Genoa dresses up with artistic lights to welcome the New Year!
The “Spirit of Genoa – Give the floor to the city” is the title of the main event scheduled in Genoa for New Year’s Eve.
At 10 pm Piazza de Ferrari, the main square of the city, will light up under the direction of the Master of Lights, Marco Nereo Rotelli.
The verses of the most important Genoese poets such as Edoardo Sanguineti, Eugenio Montale, Giorgio Caproni will beam the ancient palaces and the cobblestones; a suggestive light show synchronized to music, mashed up by the DJ producer Alessio Bertallot and singed by the young guitarist/tenor Federico Paciotti.
At 10.30 pm the palaces overlooking the square will turn into an extraordinary open air stage, where the “dance of the lights” will be accompanied by rythms, Genoese songs, voices of the different cultural protagonists and sounds of the city.
Fishes and hippogriffs, images of the cinematographic history and of the words and verses dedicated to Genoa will light up the palaces; at the stroke of midnight a dance Dj set will fire up the square until early hours of the morning.
The event is free. It is organized by the Municipality of Genoa and Liguria Regional Board.
Thanks to: MSC Cruises – main sponsor of the event; Intesa Sanpaolo - sponsor
OTHER EVENTS IN THE CITY
New Year’s Eve celebrations will take place also in many other venues and locations of the city:
(the updated programme is available on the website at the following link: http://www.visitgenoa.it/en/evento/new-years-eve-2019-genoa)
From 9.30 pm to 1am – New Year’s Eve in the Palazzi dei Rolli.
The Musei di Strada Nuova, in via Garibaldi, will be open on New Year’s Eve, a very special occasion to admire the extraordinary collections of Italian and Flemish art, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Veronese, Caravaggio, Guido Reni and the main artists of the Genoese school, displayed in sumptuous rooms with frescoes and original furnishings.
There will be two different packages:
- Total Package: aperitif, guided tour and midnight toast.
- Medium Package: guided tour and midnight toast.
Guided tours are at: 20.45 (for who buys total package aperitif is at 19.45), 21.30 (aperitif 20.45 ), 22.15 (aperitif 21.30 ), 22.45 (aperitif 22), 23.15 (aperitif 22.45), 00.30 (no aperitif).
Every guided tour takes an hour.
If there are places, on the 31st of December it's possible to buy the guided tour at Palazzo Rosso starting at 7pm.
It will possibile to visit Palazzo Tobia Pallavicino (Camera di Commercio) from 9pm to 2am, and the Hall and colonnade of Palazzo della Meridiana from 9pm to 1am. Free entrance.
At 9:30pm in the yard of the palace and in the presence chamber there will be a musical performance with three different groups. Players are Apalis Duo, Alter Echo String Quartet and Genos Saxophone Quartet. After the midnight toast, concert will go on until 2am.
PIAZZA DELLE ERBE
At 6 pm enjoy an aperitivo accompanied by swing and jazz music; at 10.30 pm the Radio Gaga band will perform a concert full of energy, singing some of the most famous Queen songs.
The event is organized by Civ Genovino.
Special occasion to admire the exhibitions: Palazzo Ducale will be open from 2:30pm until 2am.
It'll be possibile to visite Paganini Rockstar and to do the toast, or to visit Da Monet a Bacon then Paganini Rockstar and to finish the night with the midnight toast, that will be prepared by Mentelocale.
At Porto Antico the magic of the circus will come back as tradition with Circumnavigando Festival. A funny show for adults and children performed by the Circo Zoé Company (from 9.30 pm to 1.30 am – piazzale Mandraccio).
Visitors could spend the last night of 2018 enjoying the breathtaking view of the city from the Panoramic Wheel, having fun on the Ice skating ring (from 10pm to 5am), taking part in the special events organized by the City of Children and Kids (from 9 pm to 1am), or attending acrobatic and juggler performances of the Circobus, with its creative workshops and the funny show of Prof. Pietrosky.
AQUARIUM OF GENOA
At the Aquarium of Genoa visitors could celebrate New Year’s Eve, surrounded by the magic of the sea bottom.
The celebrations will start at 8 pm with a free visit to the Aquarium, discovering the night life of the tanks inhabitants.
There will be a welcome cocktail at Cetacean Pavillion and then a Gala Dinner and Midnight toast will take place in four different halls, with its different settings: “Dolphins’ Coast”, “Shark Bay”, “Mermaids Lagoons” and “Morays cavern”.
For infos and booking: C-Way ph. +39 010 2345666; email email@example.com.
On December 31 the Aquarium will close at 2 pm (last entrance at 12 am).
The theatres of the city will propose a wide selection of shows: the Teatro Nazionale – Duse Theatre will put on stage Poker by Patrick Marber and at Corte Theatre Colpi di Timone by Vincenzo La Rosa and Gilberto Govi; at the Teatro della Tosse La Prima Luna, by Emanuele Conte,; at Teatro Politeama Genovese, Capodanno con Maurizio Lastrico; at Teatro Govi Zelig vs Colorado, with Daniele Raco and Gianpiero Perone; at Teatro Verdi Mary Poppins - Film.
LIGHTHOUSE OF GENOA
The Lighthouse will be one of the protagonists of the Genoese New Year’s Eve: on December 31 at midnight, to celebrate the closing of its 890th birthday, the Lighthouse will donate to its city a suggestive play of lights, that will be visible from the Porto antico area and from all around the city (or on the lighthouse webcam and website www.lanternadigenova.it)
PALAZZO DELLA MERIDIANA - CANCELED EVENT
The New Year's Eve dinner at Palazzo della Meridiana has been canceled and the atrium and the colonnade will not be open to visitors.
VILLA DURAZZO PALLAVICINI
Villa Durazzo Pallavicini, the historic park in Pegli, organizes a suggestive Esoteric New Year’s Eve, with guided tour, dinner in the castle and celebrations in Marquis’ grottos to welcome the New Year.
The event is subject to charge. Reservation should be made within December 10 by contacting the following number: +39 010 8531544.
New Year’s Eve at the Funfair
Spend the last night of the year in the biggest itinerant funfair in Europe and enjoy your midnight toast in the magic atmosphere of its 180 attractions.
To the Cinema Sivori in Salita S. Caterina there will be midnight toast after the late movie.
Movie Shows will be: "Il testimone invisibile" 10pm; Old man and the gun, 9:45pm; Santiago, Italia 10pm.
Info and reservation: tel. 010 5532054
PROVISIONS ON SECURITY AND TRAFFIC
For New Year's Eve Day public transport will be intesified: until 3am there will be special bus from Via Ceccardi to Nervi and Prato and from via Gramsci/Darsena to Voltri. There will be also special bus from Brin to Valpolcevera. Subway and elevator "Castelletto Levante" will be open until 3am.
The municipal administration has planned specific provisions about security and traffic in streets and places where there'll be related events. Here is possibile to see the complete guide, in Italian language.