Christmas becomes magical in Florence. To visit Florence on these days of celebration is a wonderful experience: you are immersed in an unreal atmosphere. You can visit the monuments of the Renaissance and the medieval Florence enjoying the city that is decorated with beautiful Christmas lights that highlight the beauty of the historical buildings and ancient churches.
The streets are lined with richly decorated windows with the colors of Christmas. Many people arrive in Florence the day before Christmas to stay and spend in the city New Year’s Eve.
It’s Christmas! You cannot miss the markets, which are held every year in Piazza Santa Croce, in front of the Basilica where Michelangelo is buried and where the writer Stendhal, in front of the greatness of art, felt for the first time symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, dizziness and hallucinations, thus giving rise to the famous Stendhal syndrome.
The marked will be open from 10 to 22, from 30 November to 18 December 2016. By visiting the market you can stroll among the small wooden houses that are home to the German market Weihnachtsmarkt where you can find decorations for your home, decoration for the Christmas tree, foods of northern culture and Christmas cakes as the stollen served with the delicious mulled wine.
Don’t miss to visit the ancient workshops, that continue their work of handmade products according to the ancient Florentine tradition, where you can admire the craftsmen at work as they create marbled paper, textiles, jewelery, porcelain, shoes and leather goods, sign of the not too distant past. Buying a handicraft item you will buy a bit ‘of history of Florence.
But Florence has always been synonymous with art, so why not indulge in one last visit to the museum where we want to go for some time and that instead we always postponed? You can see the Renaissance paintings in the Uffizi or the Palatine Gallery in the imposing Pitti Palace, to admire the masterpieces of the great artists of the past such as Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Titian, and many others. If you love the sculpture come and get to know Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia Gallery, or enjoy a guided tour at the Bargello Museum, with its rich collection of works by Michelangelo, Ghirlandaio and visit the room dedicated to Donatello, with its famous David bronze, the first nude in the round since ancient times.
Florence is full of museums less known too, to name a few the Museum of Palazzo Davanzati, the Hospital of the Innocents and the Medici Chapels, where the Dynasty is buried and which houses works by Michelangelo who made decorations in marble for some family members.
It’s important to know that many museums are closed on December 25 and January 1. Some, however, which are normally closed on Mondays, will observe the extraordinary opening times (such as the Uffizi and the Accademia Gallery). All museums, including the Uffizi and the Accademia Gallery, will be regularly open on Christmas Eve and 26 December.
To better organize your visit to Florence visit our website www.florenceandtuscanyguide.com, and search for the tour that you prefere. We will be glad to answer your questions and to customize your itinerary for a guided tour that suits your needs and expectations.
* Openings and hours are subject to change. We suggest to consult the official website of the Florentine museums. The Accademia Gallery and the Uffizi gallery reservations are recommended.