On December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, with the lighting of the large Christmas tree the countdown to Christmas begins.
The large Christmas tree is set up in the magnificent setting of Piazza del Duomo, where the Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, Giotto's bell tower and the Baptistery of San Giovanni, all masterpieces of imposing beauty, form a single large open-air museum.
During the Christmas period, the churchyard of the Florence Cathedral is set up with a nativity scene of terracotta statues depicting the Holy Family.
The crib is located near the large Christmas tree in the city of Florence, where it will remain until the Epiphany, when, on the occasion of the traditional Cavalcade of the Magi, the terracotta figures of the Holy Family will be replaced by living people and animals, making the installation even more suggestive.
Many Christmas markets take place in Florence in the weeks leading up to Christmas.Christmas markets selling everything from food and wine to handmade crafts
Try Tuscany Christmas dainties
The famous Tuscany Christmas specialties cookies lavished with cinnamon, vanilla, coriander, anise and other aromatic spices include ricciarelli biscuits made of almond flour, soft cavallucci biscuits stuffed with nuts and candied fruits, and refined panforte cake.
Located in the heart of the city, overlooking Piazza Duomo, the Granduomo is the ideal place to spend this magical season with family or friends. Perfect location to enjoy Christmas shopping, Tuscan food and festive atmosphere