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Christmas markets in Tuscany

Christmas markets in Tuscany

Christmas markets in Tuscany

There are many beautiful Christmas markets in Tuscany: from the most renowned events such as Florence, Montepulciano and Arezzo, to those rich in charm such as Siena and Forte dei Marmi.
Discover all the Christmas markets in Tuscany by Tuscan Feeling’s Blog!

Christmas markets in Tuscany

Christmas markets in Tuscany

1) Montepulciano from November 19, 2017 to January 8 2018 – A unique experience for young and old, a new and fun way to spend the days of Advent and Christmas holidays in a beautiful setting in one of the most beautiful places in the world, in harmony and relax. Inside the village you will be waiting for a great market with seventy wooden houses, where you can find lots of gift ideas for yourself and for your loved ones, then dive into the exciting visit of the Santa Claus Castle, full of surprises and attractions, not only for the youngest!

Christmas markets in Tuscany

Christmas markets in Tuscany

2) Christmas market in Arezzo. From Saturday, November 18th to Tuesday 26th of December. A Tyrolean village in the Grand Square! Back after the extraordinary success of the first two editions, the Tyrolean Village of Arezzo, the first and only market with the large Tyrolean hut in Italy. , Arezzo and Tuscany host the large wooden houses in Piazza Grande. Thirty-two operators from the most important Italian and foreign Christmas markets: typical Tyrolean products (Trento, Merano and Bolzano), but also foreign traders from Europe’s Christmas markets (Salzburg and Frankfurt in the first place).

Xmas in Florence

Xmas in Florence

3) Christmas in Florence, from the end of November to the beginning of January. A wooden chalet in Piazza Santa Croce under the ancient basilica is the best way to celebrate Florentine birth. A typical Christmas village is set up in the square, enriched with decorations and lighting sparkling on the stalls of about fifty exhibitors. An interesting journey between Christmas cribs and Christmas decorations, gift ideas and gourmet temptations, for a journey into taste and traditions all round. A great atmosphere is also “Florence Noël”, a Christmas market display dedicated to gifts with a wide range of items to buy. The children are dedicated to the Santa Claus House, with a letter post office.

Tuscan Feeling recommends one of its many apartments in the historic center or the hills of Florence:

Apt. CASA ORNELLA – 140 m2 – 1 e 2 floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

Casa Ornella Apartment

Casa Ornella Apartment

Apt. LOUISE – 110 m2 – 1+ 2 piano floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

Apartment Louise

Apartment Louise

Apt. CANNETO – 25 m2 – 1st floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Apartment Canneto

Apartment Canneto

Apt. IL CORNO – 85 m2 – 3nd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Roger Apartment

Roger Apartment

Apt. ALOHA – 155 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 5 persons

Aloha Apartment

Aloha Apartment

Salva

Salva

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Florence is one of the most important cities of art in Italy and is considered one of the most beautiful place in the world for its many monuments and museums. It is the destination of crowds of tourists every season.

Not only, Florence is the place where many expats and international businessmen and students lives.

Probably, you already don’t know the city, but you are about to move here and it could become the place of your dreams.

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Living in Florence. Yes, but where?

Living in Florence. Yes, but where?

Any expat or student want to live in the old town.If you are thinking that the ideal solution is to live there, you have to keep in mind the pros and cons of choosing:

Here you can live immersed in the cradle of the Renaissance, will be inspired by the greatest artists and you will always be close to monuments and valuable artwork of invaluable value. Which best source of inspiration?

You can not choose the street around Santa Croce Square, which develops in front of the Basilica and under the look of Dante, and get your inspiration from the alleys full of shops and leather goods. Pay attention, this is the perfect place or tourism or spending some months as students, but it could be boring for an expat or a businessman every day having to deal with so many tourists.

A good place – in the historical center – is made up of the streets near Piazza San Marco. It is centrally located, within walking distance of all major museums, close to the station and the beautiful San Lorenzo Market, where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables every day.

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Lonely Planet has chosen the Borgo San Frediano district among the most interesting and authentic places in the world. True, along with the nearby neighborhood of Oltrarno, it is a place where you still breathe the atmosphere of the past, but you can rely on interesting and modern alternatives. Here, in fact, there are undeground bottles, great restaurants, bookstores, pubs and events. It is the Florentine gouche shore and in the neighborhood lives an international community. The Florentines – the real ones – live in other parts of the city.

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

The Florentines – for over 40 years – have gradually moved away from the center, in ancient, quiet and well-connected neighborhoods: Gavinana, Campo Marte, Cure, San Jacopino, Coverciano, Piazza Alberti, Bellariva, and Varlungo and Isolotto. Although many expat have moved to these neighborhoods, blending with Florentines, life has a different pace and tourists are a limited number. You have the opportunity to spend in open markets and in many supermarkets, there are shops of all kinds, buses and tramways, schools, banks and more. These are not newly-built neighborhoods, generally dating back to the period between the 18th and 19th centuries. So you can find art nouveau, liberty and deco architectures.

