Winter


Even though Italy is most visited during the summer months, mainly for its great climate, the winter months can be equally enjoyable and the range of things to see and do is still endless. The Italians make the most of the colder weather by throwing even more parties and holding festivals to celebrate whatever they feel necessary. Winter is still traditionally the season for “sagre” in country towns and villages, festivals where the locals celebrate just a certain type of food and/or drink such as truffles, olive oil, chestnuts and homemade sausages. Furthermore, the winter months see the arrival of Christmas and New Year, so you will find plenty of activities and events planned ready for then, such as music concerts, craft fairs and markets together with the special atmosphere created by late night shopping.

Florence Marathon
Tel: 055 5522 957 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 5522 957 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Website: Florence Marathon
Opening Hours: 9am in Piazza Michelangelo
Date: 28 November (annual)

One of the top 20 international marathons, Florence stages men’s and women’s events, as well as a non-competitive 10km fun-run and a special mini-run for kids. Half the course winds through the historical centre, starting at Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia near the National Library and going over the Ponte Vecchio. The race then follows a course past the Cascine Monument and the National Park, ending at Piazza Santa Croce just 200m from the starting gate in the centre of town. Surely one of the world’s most picturesque marathon routes. Perhaps the sights of the beautiful city are intended to take the runners minds off of their aching legs – maybe! Runners come from all over the world to compete and normally there can be over 6000 professional runners in the men’s marathon.

Florence Dance Festival- Winter Edition
Teatro Goldoni
Website: Florence Dance Festival
Tel: 055 289 276 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 289 276 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Date: late November, early December
This winter session of the innovative festival organised by the Florence Dance Cultural Centre involves a range of contemporary dance performances throughtout the weeks leading up to Christmas.

International Motorshow
Bologna
Website: Bologna Motorshow
Date: 1st- 2nd week of December

Bologna holds the International Motorshow every year at the Fiera District to the north of the city. Go along and see the new ranges of cars and motorbikes, from Fiat to Ferrari, Honda to Yamaha, watch live car and motorbike stunts and even test drive some of the latest cars. A great day out for all the family.

Christmas

Italians love Christmas, not just because there is a lot of eating and drinking (the main reason), but it is a very special period in which people can all come together and have fun. Christmas in Florence
Tel: 055 658 2847 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 658 2847 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Email: info@nataleafirenze.it

Like any other Italian city, Florence celebrates Christmas with an impressively wide-range of shows, events and spectacles planed by the city’s Comune or town council, as well as readings, guided tours, parties, film screenings and all sorts of cultural activities that residents and tourists alike can take part in. The festivities provide a unique opportunity, not only to tour the many magnificent sights of this beautiful Renaissance city, but also to discover the hidden parts of the city, the elusive secret nooks and crannies, markets, stores and alleyways that tourists seldom have the know-how to find.

One of the highlights of the festival is a spectacular Christmas market around the main Santa Maria Novella square, with a huge Christmas tree, stalls and entertainment shows. Smaller international craft markets are also set up in the city’s bigger piazzas, offering treats and delights from around the world. Furthermore, you will see nativity scenes and many churches set up cribs, some “viventi” (with live animals), the main ones being at Santa Croce, Chiesa di Dante and Santa Maria de’Ricci. Midnight mass is held in the Duomo.

Every year around Christmas time the city comes alive like never before: the streets are full of people late night shopping, enjoying the many events put on in the historical center, and stalls are set up along with decorations and illuminations creating a magical atmosphere. Among the many events planned to celebrate the Christmas season are special exhibitions of masterpieces by Tiziano, Boticcelli in the Uffizi Gallery, the palaces and trees are lit up and shops decorated with lights and tinsel, not forgetting Pinocchio, there to meet and greet the kids and finale celebrations with performances and treats for all.

The Christmas Concert
Teatro Verdi, Florence
Info line: 055 263 8777 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 263 8777 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Ticket line: 055 212 320 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 212 320 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

This is a special lengthy concert given by the Orchestra Regionale Toscana to prepare you for the Christmas season.

New Year’s Eve

Many Florentines stay at home with their families for the New Year, however many restaurants do put on a special “Cena dell’Ultimo dell’Anno” menus involving endless courses and including, traditionally, stuffed pigs’ trotters and lentils, for which you pay a considerable amount!! Alternatively, take to the streets and join one of the many official or more common “unofficial” streets parties that are tending to increase in popularity.

New Year’s Eve Party at Tenax
Tenax nightclub, Via Pratese 46, Florence
Tel: 055 287 347 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 287 347 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Tickets: around €80; concessions €70; advance tickets €60
Opening Hours:11pm-very late

Tenax in Florence holds a New Year’s Eve Party every year, with a line-up to easily entertain you into the early hours of the New Year. with DJs including house music collective X-Press 2, aka Rocky, Diesel and Ashley Beedle, and resident Italian star DJ Alex Neri.

The New Year Concert
Teatro Communale, Florence
Tel: 055 597 851 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 597 851 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (also for free tickets)

A small scale music concert put on by the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole

Sfilata dei Canottieri
Florence, along the River Arno
Date: 1 January

A traditional parade of boats on the Arno, all lit up with fireworks.

La Befana (Epiphany)
Date: 6 January
Website: La Befana

This is an Italian holiday, mainly for the kids, who open their stockings on la Befana. For more information on the legend of the witch. Needless to say, the well behaved children get presents, whereas the naughty maybe as lucky as to get a sack full of dirty coal!!! Many of the small towns around the region hold small street parties in celebration.

Ideas, Models, Inventions : The Patents of Salvatore Ferragamo, 1929-1964
Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
2, Palazzo Spini Ferroni, Via Tornabuoni
Tel: 055 336 04 56 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 336 04 56 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax:+39 055 336 04 75
Opening Hours:Mon-Fri 9am-1pm & 2pm-6pm
Date: 31 December- 22 January; Weekdays only

Salvatore Ferragamo at work

The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum of Florence presents a new show which focuses on ideas, projects and creations which have changed the concept of Italian footwear and helped define and promote the”Made in Italy” brand. This show concentrates on the patents and trademarks of Salvatore Ferragamo, from 1927 – the year he returned to Italy from the United States – until his death in 1960.

There are visits (maximum of 30 persons)which are guided in English or in Italian but booking is necessary.

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