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  1. Randy Stucker

    You have to check out New Years in Naples, Italy. There is not, to my knowledge, any organized fireworks show. It isn’t needed. The people of Naples buy many tons of fireworks and set them off themselves, often right from the balcony of their own apartments. It is absolutely the most amazing thing I have ever seen. If you have a friend who has an apartment from which you can view most of Naples and the gulf, or if you can find a spot in the hills above Naples, that would be ideal.

    There are two things to keep in mind though if watching from in town as the Neapolitan concept of safety is not that of Americans, or most western Europeans for that matter. If you drive to the location, park well away from any apartment buildings. For one, the debris from the fireworks could damage the vehicle, but more importantly, Neapolitans take quite seriously the saying “Out with the old, in with the new,” and they practice that at midnight on New Years, as the fireworks are going off. It is not unusual to see large pieces of furniture or appliances laying in the street which have been tossed from balconies.

    I know that, perhaps especially to Anglo ears, that sounds very strange and chaotic. It is. But it is just one more aspect of the beauty that is Naples and it’s people. And, it is something you will never forget.

    • Wow! Thanks for sharing that. What a unique way to ring it in. I was in Naples over the summer and could tell immediately that the culture there was unique to other parts of Italy. Hopefully some readers find inspiration from your story!

  2. I’m not a big fan of new years eve because I feel like there’s so much pressure on this evening to be a good one! It’s always a bit disappointing to me, because you expect so much of it haha, BUT I’d love to go to New York one day for New Years Eve 🙂