The official Christmas lights switch on in Florence doesn’t start until the 8th of December, the feast of the Immaculate Conception – a public holiday in Italy. On that day the Christmas trees around the city will be switched on – with the main event taking place at The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fior – whose huge tree is already casting a long yuletide shadow across Firenze’s impressive duomo. At the same time a large variety of exhibitions and events exploring various themes of light will begin with photopgraphy exhibitions, light-themed activities and with light shows across the fronts of churches and even on the city’s central market – The Florence Light Festival.
However, the city is already lit with christmas lights of all shapes – from the beautiful traditional lights strung across Via Tournabuoni to the brightly-lit façade of Rinascente in Piazza della Repubblica – which is what you see in the above image. The city is already pleasingly festive.
Christmas in Florence is so far proving to be a slightly more laid back affair then what I’ve been used to in northern Europe – though Firenze has made some good choices when it comes to its christmas lights – wonderfully old-fashioned – and completely bereft of the god-awful advert laden crap that is tacked to London’s Oxford Street (go to New Bond Street for the best christmas decor in London) – making it a pleasure to simply stroll to take in the ambience.
This image of Florence at Christmas is one in a series of travel photos that we will post to highlight the unique, less explored aspects of travel. Click here to see the whole series.