New Year's Celebrations and Events in Italy
Italians love festivals and the ending of the old year and beginning of the new year, il capodanno, is a great time to celebrate in Italy.
New Year's Eve in Italy - La Festa di San Silvestro
La Festa di San Silvestro is celebrated December 31 on New Year's Eve. As with most Italian festivals, food plays a major role. Families and friends get together for a huge feast.
The star of the dinner is lentils, symbolizing money and good fortune for the coming year. Traditionally, the dinner in many parts of Italy also includes a cotechino, a large spiced sausage, or a zampone, stuffed pig's trotter. The pork symbolizes the richness of life in the coming year.