How to Enjoy Christmas in Florence
The wintertime landscape surrounding Florence is a beauty, also when snow can dust the surrounding hills, or even on occasion the city center. Families will enjoy strolling through the ancient streets surrounding Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza della Signoria to admire the elegantly decorated storefronts and shops of bakeries and cafes. You must not forget to sample the “panettone” one of the important traditional Christmas bread originally from Milan, or warm up with hot chocolate for the kids and aperitivi for the parents at the historic Rivoire at Piazza della Signoria.
Every year the town is full of Christmas markets, a holiday wonderland from late November to the Epiphany. The “Christmas village” is in Santa Croce square, and brings the flavor of classic Northern European Christmas markets, music and activities for the kids, traditional sweets and candies, and market stalls with toys and gifts; is the place where families can sample German sweets and candies such as strudel and browse rows of market stalls with German Christmas decorations, toys, and traditional handicrafts.
Steeped in cultural traditions that endure in a lively manner today, Florence during the holidays offers classical concerts throughout the city. From carols to classical liturgical compositions.
The one caveat to visiting Italy during the holidays is the possibility that some of the significant historic sites such as museums and churches have irregular schedules and additional closures during this period. We suggest careful planning of your family’s sightseeing itinerary and advance ticket purchases for museums. A way to solve the problem is to contact hotel Concierge to book the entrance in your favorite museum.
Reception of Ars Hotel, Hotel Rivoli ( http://www.hotelrivoli.it/en ) and Best Western Grand Hotel Adriatico ( http://www.hoteladriatico.it/en ) are always available to help guests have an unforgettable stay, as well as to:
Book entries for the ” Galleria degli Uffizi ” and ” Museo dell’Accademia ” to avoid long queues unpleasant . Suffice it to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the day , the museum and the indicative time of booking.
Book city tours and excursions to areas of Chianti , Siena , San Gimignano and many others.
Organize natural excursions as : culinary journey to discover restaurants and historic cafes of Florence and the Florentine historical journey to discover the craft workshops of the city.
Arrange visits to unusual places of Florence with guided tours to the ancient Santa Maria Novella pharmacy or the ” Museo della Scarpa Ferragamo di ” ( the shoe museum ).
Facilitate stay families suggesting specific itineraries and guides for children ;
Buy tickets for shows , from pop concerts to the required entries to the ” Maggio Musicale Fiorentino ” , an annual opera festival.
Suggest , for lovers of shopping , visit a comfortable minivan with driver or the famous outlets of Barberino Service ( Trussardi , Calvin Klein , Ferré , Dolce & Gabbana , and many others) and Mall ( Ermenegildo Zegna , La Perla , Loro Piana , Giorgio Armani , Burberry and many others) . All offer discounts and deals on all seasons of the year.
Book a private transfer service to / from the Amerigo Vespucci Airport in Florence , Galileo Galilei in Pisa and G. Marconi in Bologna.
Book train tickets or tickets for upcoming trips.
Arrange a service call taxi to avoid waiting times.
Advise stores to make purchases using discounts to guests of the Congress Centre and the Hotel itself.