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Christmas in Florence: all you need to know

Posted by GLflorence on December 3, 2019

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Are you planning to spend your Christmas holidays in Florence? First of all, good choice! Secondly, do you have a clue of what you can do to experience Christmas in the best way? Here’s a small guide to help you through all those decorations and lights!

  1. That huge tree in Piazza del Duomo

Would you like to see something local? Come to Piazza del Duomo on the 8th of December! The most famous Christmas tree of Florence will be lighted up: it’s a popular event and it will be full of locals who celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. 

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  1. Lights Festival in the city centre 

This is a great way to celebrate Christmas too! Florence loves lights, even more if pointed to the Ponte Vecchio and the other most important buildings of the city. It’s called “F-light” and it’s organized by Silfi. The starting date is the same: 8th of December. Rampe del Loggi and every Florence tower will be full of colours and light effects. 

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  1. Santa Claus Run, so you can eat more Panettone afterwards 

Italian Christmas are well-known for the amazing food which we are used to eat. If you’re afraid of putting on too much weight, though, Florence has the solution for you! It doesn’t matter whether you’re an athlete or not, anyone can join the Babbo Running, one of the biggest runs dedicated to Christmas. There’s just one rule: you can’t take part to the event unless you’re dressed up like Santa. It’ll take place on the 15th of December 2019 starting from Santissima Annunziata Square, don’t miss it!

 
 
 
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  1. Via Tornabuoni to take the best pics

The fashion street has already began with its Christmas celebrations! If you take a stroll along Via Tornabuoni, you’ll find a big red bauble in the center of Santa Trinità Square. It’s better to go at night, when all the decorations are lighted up and get even more beautiful. There’s also a big gift package next to the church dedicated to the Saints Michele and Gaetano.

 
 
 
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  1. Santa Croce Christmas markets

Christmas markets are typical from the Northern part of Europe: hot soups, brezel, bratwurst and much more arrived to Florence too, though! Piazza Santa Croce is where the event takes place: you can eat some great food, drink mulled wine - we call it vin brulé - and buy some Christmas souvenirs to bring a nice memory at home!

Would you like to experience a unique Christmas in Italy? Have a look at our website, we offer a wide range of tours all around Italy to give you the opportunity to live an authentic local Christmas!

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