Piazza della Repubblica in Firenze lit lit for Christmas

TRAVEL PHOTO: Christmas In Florence

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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.

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Nick Nomi


Nick is a writer, photographer and musician, who, after working for years in the fashion and creative industries as an editor and writer, gave up the office life to travel long term and write about it. He started Europe Is Our Playground to showcase unique experiences in Europe through story driven narratives & candid photography. Currently back in London.

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