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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

Expat in Florence? Tips and tricks for those who want to relocate in Florence and live happy. Lesson 2: The best resources online for an expat in Florence.

American Flag on Palazzo Vecchio

American Flag on Palazzo Vecchio

Are you in Florence for working, studying, tourism or love, and never been here before? Do you miss home?
Ok, we know very well, that you could feel lonely and nostalgic. You only need to find some resources to be able to enter into the life of Florence in the main door.

As Tuscan Feeling we operate since 18 years with people from all over the world, helping them to relocate in Florence and find the perfect apartment to live. We met many people, during the years, and we had the chance to talk with them during a critical point of their life. With many of them, we became friends and we were lucky enough to compare ourselves with their personal life experiences in Florence. Somehow, we at Tuscan Feeling, with our work, we have always had the chance to see our city in a different way.

That’s why, we would like to suggest you some important international resources for people who are expat in Florence or just are wishing to expatriate here.

1) The British Institute of Florence. A real institution since 1917. The Institute promote cultural exchange between Italy and the English-speaking world. They have a strong weekly cultural programme and public tea held every thursday, that is a sort of meeting point for expats. The British Institute offers many courses of italian language and culture, as well specific courses about history of art.

2) The Florentine Magazine. It’s the one and lonely English language news magazine. It is a monthly printed free-press. You can find here English-friendly events listing, jobs, as well as services and friendships. The Florentine organizes monthly events.

3) Living in Florence. Melinda Gallo is blogger and a dear Tuscan Feeling’s friend. She blogs about her life in Florence, since she moved here in 2004, and share her thoughts and feelings about Florence. Living in Florence is a good blog for finding discovering Florence from the expat’s side.

4) Firenze Moms 4 Moms. Dedicated to all the expat moms! Here you can find all the info about life with kids in Italy. It has also a strong presence on Facebook and it is a good starting point for knowing more about public and private schools, events, finding babysitters and talk about kids’ problems.

5) Internations. A members-only expat community that holds events, on regular basis, in Florence. InterNations offers global networking opportunities, local events and expat-relevant information. Keep attention! To ensure the quality of their network, InterNations membership is by their admins’ approval only.

6) Girl in Florence. Georgette is an american expat in Florence and a blogger. She defines herself as: ‘A curious American digital marketing strategist, Freelance writer and a certifiable ‘Tuscan Texan’ living and breathing all things Florence’. She blogs about scooting around Europe & Italy and sharing local spots I love. Georgette’s blog is a great resource of informations for expats.

If you want an apartment for feeling at home in Florence, Tuscan Feeling Long & Short Term Rentals suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. LECCIO – 45 m2 – 4th floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

LECCIO

Leccio Apartment

Apt. BORGO SANTA – 55 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

BORGO SANTA

Borgo Santa Apartment

Apt. NOVELLO – 85 sqm – Ground Floor Mezzanine (no elevator) – for 3 people

NOVELLO

Novello Apartment

Street Food in Florence. A great idea to have a snack as they should.

Schiacciata

Schiacciata in Florence.

Street food in Florence? What a wonderful idea! It is the best choice for a lunch, a fast snack or something to eat at night, after a show! Whatever you like and whereever you are, it is always a great idea. It is faster and cheaper than a lunch at the restaurant, and the italian street food hides the true flavors and the very essence of a every town. In Italy we have a real tradition of street food. Living in the centre of Florence in one of our apartments, it is the best way to experiment the florentine street food.

The ‘schiacciata’ it’s a thin baked bread, seasoned with olive oil and salt. Before putting it in the oven, it compresses the dough with fingers in some places, to create the characteristic “holes” on the top. It is probably the most famous snack in Florence. Children love them and florentine all usually grow up eating schiacciata for snack. If you are around the Uffizi Gallery, you have to try the ‘schiacciata’ in a place called All’Antico Vinaio, in De’ Neri Street. It is an historical shop and in 2013 won the Trip Advisor prize for the best street food in town. It is a small and crowdy placel. Here you find many different quality of schiacciata, filled with ham, salami, pecorino cheese, aubergines, souces, artichoke cream or mozzarella. Of course, you can eat your schiacciata with a tasty glass of wine. The place is really cheap and nice, the quality is good, but it is really touristic. Few florentines stop here.

If you want to eat ‘schiacciata’, Pugi Bakery Shop is a real must in Florence. The place opened in 1925 and it has 3 different stores: in S. Marco Square, San Gallo Street and Orsini Street. Pugi’s schiacciata is golden and crisp. Florentines loves to eat it simple, with no filling, but you can also have it filled with ham, mortadella, cheese or salami. You can find here take away pizza, cakes and sweeties. During Easter and Carnival you can find also some tipical florentine sweets as ‘cenci’, ‘frittelle di riso’, ‘schiacciata con l’uva’ and ‘pan di ramerino’.

