Traveling to a new place with your family during Christmas is a gift within itself and Italy is a magnificent destination. As you stroll along the beautifully lit streets of Florence during the holiday season, follow your nose to where there are literally chestnuts being roasted over an open fire; grab a bag of these warm treats and find yourself quietly humming “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” ah, Christmas in Florence.
Here are a few reasons why spending the holidays in Florence is a fabulous choice, just in case you needed one.
1. The Festivities & Christmas Markets
During the month of December Florence is the host of the Mercato Tedesco – a German Christmas Market that offers wooden stalls full of treats, candies and shopping delights. Held in the famous Piazza Santa Croce, enjoy visits from Babbo Natale, Father Christmas, or ride on the carousel set up just for the occasion. Listen to Christmas Carols being sung in languages from all over the world. Give your taste buds variety by indulging in Panettone, a traditional Italian holiday bread, or the German bread Dresdner Stollen.
Another favorite Christmas activity of many local Florentines is ice skating in Parterre Square. Decorated with festive lights and holding over 200 skaters at a time it is a sight worth seeing even if taking to the ice does not thrill you. On Christmas Day children can skate out onto the ice to meet Babbo Natale.