New Year is seen in with a bang in Italy – with lots of bangs caused by thousands of fireworks actually, and, sadly, with lots of accidents, injuries and even some loss of life.
This year, the number of incidents should fall as a number of major Italian cities and local councils ban traditional end of year fireworks.
Not all cities have imposed a total ban, and Naples, which is noted for its New Year fireworks mayhem, has decided not to implement a ban (it would have caused riots and would have been ignored anyway). Instead, Naples has launched an end of the year fireworks safety awareness campaign.
The lists below are not exhaustive – so check to find out whether fireworks are allowed or have been banned in your area of Italy.
The cities and towns in Italy which have implemented total or partial fireworks bans so far are:
- Turin– no fireworks in the historic centre.
- Modena – no fireworks in the historic centre.
- Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Grosseto – no fireworks in the historic centre.
- Vicenza – no fireworks in the historic centre.
- Bari – fireworks banned on New Year’s day and on the run up to the New Year.
- Cosenza: ban starts at 8pm on December 31
- La Spezia.
- Lecco: Fireworks displays banned too
These local councils are operating bans too: Boissano, Faenza, Castelletto Ticino, Dormelletto, Borgo Ticino, San Severo, San Giorgio su Legnano.
Fireworks have not been banned in the following Italian cities:
- Naples – a ban in this Italian city which is fanatical about end of the year fireworks would be nigh on impossible.
If in doubt, don’t set off fireworks. If you do, be very careful.
Source, in part: Capodanno Offerte
Fireworks photo by 久留米市民(Kurume-Shimin)