04.12.2013 - 25.12.2013
Florence comes alive this holiday season, with many of its piazzas hosting magical outdoor Christmas markets.
Becoming a sort of tradition over the last few years, the Tuscan Capital’s Piazza Santa Croce is the site for the Weihnachtsmarkt (German term for Christmas market), selling tree and home decorations, Christmas treats like Stollen, accompanied by Glühwein (vin brulé or mulled wine), and several other typical German food products.
Another customary artisan Christmas market, the Lungoungiorno, runs for one day only (during the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th) at SAM del Vecchio Conventino.
Then, in the Province of Scandicci, another market is set to take place in Piazza Matteotti on December 21st and 22nd. December 15th, rather, marks both the traditional artisan Merry Christmas market in the hills of Fiesole, and the Fiocchi di Natale. Mercatino d'Inverno (Christmas Snowflakes, Winter Market) in Firenzuola, proffering up plenty of gifting ideas, local products, artisan wares, and musical performances.
Not to be left out are the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines: look for markets in Marradi (Dec. 15th and 22nd), and in Palazzuolo sul Senio (Dec. 8th, 15th and 22nd), with the town's Magie dell'Avvento (The Magic of Advent).
Empoli's Piazza Farinata degli Uberti is another Christmas Market hub, on Dec. 1st and 15th.
Finally, shoppers should head to the charming borgo of San Donato in Poggio (in the Chianti Valley) on Dec. 8th, to the Fiera di Santa Lucia in Tavarnelle on Dec. 15th, or to Greve in Chianti on Dec. 8th and 15th.