New Year’s Eve falls near the end of a month of holidays in Milan, but that doesn’t mean the locals are tired of the festivities. The Milanese love New Year’s Eve – they love going to night clubs even when they’re not ringing in a new year. There are plenty of options for how to spend New Year’s Eve, and thankfully for visitors those activities are varied enough that there’s something for every taste – and budget.
Many restaurants in Milan will have special menus on New Year’s Eve, for which reservations are required (and difficult to come by, so book well in advance). Other restaurants may be closed entirely for the holidays, so be sure to check around to make sure you’ll have a spot for dinner that night. You can ask the concierge at your hotel for suggestions if you’re not sure what’s open. Note that it’s typical in Milan to eat lentils on New Year’s Day, as they’re supposed to represent coins – and therefore wealth in the new year.
Milan is a fashionable city year-round, so it makes sense that the city’s most fashionable night clubs are the places to see and be seen on New Year’s Eve. There’s a huge range of night clubs in Milan, of course – you can pay a hefty cover charge to rub elbows with the city’s elite or find a more budget-friendly disco. Either way, dancing in the New Year is one of the most popular ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Milan.
For a more high-brow cultural experience, check the schedule at Milan’s famous La Scala opera house. There’s often a special performance on New Year’s Eve. And to party with the masses, head for the Piazza del Duomo, which turns into an outdoor dance floor with music performances, followed by a big fireworks display. What better way to see the Duomo, one of Milan’s top attractions, than when it’s lit up by fireworks? There’s another outdoor party that concludes with fireworks at the Castello Sforzesco.