Another nice place to eat street food is I Due Fratellini. It opened in 1875 in Via de Cimatori since 1875, but in recent times it was bought and managed b two brothers, Armando and Michele Perrini. The place is really small and clients are used to eat outside the door. They are specialist in preparing really Tuscan sandwiches: ham, goat cheese, green sauce, wild boar sausage, raw sausage, eggplant and marinated bacon specialties. The menu features a number of proposals ready to eat, but you can also combine the ingredients according to your fantasy. Behind the counter are wooden shelves filled with bottles of wine, the perfect accompaniment to the sandwich. Panini are cheap and the quality is superb.

Lampredotto in Florence.

Lampredotto

If you want to eat the real Florentine street food you have to taste the tipical sandwich with the lamprey, the famous ‘lampredotto, a real institution in town. All the kiosks you can find in town are well known and reputable. Near St. Ambrogio market you will find Sergio and Pier Paolo‘s lamprey kiosk in Via de’ Macci. Another great place is the lamprey kiosk in Via Gioberti. where you can taste lamprey in different versions: in inzimino or with baked beans, potatoes or artichokes. nd the city. How about you come up a bit ‘of hunger?

If you want an apartment in the heart of Florence, www.tuscanfeeling.com suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. VINCENT – 65 m² – 4 people (without elevator) – 2nd floor

Apartment Vincent

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Apt. LORENZO – 80 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Apartment San Lorenzo

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Discover the Mercato Centrale! Fruit, vegetables, meat, delicacies, culture and new trends.

Mercato Centrale Apartments

The Main Hall of the Mercato Centrale in Florence.

If you have the chance to live near Piazza Duomo or the wonderful Central Market, you’re really lucky.
You do not have to worry about where you buy your meal, spending hours to find exclusive and special foods and what to do in the evening. The new Mercato Centrale will be, for you, the perfect place to shop, eat a snack, drink a glass of wine and listen to live music, deciding which shows or museum to choose for the next day. Tuscan Feeling offers many apartments in that area, in the heart of the historic center of Florence, for long and short rentals (www.tuscanfeeling.com). Living in this area, with your own apartment, is truly an unforgettable experience, because you will have all the freedom to live exactly as the Florentines themselves.

The multi colored Mercato Centrale (http://www.mercatocentrale.it/) is located between Florence via dell’Ariento, via Sant’Antonino and via Panicale. It was one of the major buildings of the reconstruction’s period; when Florence was the capital of Italy, in the late nineteenth century. To build the covered market was necessary to destroy an entire city block, which stood in a maze of narrow streets, ancient but rather unhealthy. The area came out haggard, but beautified and ennobled. Florence, in fact, needed a covered market of new concept, as well as those that already had risen in many European capitals, such as London, Paris, Budapest or Vienna.

The architect was Giuseppe Mengoni (1870-1874), who designed the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. He took inspiration by the market of Les Halles in Paris. The result was remarkable, especially for the time, with the use of modern materials, such as iron, glass and cast iron. All around the market, Mengoni designed a loggia, composed of 10 arches in classic style on each side, with slender columns of stone. The inauguration took place in 1874 with the International Exhibition of Agriculture.

It was a success from the start! The city felt projected into modernity. The spaces inside were occupied by the best shops in Florence. Fresh meat, quality fruits and vegetables, bakeries, delicacies shops and small places for drinking a glass of good wine, were the goods that people can find there, once upon a time. There was no family, who lived in the old town, which did not do their own costs there. Over time, two world wars, the reconstruction and the arrival of supermarkets and big malls, the Central Market became obsolete and poorly attended. Inside, the shops lost their function of serving the common people and became progressively a showcase for tourists, with excellent products, but not crowded. The top floor of the market, with the closure of a number of shops, was closed in the late nineties. In 2014, however, it was re-opened on the first floor of the complex, with a number of restaurants and activities, which re-launched the Mercato Centrale as the center of attraction for the Florentines, foodies and tourists. Exclusive restaurants, local appetizers, great places for snacks, live music and cultural events, are the ingredients for the rebirth of a truly innovative space.

The market now is crowded again, but service times of shops and eateries are really very fast. It is a very special stage for those who visit Florence, which combines speed and good food: from tasty hamburger of ‘Chianina’ meat, delicious vegetarian menus, excellent fish dishes and a lot of pasta, that you can choose. At the time of the ‘apertivo’, it is the best place in Florence to spend some time with friends, choosing a glass of fine wine, tasty Italian craft beers or a glass of Spritz. Perhaps with even a bit ‘of live music: jazz, blues, classical or some local indie band. A place to love and to live at any time of day!

If you want to live in the nearby of the Mercato Centrale, www.tuscanfeeling.com suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. CAROLINA – 65 m2 – 1st floor – for 4 persons

Apartment Carolina

Apartment Carolina

Apt. LORENZO – 80 m2 – 2nd floor – for 3 persons

Lorenzo Apartment

Lorenzo Apartment

If you love the area, and you are looking for a great apartment to buy in the nearby, Tuscan Feeling suggests:

Apt. STUFA – 60 m2 – 3rd floor – for 3 persons

Stufa Apartment

Stufa Apartment