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Milan Toast Like a Milanese

New Year’s Eve is celebrated at the table in Milan, with the traditional gala dinner based on cotechino sausage and lentils, accompanied by some bubbly. And then music... all night long.

Bringing in the new year in Italy usually involves two parts: dining with friends and then going out to have fun. If Christmas is spent with family, then New Year’s Eve is an opportunity to hang out with friends. Beginning with the traditional gala dinner – at home or at a restaurant – and followed by dancing, at a concert in the piazza or at one of the nightclubs. Waiting for dawn is a tradition.

The New Year’s Eve dinner

The New Year’s Eve dinner normally includes many courses and indulging in a little luxury. Smoked salmon, caviar, lobster … at home or at the restaurant, be ready to splurge. And you do so with many friends and then wait for midnight to toast. Champagne? Of course, but Italy also has Franciacorta, the classic method sparkling wine produced in Lombardy.

Cotechino sausage and lentils

At midnight, apart from toasting the New Year, tradition says you must eat again. Cotechino and lentils are a culinary must and a rite to ensure luck and money throughout the year.

Music and fireworks.

In Piazza Duomo, on the evening of December 31, the city of Milan organizes a free concert featuring a big stage. Crowded and fun, it’s an event much loved by Millennials. Others book a table at a renowned club, like Hollywood, Byblos, Just Cavalli or Le Banque – to spend one of the most amazing nights of the year partying.

At midnight, all the Milanese can admire the fireworks from the park at Castello Sforzesco.

The toast

About an hour away from Milan and stretching across 250 sq. km in the province of Brescia are the Franciacorta vineyards. Around 100 wineries produce Franciacorta DOCG, with Chardonnay and Pinot Nero grapes according to the classic method.