Renowned the world over for its breathtaking beauty, Florence is an amazing travel destination. Home to a wealth of stunning architecture and famous art works, the Italian city attracts millions of visitors every year, who are just as keen to experience its celebrated culinary offerings as they are to soak up the ancient sights.
Situated on the Arno River, Florence lies 120 km inland from Italy's west coast and just 200 km from Rome. It is known as the capital of Tuscany and is the most populated city in the region. Offering up an array of historical attractions, it is often thought to be the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and was officially named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.
Although the summer months attract a number of tourists, due to the warm temperatures and Mediterranean climate, it can be argued that winter is a great time to visit. Indeed, with the streets emptied of the usual traffic, it is possible to stroll around the city and visit the countless churches, museums and galleries, without having to encounter hordes of people or spend hours queuing up.
Not only that, but the city takes on an almost magical festive charm around the colder months, with many traditional markets springing up, as well as a number of winter festivals to explore.
For example, November sees the start of the People Festival, or the Festival dei Popoli. Established in 1959, the event is designed to celebrate the world of international documentary filmmaking. Currently regarded as one of the most prominent festivals of its kind, each year sees a variety of films screened around Florence, which focus on people from across the globe. Audiences are invited to view the documentaries, as well as participate in discussions with professionals in the field.
Winter in Florence is another experience not to be missed. Lasting for four months, the city is host to a range of events, shows, concerts and exhibitions, which aim to show off all Florence has to offer. Currently in its fifth year, it runs from November to February.
One of the biggest attractions of Winter in Florence is the German Christmas Market, located in the Piazza Santa Croce. Open for a period in December, exhibitors from across Europe flock there to offer their traditional wares.
Of course, no winter trip would be complete without going to see the Christmas tree. Found in the Piazza della Republicca, it is on view from the start of December to the beginning of January and is decorated with over 15,000 lights. A perfect place to go then, for a romantic evening stroll before you return to your hotel!
Winter time in Florence is a magical experience. Therefore, why not treat yourself to an early Christmas present by booking into one of the many hotels in Florence that are available? With so much variety, you can be sure to find one to suit your mood and it will definitely help to put you in the festive spirit!
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