New Year's eve in the Tuscan Maremma

I’m still trying to digest Christmas dinner, but I had to turn my sights to the next big event coming our way – New Year’s Eve.

Most Italians ring in the new year with their closest friends and a meal of stinco di maiale (pig’s trotters) and  lenticchie (lentils). The latter is meant to bring fortune and good luck. The more lentils you eat, the more money you will have in 2014.

After dinner, the youngin’ will go to a club or bar, while the older generations watch an old film on television or duke it out with a game of briscola. 

If that doesn’t sound like your idea of a New Year’s celebration, I’ve scoured the province for the best events to celebrate the last day of 2013, and here they are…

La Fiaccolata

Santa Fiora‘s oldest festival celebrates the new year with huge pyres and and torches set up in the streets and piazzas that are left burning throughout the night. Hundreds of people liven up the streets, stopping to chat, eat and drink.

Tradizionale Accensione della pira

More bonfires and carols in Sorano. At 7pm, you can catch a dinner of grilled treats, while at 10:30pm there’ll be fireworks.

Natale a Capalbio

An evening of live music, fireworks and surprises in Capalbio.

Le Feste di Natale Insieme

Dinner and fireworks in Porto Ercole from 10pm with a concert by Giorgio Franceschi.

Capodanno in Piazza

A fantastic Spanish themed celebration by the sea with DJ sets and vocalists from 9:30pm followed by fireworks in Castiglione della Pescaia. 

Capodanno in Massa Marittima

Beautiful Massa Marittima parties with its own DJs and live music from 11:30pm and well into the new year

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