events in the hottest clubs.
THEATRES AND NEW YEAR'S CONCERTS
Plenty of choice on the 31st December and 1st January in Bologna theatres such as:
Discover the programming on the official sites.
DINNER AND DANCE FICO
is offering an electrifying evening to mark the end of 2024
: a big New Year's Eve party from the afternoon of 31 December
until the early hours of the morning withdance, food, entertainment and much more.
Many other involving activities will also be taking place in the city hotels with dinners and musical entertainment at: