Enjoy the Magical Attractions in Florence during Christmastime this Year

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.

While you can see the Teatro Verdi's performances throughout the year, they become especially magic at Christmas time. You'll find a whole host of options to choose from and that there is an opera available for every kind of taste. You'll want...  Read More

Ice skating in Europe is a tradition, and it would be a shame not to take part in some of the beautiful rinks that they have available during this time of year. Florence has a rink open near the Parterre section of the city where you can strap...  Read More

Florence has Christmas markets all over the place, but one if its most famous is the annual Christmas bazaar that you will want to visit during the start of December. It usually ends a few days before the actual holiday, so you want to make sure...  Read More

There are multiple Christmas markets throughout the year and depending on the week, you might want to consider visiting the German market in Santa Croce. It's a great way to sample some amazing products and to find what you need for the...  Read More

If you plan on sticking around after the Christmas holiday, you might want to think about checking out the Epiphany celebrations. Usually celebrated with a feast, you can often go to some of the best restaurants and they will have something...  Read More

You'll find a few of these scenes around the city during this time of year, but there are a few main ones that you will want to consider checking out. A favorite Christmastime activity is to go to several of the different churches and to see how...  Read More

It can be hard to experience some wintertime magic in Florence--the weather is usually very nice and it's rare to get snow. However, you can still enjoy some Christmastime activities east of town at the Obihall. Not only is there an ice rink...  Read More

Caffe Rivoire is known throughout the city as one of the best places to get a hot chocolate and to sit and relax during the festivities. Over time, this spot has become a location to experience Christmas celebrations itself. You shouldn't leave...  Read More

Every three weeks in the Santo Spirito Piazza, the Fierucuola Association sets up a fair to support local artisans and crafters throughout Florence. At the fair, you can purchase some local items made throughout the area or in the city itself....  Read More

The Duomo is a magical spot during the Christmas season. You will find the main Christmas tree just outside its doors and it is the center of all the festivities going on during this time. One way to experience some of this magic is to attend...  Read More


Meet Alexa Schnee

Currently residing in Florence, Alex is a travel writer and author. She is addicted to coffee, reading, and seeing new places. She has been to near fifteen different countries in Europe, all...  More About Alexa

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