Many students and expats will be spending the holiday season in Florence this year ( read more about what to do in Florence in the winter). Tuscany is beautiful all year round, but Christmas is a wonderful time to experience a very magical time in Florence! There are many ways for students, families and tourists to enjoy Florence at Christmas ( interested in what do italians on Christmas Eve?).
Here are some of the wonderful things the city has to offer over the next few weeks:
Christmas Markets are popping up in many piazzas in Florence. The biggest and best of them being the market in Santa Croce. Get some mulled wine and cider to keep you warm while you browse the stalls filled with hand-made ornaments and toys, and yummy food delights like warm apple strudel. A great place to get a feel for a real Tuscan Christmas market!
The Nutcracker Ballet is a Christmas tradition all over the world, and Florence is no exception. The St. Petersburg ballet company presents this timeless classic on December 21st at the beautiful Teatro Della Pergola (via Della Pergola, 12/32, Florence). The shows are at 4:45 & 8:45pm and tickets can be found online A classic activity for students, expats, and local families to enjoy.
Look up at night and enjoy one of the most beautiful parts about holiday time in Florence; lights are hung above almost every street in the centro, with different shapes and colours around every corner.
Parts of Florence are illuminated all month long until January 6th as well during the F-Light Firenze Light Festival. The city becomes a canvas for artistic and educational light images projected onto the sides of buildings, churches, bridges and walls. And don’t forget that the magnificent Christmas trees in Piazza di Repubblica and the Duomo will be ready to be unveiled on the 8th of December.
Last but not least, this is a great time to visit all the Florence museums and churches without having to battle your way through the tourists. Many remain open or have special hours -check the websites before you go.
Have a magical 2019 Christmas season here in Florence and make it one you will never forget!
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