Lentils for good luck; and throw out the old.
In Italy New Year’s Eve is another festival where food plays a major role. Lentils, lenticchie, symbolizing money and good fortune for the coming year, represent good luck, perhaps because they look like little coins, or because they are so abundant. They are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day. A rich lentil soup may help to usher in a prosperous and healthy New Year while it warms your body and spirit.
The day’s dinner may also include cotechino, a large spiced sausage. The pork symbolizes the richness of life in the coming year.
An old custom that I think is interesting is to throw old things out the window to symbolize the readiness to accept the New Year (Do you remember the scene in the great movie, Nuovo Cinema Paradiso?). So, keep an eye out for falling objects if you’re walking around near midnight!