If you’ve never been to Florence, December is the right month to do so. During Christmas period the atmosphere is magic lights and colors decorate the city and create a surreal feeling, almost fictional. During Christmas time, Florence is very beautiful and elegant. The huge Christmas tree lights up on December 8th, lighting up Piazza del Duomo, and with the big Nativity scene, they are the meeting place for Florentines. You can smell the scent of roast chestnuts and people walk quickly to buy the last Christmas gifts. It’s nice to share this intimate atmosphere that recalls past times, and the traces that Renaissance left are even more highlighted.
The churches of Florence celebrate one of the most heartfelt and ancient moment of religion; the solemn masses, the concerts, and the beautiful Nativities (both static and moving) celebrate the birth of Christ. Maybe Christmas is one of the best times to try the real taste of an art city full of history.
Christmas in Florence also means markets, and the city offers many, selling typical products. Gift ideas, and sometimes even products connected to cultures and traditions that are not necessarily Italian, like the market in Piazza Santa Croce that is surely a must-see.
Art and architecture of the city merge with Christmas lights and that is a reason why you can’t miss the “Florence Light Festival”, which takes place from December 8th for a month, and will cover monuments and squares in lights , offering video-mapping, projections, light games, artistic equipments, activities, visits to museums, shows ad cultural events.
This festival, promoted by the Comune di Firenze, is meant to highlight the brilliance of Leonardo da Vinci; in 2019 it will be 500 years since his death.
From December 8th to January 6th many places of the city will be involved: above all Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Piazza Santa Maria Novella and Oltrarno, with a special attention to the Towers and Doors of the city and the neighborhoods outside the historical center.
The title given to the festival evokes the lighting up of minds, and its symbols will be then the flame that lights up a candle in the dark of night, and the fiber that warms up.
During your visit in Florence you can also improve your Italian, taking a short course here at school. During the mornings you can improve your conversational skills in class, get to know other students and meet them in the afternoon to attend the Christmas themed school activities.