Christmas in Tuscany, experience the festive season in beautiful Tuscany
Tuscany at Christmas time is truly magical. Experience the sights, sounds and delicious smells as you meander through the sparkling streets of Florence, Siena or Lucca. Tuscan art cities with their magnificent medieval palazzos make the perfect festive backdrop for a spot of Christmas window shopping. Make sure you make time to admire the decorated Christmas trees, which adorn the main squares of every Tuscan town and village, and if the air gets a touch chilly retire to a local bar serving delicious hot chocolate and local Tuscan panforte!
You'll be spoilt for choice if you decide to search for that special Tuscan Christmas gift. Apart from designer boutiques and outlet stores, around the festive period there are dozens of Christmas markets selling crafts and foodstuffs.
No Christmas would be complete without a visit to the world famous Ufizzi Gallery, (it's also quieter than during the Summer months!). The beautiful red and gold Maddonas found in some of the oldest parts of the collection are fabulous to view at Christmas and really set the scene. Although Christmas trees have become more popular in recent times, in the not too distant past, nativity scenes both big and small were more common throughout the region. It's possible to visit many of these craftsman made scenes in local churches and town squares (some are even made of local terracotta).
Over the Christmas period, the sound of festive music can be heard in many town squares, churches and concert venues and includes everything from classical concerts to visiting Gospel choirs from abroad. Tuscany makes a superb backdrop to any kind of music but can be an unforgettable experience at Christmas time.
And after a long day in town, why not finish the day in style by relaxing in front of a roaring log fire enjoying a glass of finest Chianti.
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Wake up on Christmas morning in your very own Tuscan Villa, mouthwatering smells wafting through the house as Christmas lunch is prepared. We've put together our suggestions for the perfect Tuscan Festive villa. Whether you are looking for a stylish farmhouse set in beautiful Val d'Orcia, a cool apartment in the bustling centre of Florence or a grand Lucchese villa for you and 40 of your closest friends we hope these suggestions inspire you!
If you are searching for your perfect Tuscan Christmas hidaway and need help choosing, we'd love to hear from you. Get in touch with a Tuscan Villa Expert.
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These are just a few of the many beautiful villas we have on offer, if you don't find your perfect Tuscan Christmas destination here, then please get in touch, we'd be delighted to help you find the ideal villa for your group.
To save you the hassle of trawling the internet for information on things to do in Tuscany at Christmas, we have done it for you (we also have a Tuscany Information Pack, which we send out to every guest) . We hope you find the information useful, if you need any other information to help you plan you Tuscan Christmas Experience then please get in touch.
Note: Some dates are to be confirmed, Remember to double check dates and venues locally before travelling to an event.
As well as the many weekly markets in every town and city in
Tuscany there are also specially held Christmas markets dedicated to
small gifts, xmas decorations and speciality food products from the area. Here are a few suggestions, there are many more,
Please check locally for confirmation of exact times and dates.
FLORENCE - Piazza Santa Croce – 28/29 Nov - 17 Dec
SIENA - Pzza del Campo - 2/3 Dec (plus lots of festive activities during all of Dec and Jan)
AREZZO - various parts of the centre, Tirolese Village - Piazza Grande 18 Nov - 26 Dec
LUCCA - Area del Foro Boario, Via per Camaiore 125, Lucca - 9 /10 Dec
MONTEPULCIANO - Piazza Grande - 18 Nov – 7 Jan
Although Christmas trees are gaining popularity, traditionally, the main focus of Christmas decorations in Italy was the Nativity scene, "presepe" in Italian. Every church has a presepe and they can be found in squares, shops, and other public areas all over Italy.
Displays often go beyond the manger scene and may even include a representation of an entire village. Figures are usually made of wood but other materials such as marble or terracotta are also used. The scene can be minature or life size, mechanical or even living (ie villagers reenact the scene).
Here are a number of places worth visiting during Dec to see a various artistic interpretations of the nativity scene.
Please check locally for confirmation of exact times and dates.
CIGOLI NR SAN MINIATO - Artistic Nativity - 7 Dec - 8 Jan
LONDA NR FLORENCE - Live Nativity - 24 Dec - 6 Jan
PALAZZUOLO SUL SENIO - 1000 Presepe per palazzuolo - 8 Dec - 6 Jan
SAN GIOVANNI VALDARNO - Natale nel Mondo (nativity collection) - 8 Dec - 6 Jan
The Toscana Gospel Festival has been performing in churches, piazzas and other venues throughout Tuscany for more than 20 years. Come along and join in the festive singing. Check out the site here for more details of each concert.
Please check on website and locally for confirmation of exact times and dates of concerts.
Tuscany is famous for its local food and drink. Autumn and Winter are the seasons for a number of delicious products such as olive oil, mushrooms, truffles and chestnuts. Local restaurants offer special seasonal menus, which include such dishes as porcini mushroom risotto, pasta with truffles and chestnut cake. Around Christmas time you have to try local sweets and cakes such as panforte and riccarelli. This is of course the home of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, some of the finest wines in the world. Try the new season's wine at one of the many festivals or a local "enoteca".
We offer a number of food and wine tours, either in Florence city centre or at your villa - just contact us for details.
Florence is the home to much of the world's renaissance art and a visit to the Uffizzi gallery around Christmas time is a special experience. The gallery is closed on Christmas day and New Year's day but open at other times. If you would like us to organise a guided visit for you then please get in touch.
Winter can be a magical time to visit many of Tuscany's most famous sights, less tourist, mild weather and lots of great food and wine. Contact us to organise a guided tour of any of the major towns and cities in Tuscany. We can also combine your sightseeing with wine tasting, shopping and more!
Tuscany has the most thermal spas in all of Italy. You don't need to feel stressed to visit a thermal spring, however you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated after soaking in the hot thermal water. Winter time is the perfect occasion to plan a relaxing day visit. Many of Tuscany's spas are set in breathtaking scenery and most also offer wellness treatments such as mud baths or massages. There are thermal spas to suit most budgets, some of our favourites are (click on the links for more info) -
Remember to check dates locally as things can change last minute.
TUSCANY THIS CHRISTMAS!