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Tuscan Feeling recommends one of its many apartments in the historic center or the hills of Florence:

Apt. CASA ORNELLA – 140 m2 – 1 e 2 floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

Casa Ornella Apartment

Casa Ornella Apartment

Apt. LOUISE – 110 m2 – 1+ 2 piano floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

Apartment Louise

Apartment Louise

Apt. CANNETO – 25 m2 – 1st floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Apartment Canneto

Apartment Canneto

Apt. IL CORNO – 85 m2 – 3nd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Roger Apartment

Roger Apartment

Apt. ALOHA – 155 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 5 persons

Aloha Apartment

Aloha Apartment

Salva

Salva

Grapes, wine and grape harvest in the Florentine countryside

Grapes, wine and grape harvest in the Florentine countryside

Grapes, wine and grape harvest in the Florentine countryside

September is the right month for traveling to Tuscany and in the Florentine countryside: there are mild temperatures and a lot of sunny days that allow you to enjoy all that the region offers.

September is the grape harvest time (although the period may fluctuate from the second half of August to the first half of October, according to the weather) and of the vin novo (new wine). Tuscan Feeling suggests you some events related to grapes and wine in these weeks throughout Florence Tuscany.

In Florence and surroundings, in September, there are some traditional events related to the grape harvest and the production of the new wine which we strongly recommend to participate, whether you are passionate about wine or popular traditions or both.

Grapes, wine and grape harvest in the Florentine countryside

Grapes, wine and grape harvest in the Florentine countryside

1) Greve in Chianti – Expo of Chianti Classico (7 to 10 September 2017)

The ancient center of Greve in Chianti – a village in the deep heart of Chiantshire – hosts every year the EXPO of Chianti Classico. It is an important meeting opportunity between the Chianti wine producers and wine enthusiasts, as well as journalists and distributors. The best Chianti wine producers will be all between Matteotti square in Greve in Chianti and the nearby wine tasting hall.

Grapes, wine and grape harvest in the Florentine countryside

Grapes, wine and grape harvest in the Florentine countryside

During this four days festival you can enjoy Chianti wine tastings and other typical products such as extra virgin olive oil, cheese, salami and vin santo. On Saturdays and Sundays you will also can take part in guided tours of the churches and castles of Greve in Chianti and tour of craft workshops with a shuttle bus.

2) Vino al Vino in Panzano in Chianti (14-17 September 2017)

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Only 19 producers are part of the Viticoltori Union of Panzano in Chianti who will present their wines, Chianti Classico and IGT, in the “Vino al Vino” specialty for its very high quality. The great wines of Panzano, like every year, will be presented on the third weekend of September in press and enthusiasts on the occasion of the famous Chianti wine festival, realized by the Viticoltori Union of Panzano in Chianti and the Consortium Wine Chianti Classico, with the patronage of the Municipality Of Greve in Chianti.

Bacco artigiano

Bacco artigiano

3) Bacco Artigiano at Rufina (28-30 September 2017)

The small and pretty village of Rufina, near Florence, celebrates every year the vin nono with four days of events related mainly to wine, but also to local craftsmanship with the kermesse “Bacco Artigiano”. This festival intends to recall the events of celebration of the new wine production organized in the past in the Florentine countryside. The craftsman Bacco is connected to the Carro Matto, which takes place on the fourth Saturday of September: a wagon full of new wine bottles comes from the town of Rufina.

Festa dell'Uva

Festa dell’Uva

4) Festa dell’Uva at Impruneta (24 September 2017)

The most popular, most popular and most chaotic feast of September is the Impruneta Uva Festival, which takes place every year on the last Sunday of September in the main square of the town, Buondelmonti Square.
The event is very much felt in the province of Florence: for the occasion, in fact, the four wings of the village of Impruneta challenge by pulling out their allegorical wagons inspired by wine and grape harvest
The parade of the wagons is accompanied by music and figurines and it is a somewhat confusing, but funny event. The party starts in the afternoon, about 3 o’clock and continues until late at night. We suggest you arrive in the morning, to have a quiet place to enjoy the show.

Tuscan Feeling recommends one of its many apartments in the historic center or the hills of Florence:

Apt. CASA ORNELLA – 140 m2 – 1 e 2 floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

Casa Ornella Apartment

Casa Ornella Apartment

Apt. LOUISE – 110 m2 – 1+ 2 piano floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

Apartment Louise

Apartment Louise

Apt. CANNETO – 25 m2 – 1st floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Apartment Canneto

Apartment Canneto

Apt. IL CORNO – 85 m2 – 3nd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Roger Apartment

Roger Apartment

Apt. ALOHA – 155 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 5 persons

Aloha Apartment

Aloha Apartment

Salva

Salva