It’s Christmas Season in Florence
December may be the low point of Florence’s travel season, but that doesn’t mean the city has nothing to offer. In fact, Florence is livelier than ever, especially for anyone that is a fan of Christmas. Festive decorations and lighting cover the streets, and local bakeries are cooking up traditional holiday sweets to help you keep warm during the chilly December weather.
Starting in November, holiday decorations and lights will begin to appear around major locations in the city center of Florence, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods in preparation for the holiday season. Beginning in December, light projections will be cast onto famous landmarks, lights will be strung between buildings, and festive trees and lights can be found all over the plazas. Around the second Sunday of the month, there will be a lighting of the tree ceremony in all of the major plazas, including Santa Maria Novella, Palazzo Vecchio, and Piazza Duomo. For those looking to do some holiday shopping, there are plenty of Christmas markets around town that are perfect places to find some cheer, as well as perfect gifts for the whole family. Beginning in late November, these markets are based on the classic, traditional German Christmas market. The little wooden shops sell everything from classic foods, crafts, decorations, and furniture. Starting late November, the largest of these markets is located in Piazza Santa Croce. Some of the smaller markets can be found in the various neighborhoods of Florence, and they are generally scheduled for the weekends of November through December. The city of Florence features a number of beautiful nativity scenes set up among the gorgeous historical churches of the city. One of the largest nativity scenes is the one in the Piazza Del Duomo, near the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The beautiful statues are life-sized and made out of terracotta by an artisan from one of the neighboring villages of Florence. The Cathedral of Florence also offers a Christmas Eve vigil at 11 PM, and a Christmas mass the following morning at 10:30, concurring with the Vatican.
Italian households also put a nativity scene underneath their own personal Christmas tree as well. What better way to celebrate holidays with your family than by putting up your own tree next to a traditional and historical Tuscan fireplace like ones found in Borgo Valleverde (an extensive property in a lush green valley close to Florence) and Chianti Refuge (a charming natural B&B in the heart of the Chianti). If you are looking to buy a property to produce and drink your own wine for Christmas you might like properties such as Tenuta Del Buon Vino (a charming boutique winery for sale), or Borgo Chianti Excellence (an enchanting villa that produces its own DOCG Chianti Classico wine).
Its festive charm in the holiday season shows that Florence is not only to be enjoyed in the typical Tuscan summer period. It’s traditional and historical charm mixes perfectly with the modern Christmas cheer of 2019. A city to enjoy in any season!