According to the tradition, New Year’s Eve is a moment in which people used to meet with friends or with  own family, to welcome the arrival of the new year. In addition to the traditional destination of mountains, many are those who uncorck the midnight Spumante bottle in the squares of the cities of art.

If you are among those who, to do the countdown, have planned to achieve a Tuscan city, here is a tip for you.

banchi di sopra con luci

Among the most interesting cities where to spend New Year’s Eve, Siena is surely one of those. Known for the historic horse race, the Palio – an event that takes place in summer – the town, a UNESCO heritage site since 1995, is also able to offer an amazing spectacle to its visitors in the winter months; it’s just during this period when you can admire the Christmas decorations in the streets of the historic center: from Via di Città, passing through Via Banchi di Sopra, until you arrive in Piazza del Campo, the city is a triumph of colors and perfumes.


Between the medieval alleys, will be not only the eyes to be rewarded, but the palate too: it’s simply approaching to one of the grocery stores, located into the old town, to stay attracted by the smells coming from the interior, where the sienese buy the specialities to carry them on the families and friends’ tables.

In Siena The pastels play the lord and masters; even though they can be found in the arc of the year, in this period the sweets are literally sold like hot cakes.


Among several, the Panforte is absolutely the most famous sweet. Produced in the classic version – said Panpepato – or in other sweeter versions, such as the Margherita, it is served at the end of lunch; it is usually matched with the Ricciarelli, tasty biscuits made with almond paste; finally, there are the cantucci that, but before to eat them, they have to be embedded in a liqueur-like wine, called Vin Santo.

In addition to the grocery stores, you can also find the sweets in one of restaurants or taverns, where they can be ordered as a dessert.

But if you want to know one of the small restaurants in Siena, do not expect to find enormous spaces: to sienese people likes to do things with love and without exaggeration.

That is why the taverns environment is a small and an intimate space. The chefs and cooks who prepare the foods love to take care of their guests, who are viewed as family members.

Then, do not lose the opportunity to discover the town for the next New year’s eve, also because you are going to get the time to participate in the many events planned for 31th of December and for the first of January  (you can find all the information on the or by clicking here).

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