Florence is one of the best places to be when Christmas is coming up. While most tourists think to visit here in the spring and summer, the wintertime can almost be a better time to go. There's plenty to see and do and many shopping opportunities to make sure that you get everything you need for the holiday season.
You'll want to visit the Parterre if you are considering doing some ice skating in the open air. This spot is normally a parking lot, but during the winter it transforms itself into a magical skating rink that families will love. You don't have to worry about renting skates if you don't have them--they have plenty of pairs that you can rent if you need to.
If you want to stop in and get a hot chocolate, Caffe Rivoire has some amazing hot drinks and delicious holiday treats unlike any other. Sit inside on a cold day and look out unto the beautifully-decorated Piazza della Signoria and enjoy Florence during the most wonderful time of the year.
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