Even though most people travel to Florence during the high season (from spring to late summer), winter is a fantastic time to visit because there are a lot of things to do in Florence in December. You'll discover that in Florence, it doesn’t get too cold and Christmas decorations are taken very seriously in the city of the Renaissance.
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As a matter of fact, Florence locals love embracing the Christmassy atmosphere, strolling around the city centre with their family and friends, eating comforting food, having hot drinks, and buying gifts for their loved ones.
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Every year, the city organizes a traditional German Christmas market in Santa Croce square. Most Florentines visit it, as it’s a great occasion to get together. You can enjoy a warm drink, like mulled wine or hot chocolate, or you can drink beer or juice. Have a hot dog or a typical Florentine sandwich, or you can snack on something sweeter like cake or candy apples. Looking for non-touristy souvenirs? Purchase candle holders, Christmas tree decorations, or comfy scarves or gloves.
Every year, Santa Maria del Fiore displays a nativity scene in the Dome square. This scene is very peculiar ,since it was made by a local artist with local materials. Although this scene is very popular, at this time of the year you can see manger scenes in most churches.
Italy's national drink is coffee, but tea and hot chocolate have become more popular in the last few years. The perfect time to enjoy these hot drinks is the Christmas season, when you can sit down in front of the fireplace or in a warm café as a break from your afternoon walk and sip these hot beverages.
If you love ballet or opera music, this is a great time to book a show at the theatre Teatro del Maggio at the Leopolda station. It’s a beautiful theatre that was launched in 2011 and that is worth checking out. You could go watch a traditional Christmassy Nutcracker, or catch an Italian opera such as Puccini’s or Verdi’s.
December is the perfect time to visit a museum or an exhibition you’ve been meaning to visit. The most popular museums are the Uffizi, the Accademia delle Belle Arti, the Bargello and the main cathedrals (Santa Maria del Fiore, Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella and more). If you like vanguards, you might want to visit Natalia Goncharova’s exhibition at Strozzi Palace. It takes place 3rd October – 19th January.
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