I have heard of many New Years traditions such as eating black-eyed-peas and kissing at midnight but, of course, the Italians take their traditions to crazy extreems. In Rome every year on New Year's Day a handful of men, dressed only in a speedo, jump off a bridge into the freezing cold waters of the Tevere River. It's called "Il tradizionale tuffo nel Tevere", the traditional jump in the Tevere. As for most Italian traditions it is to bring good luck to the jumper and the city for the coming year. The people on the news called it the "pazzo evento", the crazy event. I agree but it's fun to watch...see video below.