Cities across Italy set to ring in 2016

Celebrations planned from north to south

(ANSA) - Rome, December 30 - Cities across Italy are ready to ring in 2016 with New Year's concerts and events organized in central squares from north to south. Following is a rundown of planned celebrations: Milan - In Piazza Duomo, singer-songwriter and rapper Caparezza will perform in a free concert from 11 p.m. to 12:20, with songs from his 2014 album and "Museica" live tour. The concert will be broadcast live on RAI Radio2.
    Venice - The city known for romance offers a New Year's Eve party called "Love 2016" in Piazza San Marco, with a kiss in unison at the stroke of midnight. Rapper Fedez will perform in a concert at Pala Expo Venice di Marghera.
    Turin - The theme for the 2016 New Year's party is "When the Band Passed" and will feature various musical bands and their instruments in Piazza San Carlo, with Vincio Capossella and his Banda della Posta headlining the evening. Bologna - In Piazza Maggiore, the co-founder and guitarist of British indie rock band The Libertines, Carl Barat, will play a live set from the balcony of the Palazzo del Podestà.
    Florence - For the first time in Piazza Pitti, the city's huge New Year's concert this year will feature Alessandro Mannarino, Irene Grandi and the band Street Clerks. Rome - At the Circus Maximus, Negramaro and Edoardo Bennato will play the traditional live New Year's concert, with the midnight countdown and toast by Gioia Marzocchi. Naples - In Piazza del Plebiscito, the city will host a live concert with Max Gazzè, Enzo Avitabile & Bottari, Nello Daniele, Daby Tourè, Rino Zurzolo and Tony Esposito, including a tribute to native Pino Daniele who died last January. Bari - Gigi D'Alessio will ring in the New Year in Piazza della Prefettura in a concert to be broadcast live on national radio and TV. Bari native and winner of TV talent show X Factor GioSada will also take the stage to play his winning tune "Il Rimpianto di Te", dedicated to his birth city. Matera - European Capital of Culture for 2019, and Capital of Italian New Year's 2016, this year Matera will host the traditional RAI 1 New Year's countdown show in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, where thousands of locals and tourists are expected to join in the collective toast at midnight.
    Palermo - The city will host its traditional New Year's concert in Piazza Castelnuovo with Mario Venuti, the Sicilian band Tinturia, Antonella Ruggiero, and Tony Colombo.