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Christmas Shopping in Florence

Shopping in Florence

Shopping in Florence

Christmas becomes magical in Florence. A month before the December 25 the town is decorated with Christmas lights of a thousand colors that immerse the town in an unreal atmosphere, almost fantastic. As every year, the historical center of Florence is totally closed to traffic and it is accessible only by free shuttle buses that allow the Florentines and tourists arriving in the streets filled with interesting shops with gift ideas for every kind of taste. You can imagine the rivers of people that flock to Via Calzaiuoli and Via del Corso desperately looking for gift ideas that can be funny, original and possibly convenient. The Christmas atmosphere in Florence is beautiful, all the streets are lit, and you can enjoy the smell of roasted chestnuts, people walking hurriedly through the streets of downtown with packages and parcels. The city blend perfectly with specially crafted Christmas lights to illuminate and highlight details of great beauty of historical buildings, churches and monuments.

Christmas in Florence

Christmas in Florence

All the churches of Florence celebrate one of the most heartfelt moments with solemn Masses, concerts, and the beautiful cribs (both static and moving). Maybe Christmas is just one of the best times to enjoy the true flavor of a city of art. In many they come to town the day before Christmas and staying in the capital of Tuscany for a week so even trascorrenre the New Year in Florence, an event full of events, concerts and initiatives that can satisfy even the most demanding tourist.

The Florence Dome

The Florence Dome

Every street and square in Florence is set up differently according on the tastes of the shopkeepers and their shops. Even if it is a rainy day or the temperature is very low maybe assisted by the cold wind, you have the same impression that people are more serene, happy and carefree. Almost everyone has with him parcels and packets carefully wrapped with red and yellow flakes (the colors of Christmas). You can find in Florence beautiful handmade items, to give to people who are dear to you, or to yourself. Florence, in fact, is the capital of fashion, beauty and craftsmanship.

Goldsmiths in Florence

Goldsmiths in Florence

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Traditional and famous Florentine workshops continue their traditions and create handmade products for local and international clients. Handmade objects such as textiles, jewelery, porcelain, shoes and leather goods are a strong sign of the not too distant past.

Handmade shoes

Handmade shoes

Christmas in Florence is also synonymous with colorful Christmas markets. In the most important squares of the city they are set up some wonderful markets that offer typical products, gift ideas and even products not necessarily linked to Italian traditions and cultures.

Christmas Market in Piazza Santa Croce

Christmas Market in Piazza Santa Croce

In Piazza Santa Croce – front of the ancient church – is organized the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, the oldest in Germany. Here you can find gift ideas, Christmas decorations, mulled wine, beer, and sauerkraut wruster and many events such as the flag bearers of the historic Florentine football, music and shows for children.

Streets Around Santa Maria Novella

Streets Around Santa Maria Novella

In Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the Scottish market is celebrated to mark the friendship between Florence Edinburgh. The market is full Scottish breakfast, clothing, liquor, tea and stalls will be open from 10 am to 20. This is Christmas Shopping in Florence!
Have a Nice Xmas in Florence!

If you want an apartment in Florence, Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

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

Roger Apartment

Roger Apartment

Apt. ALFANI – 45 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Alfani Apartment

Alfani Apartment

Apt. MARIA – 30 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Maria Apartment

Maria Apartment

CHRISTMAS IN FLORENCE: THINGS TO DO AND SEE!

Christmas Market Santa Croce

Christmas Market Santa Croce

The Christmas atmosphere in Florence, as probably in most Italian cities, began to spread in early December. Starting from the beginning of the month, the municipality begins to mount the streets traditional lighting and shops fit out their windows, more or less creative, to the theme of Christmas.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS AND SHOPPING

In Florence and its surroundings, in the weeks before Christmas, the Christmas markets are set up, more or less typical, where you can find small gifts of various kinds, from exclusive crafts to wine, or typical food. The largest Christmas market is in Piazza Santa Croce and is open from December 2nd to 20th. It is inspired by the traditional German markets, with traditional wooden houses. It offers different types of products: from crafts to food, home furnishings and beautiful decorations. There are vendors Germans and Northern Europe, as well as Italian.

All those who love shopping will find florentine shops open every day until Christmas in the historic center, but also in the outskirts. During Christmas time, florentine shops in Florence are at their best, with windows sumptuously decorated with exclusive items.

To those who come to Florence with the kids, we suggest to visit ‘The village of Santa Claus’, located in Piazza del Carmine, Oltrarno area. It is daily open and has a calendar full of activities.

From December 18th to 20th will be held at Palazzo Corsini ‘NataleperFile’ a fundraising appointment, a social aggregation that combine the value of solidarity to the occasion for making a special gift to loved ones. Numerous exhibitors, from big brands to artisans of the area, which will donate part of their proceeds to the Association.

WINTER SPORTS IN FLORENCE

Florence Winter Park

Florence Winter Park

December and January are the coldest months of the year in Florence, for that reason are set up areas for winter sports. Parterre (near Freedom Square) for several years opens an ice rink with skate rental. Obihall, opens its doors on Tuscany Winter Park: an ice skating rink, but also suitable for a downhill snow tubing.

Since many years in Florence, the New Year is celebrated in the main squares of the old town, where there are various kind of concerts, from pop music (usually in Piazza Stazione) classical music (Piazza della Signoria), Gospel (Piazza Santissima Annunziata), dance music and dJ sets (Largo Annigoni).

EPIPHANY

La Cavalcata dei Magi

La Cavalcata dei Magi

The day of the Epiphany, Jan. 6, the Catholic Church celebrates the arrival of the Three Kings in Bethlehem and the delivery of their gifts to the Christ Child and is officially the last day of the Christmas holidays (coincides with the end of school holidays) .

Every year on January 6th, Florence commemorates the journey of the Magi and the delivery of the gifts in the “Cavalcata dei Magi”, which takes place in the historical center of the city. The commemoration, in costume, involves numerous people from across Italy and is a traditional event that’s definitely worth attending if you are in town.

Benozzo Gozzoli

Benozzo Gozzoli

In the traditional theme Christmas, we recommend a visit to the Chapel of the Magi by Benozzo Gozzoli, at Palazzo Medici Riccardi. It is a small and precious frescoed chapel that traces its history of the Three Kings. It is open all year round, but in this time of the year is a wonderful occasion to see it!

Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following Apartments for Christmas:

Apt. COSTA CRUZ – 50 m2 – 4th floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. Costa Cruz

Apt. Costa Cruz

Apt. OBLATE – 40 m2 – 1st floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. Oblate

Apt. Oblate