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The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

Christmas – in Italy and in the world – is the most important holiday of the whole year. Everyone feels better, happier, and Christmas lunch is an important conviviality’s moment for every family, who are gathered together to toast all together.

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

In Florence and in Tuscany, some dishes are a must for Christmas lunch, since ancient times. Croutons with chicken livers are serve as entrées, then cappelletti in broth, arista (pork loin) and finally the typical Tuscan Christmas cakes: ricciarelli, cantuccini with Vinsanto and the ancient sienese panforte. Tuscan Feeling introduces some good tips for those who want to replicate the good Florentine cuisine in their own home.

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The croutons with chicken livers (Crostini di Fegatini) are the starter par excellence here in Florence and are easy to prepare. The livers are sautéed in a pan with oil, onion, celery, carrots, and blended with white wine; they are cut with a knife tip and they are put back in the pan for about fifteen minutes with salt, pepper, anchovy fillets and minced capers. In the meantime, take the stale bread, get wet on one side and put it in the oven to make it crunchy and serve the croutons with the spread on the livers.

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The cappelletti are easier to buy – expecially in city markets as Sant’Ambrogio or San Lorenzo – but the broth is strictly homemade by capon, boiled the day before in cold water with carrot and celery onion. After a couple of hours, you just have to remove the capon – very good to eat boiled as a second – with the skimmer remove all the fat from the broth. The next day is ready to heat up to cook the cappelletti.

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The Arista is nothing more than a pork loin tied and seasoned with rosemary, sage, garlic, salt and pepper and then cooked at 200 degrees in the oven for about an hour. Legend has it that the word “arista” was born precisely in Florence, precisely in 1439, on the occasion of the Ecumenical Council of the Church. For the occasion, distinguished personalities and senior officials filled the city. Banquets and delicacies were the order of the day, rich and delicious dishes were continually cooked to feed and conquer the various delegates, who came from all over the world. And it was during a lunch offered in honor of the prelates from Greece, who was served to the Greek cardinal Basilio Bessarione a fragrant and inviting piece of roast arista, until then indicated by the Florentines without a specific name. The cardinal, once tasted, was so delighted that he began to exclaim “aristos, aristos”, which in Greek means “excellent, the best”. The Florentines present believed that the word indicated that specific specific piece of meat and, finding it sympathetic, repeated it so much that the pork loin was from then on appealed with the term “arista”.

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

Tuscan desserts are irreproducible, so better to buy ricciarelli or cantuccini; but to be truly faithful to tradition, panforte with dried fruit is a must for Christmas. Merry Christmas and enjoy your meal!

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

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence? It is the ideal destination to greet the old year with a night full of culture, good food and fun.

If you are thinking of spending the last year in town Tuscan Feeling offer you a useful guide with advice, offers and things to do on December 31 in Florence. Florence during the New Year’s Eve becomes a huge outdoor party, and you can find a lot of things to do. Around town will be set up different stages that will offer shows for all likes.

You can take advantage to spend a few days in the city, because during the days before New Year Florence becomes a big party spread. In alternative, you can choose from the many restaurants that offer the best of Tuscan cuisine, take part to private parties, have nice after dinners or celebrate the New Year’s Eve in one of the many clubs and venues in the city.

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

Those who want a quiet, elegant and alternative New Year, can choose for a theater show: the Opera House offers a show worthy of the evening, with sparkling wine at midnight. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino will perform the ninth symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven.

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

Anyway, the most important concert is in Piazza Michelangelo. We still do not know the name of the super-star of the concert in Florence, but there are many names in pole position. The show will start at 9:45 with an emerging band and then continue after midnight with the main concert. Do not miss the spectacle of fireworks! They are wonderful!

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

In Piazza del Carmine the appointment is with a show of jazz music while in San Lorenzo square you will find another concert, if you love the gospel rhythms in front of the Medici Chapels and the church of San Lorenzo you can listen to good music until midnight. If you prefer classical music the appointment is with the free show on the Loggia dei Lanzi with the symphony orchestra.

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

In the nearby village of Bagno di Ripoli, the New Year is celebrated with a medieval festival. Instead, at the Antico Spedale del Bigallo you can celebrate the masked New Year and attend the gala dinner.

The Otel – the biggest nightclub in south Florence – for the evening of December 31st organizes a dinner show waiting for 2018. The package includes a buffet dinner and disco, with DJ sets until dawn.

At Space Electronics in Florence, one of the great discos of the historic center, the appointment is with music and light show for a party that lasts until the first light of the morning. A short walk from the Duomo, the Yab club organizes a private party after dinner to greet 2017. If instead you are looking for a theater show, at the Teatro Verdi will be staged the musical Grease, to celebrate the new year to dance.

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

Around Florence there are many events and attractions designed for children. From the Christmas Markets located in different parts of the city to the Winter Park, the park along the Arno where there are skating rinks and shows for children. On 31 December, the Isolotto square is transformed into a fairy-tale world with entertainment and music until the evening. You will find installations, interactive games and entertainment for the little ones. In Piazza Bartali, in the district of Gavinana, there will be shows of waders and puppets.

The New Year is a good opportunity for us of Tuscan Feeling to wish our customers a happy new year and those who have not yet been Florence, we can not help but suggest our apartments.

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

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

Apartment Louise

Apartment Louise

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

Casa Ornella Apartment

Casa Ornella Apartment

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

Apartment Canneto

Apartment Canneto

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!