Christmas season in Florence
Florence and Tuscany in December is a beautiful month to be in Italy. The city of Florence is by far one of the most picturesque cities in the world with the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio tower, the charming little streets and of course stunning bridges like the Ponte Vecchio and renaissance architecture. Now imagine an already gorgeous city made into a sort of “supermodel” with holiday decorations, lighting which puts some bling into the city, larger than life Christmas trees and buzzing holiday markets? That’s Italy during Christmas time. Florence in December is where you want to be if you are visiting Italy. Okay, you should make a pit-stop break to Rome or Milan, too.
If you find yourself planning a trip to Florence in December, here are a few cultural tips to keep in mind:
What to do in Florence in December
Florence Winter Park. Located at the OBIHALL, you can slip, slide and skate on the frozen arno river as well as participate in various family friendly winter sport activities like snowtubing or snowboarding. You’ll feel like you’ve arrived in a Florentine Winter Wonderland! Staying in Florence beyond December? You’re in luck- the Winter Park is open until March.
Christmas Market at Palazzo Corsini December 6-8th The by now 11th annual Christmas market in Florence in its 11th year. This is the perfect opportunity to observe Florence Christmas Culture and pick up some traditional holiday treats that Italians enjoy during Christmas like PanForte, Panetone, wines and enjoy some beautiful Christmas lighting as well! This market is particularly notable because it is organized by a local non-profit and a portion of all proceeds go to various charities. This is a perfect activity to partake in if you are visiting Florence with family or with small children. Location: lungarno corsini 8/r Hours: 10am to 7pm
The British Institute Christmas Market December 13th check out this market for art, crafts, books and food at the Harold Acton Library in Central Florence! It will be an English speaking/friendly event so you can give your Rick Steve’s phrasebook a rest for a day:) Location: Lungarno Guicciardini 15
Interested in Music? Visit Santa Croce for a Christmas concert by a children’s choir Piccolo Coro Melograno. December 23, 6.30pm, www.piccolocoromelograno.it.
In case you miss a few events and are just interested in enjoying the local scene on a stroll, the main squares you won’t want to miss in Florence in December are Santa Croce (double win- there is also a German Christmas market every day in the main square), Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio. You’re in luck, too! Italy Segway offers guided TOURS to all of these locations- day and night! Glide through Holiday speckled Florence by day with some market pit-stops or glide by night to be dazzled by the lighting decorations and ornamented Christmas trees!
Foods to taste during Christmas time in Florence
Italy has seasonal delicacies that bring even more holiday cheer to your trip. The foods you may see and must try are (delicious) fruit and nut cakes like Pan Forte, roasted chestnuts from street vendors, cenci (fried ribbons of dough and topped in powdered sugar), mulled wine, special holiday cookies, breads, soups, game meats, fish dishes and more. Italy Segway also offers food tours in Florence where you can taste some holiday treats, visit local shops that are brimming with holiday goods as well as discover traditional Italian food and wine enjoyed by Florentines year-round!
Last note but not the least- if you will be in Florence from December 8th and on, don’t miss Florence’s largest Christmas tree in Piazza Duomo! Various festivities will take place until Christmas so don’t forget to make a stop to admire the Duomo’s Christmas tree in all its glory (and glam).
Happy Holidays from the team of Italy Segway Tours! We wish you the (merry) best 🙂