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Capodanno a Catania

 Also in Sicily like as in most parts of the world, the new year's eve is among the favourite celebrations. There are no special traditions or famous events in Sicily but every town organizes free public parties in the main squares and town centers with music, fireworks and dance, often until the rising of the sun. Sicilian people love fireworks and on the days before December 31st it's easy to see stands on the streets which sell every type of fireworks. Be carefull because often these fireworks are prohibited by law and some municipalities have prohibited it at all. Anyway at midnight in every Sicilian town there are a lot of "botti", the explosions and lights of the fireworks. Many Sicilians celebrate midnight with their relatives ands then reach the main squares after midnight, dancing and walking around until sunrise and closing the night with a good breakfast at the bar with warm "cornetti" Many bars are open also on December 31 night and January 1 morning.Teatro Massimo di Palermo Beside the public parties in the squares there are also many private events and dinners organized by hotels, restaurants and "agriturismi". There is always a hearty dinner and often live music. The prices for the new year's eve are high and it's necessary to book several days in advance a table.

In Catania and other town on the sea, it's also tradition to have a swim in the morning of January 1st. Temperatures are not high but the Sicilian winter is warm enough for this little madness. In the theaters of the main towns like Palermo and Catania, there are also new year's concerts with classical music. Also for this events it's important to book in advance the tickets.


New year's eve 2019 in the main Sicilian towns

Below you can find the new year's events in the main Sicilian towns.


The new year's show in Palermo will be in piazza Politeama, starting at 9:30 pm. There will be a free concert by Goran Bregovic, organized by the Italian showman Red Ronnie. The concert will last about 2 hours. After the main concert the music event will continue with Sicilian singers and dj set.


New year's eve in CataniaIn Catania a free public show will be organized between the central piazza Università and piazza Duomo. The main concert will be by the Italian singer Noemi with the participation of famous showmen of the Italian television. After midnight there will be disco music with radio studio centrale. Special lines of FCE and busses of AMT will be active during the night.


New year's concerts 2018 in Sicily


On January 1st at 6.30 pm there will be the new year's concert at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. The concert will be directed by Valentin Uryupin. Pieces of Johann Strauss, Tchaikovsky,Glinca and much more are programmed. It's possible to have a look at the complete program on the website of the Teatro Massimo. It's also possible to buy the tickets online. The prices vary from 20 to 50 €. The earnings will be devolved for charity.

A second concert will be at the Politeama theater, also at 6.30 pm. It will be directed by Gabor Takacs-Nagy with music of the Belle Epoque. This concert is booked out but there will be a live screen at Piazza Ruggero Settimo


In Catania the new year's concert at the "Bellini" theater will start at 7.00 pm. The event is directed by Gianluigi Gelmetti and there will be pieces of Strauss, Bizet, Verdi, Puccini. Mascagni. The complete program is published on the website of the Bellini theater.


In Syracuse there will be a new year's concert at 5.30 pm at the town theater in Ortygia, the old town center. The building has opened again after long restoration works. Information about the program and tickets will be available at the Artemision in cathedral square.




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