As December approaches, we inevitably begin to feel the inexplicable magic of Christmas. Made of frenetic races in search of the perfect gift, the excitement of decorating the house following a precise scale of colors and the desire, every year, to relive, however, our traditions that can be a movie on Christmas Eve or a big lunch on December 25th.
No matter how, what really matters is that at Christmas we all feel a little different, more loved, more sensitive, perhaps really “better”.
In this period also the cities change “dress” and wear shiny lights, greetings and markets full of decorations and delights for the palate.
Florence does not miss the appointment and since the end of the month of November in the most famous squares of the city you can fully experience the magic of Christmas.
Let’s see specifically the 3 most awaited markets in Florence!
1) San Croce market
It is perhaps the most awaited event of the Florentine Christmas. For the 19th year in a row, the wooden houses of the Weihnachtsmarkt return to Santa Croce square.
You can find more than 50 stands full of Christmas decorations, original gift ideas and even many typical German products. I always make great feast of pretzels that you can find to many different tastes. I’m going crazy!
Where: Piazza Santa Croce
When: from November 28th to December 20th
Hours: from 10 to 22
2) Fierucola dell’Immacolata
Another appointment with Christmas will be in Piazza Santissima Annunziata for the weekend of 8 December. On this day we celebrate the immaculate conception of Mary, that is, the exact day in which the Madonna was conceived. In fact, this date precedes by exactly 9 months the day on which it is instead celebrated its birth on September 8th.
The church of the SS. Annunziata, which is located in the homonymous square, is the main Marian shrine of Florence.
The fierucola is a rural market so all the products are made with natural methods. You can find typical products from all over the Tuscany region, and throughout the weekend there will be several workshops for adults and children.
Where: Piazza SS Annunziata
When: 8-9 December
Hours: from 9 to 19
3) Christmas Fierucola
Another fierucolina, if you missed that of the Immaculate, you will find it in Piazza del Carmine on December 16th. Also this day will be dedicated to the stands full of local agricultural products and to many workshops and creative spaces for children.
An opportunity to visit the famous Brancacci Chapel (10-17 / cost € 7), painted by Masaccio and Masolino in the early 1400s.
Where: Piazza del Carmine
When: December 16th
Hours: from 9 to 19