Toast 2020 in Naples: what to see and where to go to celebrate New Year's Eve

For visitors of all ages, the most wonderfully festive start to 2020.

1 Dec 2019

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There are plenty of New Year's Eve events in Naples, alongside the historic attractions of this UNESCO World Heritage city centre. Exploring the winding streets of the Old Town, the Royal Palace, the renowned opera house, and the splendid castles and museums of Naples is also a real joy during the quieter New Year and winter periods where you can avoid the usual crowds of summer. 

This Gruppo UNA guide highlights some of the main Naples attractions that are essential visits for any holidaymaker visiting the city, and we will then discuss the top New Year events in Naples. You can also find out more about visiting Naples in our magazine or browse our website to discover all the reasons to book into our centrally located, four star-rated, UNAHOTELS Napoli for the duration of any stay in the city. 


Main Naples attractions for New Year's Eve.

The history of Naples stretches back 2,800 years and has left a wealth of culturally significant sites in the city and close by, including Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Palace of Caserta. 

If you've always wanted to visit these outstanding heritage sites, visiting the region over the New Year is one way to avoid the excess heat and visitor numbers found during summer months. And, the wealth of New Year's Eve events in Naples means you'll also experience the most wonderful start to the year of 2020.  

Naples attractions.

It's impossible to list all the beauties of Naples, as the city is home to important architecture that dates back to the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. The ancient city centre is a listed World Heritage Site and it's possible to see remains of Greek structures and ancient ruins and monuments around the Port area. Some of the most notable structures include:

  • the Royal Palace which dates back to the year 1600;
  • the Piazza del Plebiscito; 
  • the oldest Italian opera house in existence, Teatro di San Carlo;
  • Castel dell'Ovo or the Egg Castle and its historic Roman remains;
  • Castel Nuovo.

Naples is also home to a variety of world-class museums as well as the magnificent Cathedral Church, along with hundreds of other churches dating back over the centuries. Visitors should also take time to explore the caverns and catacombs of underground Naples to appreciate the city even more. 

Fireworks in Naples

Celebrating New Year's Eve 2020 in Naples.

No New Year's celebrations in Naples are complete without viewing the New Year's Eve fireworks displays around the seafront that overlooks Castel dell' Ovo. The most memorable Naples New Year begins in the early evening when visitors can enjoy the free music concert in the Piazza del Plebiscito. The concert finishes before midnight, allowing visitors to take the short stroll to the seafront and view the fireworks display. More live music is available along the seafront, offering visitors a wide selection of their favourite genres.

Lots of local restaurants offer huge New Year's feasts in the build-up to the big event, but you will need to reserve a table for your gala meals. Naples is not just home to the most delicious pizzas in the world, but fish dishes are extremely popular delicacies and local pastry makers also create memorable desserts. 

Visitors looking for a quieter, more private viewpoint of the fireworks and celebrations will discover plenty of hillside locations to drink in the spectacular ocean landscape lit up by the colourful fireworks.