Whether you’ve been here for days, months or years, one thing we can all agree on is that Florence is a beautiful city that everyone should see. This Christmas, why not give someone that gift and grant them the chance to make unforgettable memories in the Renaissance city.
Where to stay
Surprise your loved ones with tickets ordered and hotels booked for a trip of a lifetime. Selected hotels booked via Destination Florence between November 15 and January 2 for stays between January 8 and February 29 will receive a 10% discount, making this both a great deal and an act of Christmas kindness. Click here for the hotels included in this offer.
What to do
Why not take the stress out of planning for them too by booking the must-sees and must-dos this winter? A walking tour through the fairy-lit streets makes learning about the city’s heritage that little bit more magical. Another special touch? Tours booked for between January 2 and February 29 receive a discount of 15% if booked between November 15 and January 2. The choices tick all the boxes with the options available including ‘Florence in the afternoon’ walking tour with Uffizi visit, a tour of the Royal Residence of Palazzo Pitti, uncovering the many intriguing stories of the Medici family, and a personalised walking tour exploring the main sites with an expert guide. You could even see the streets in a different way by grabbing a bike and cruising through the historic piazzas and narrow streets, stopping for an obligatory sweet treat.
Or why not give them a skill, something they can learn right here in Florence and take with them wherever they go? A traditional Tuscan cooking class with delectable delights served afterwards is the perfect mix of educational and fun. Another option is the Cooking Class and Market tour that makes the most of the Mercato Centrale’s top quality and incredible amount of choice. Select the ultimate gift for theatre lovers by taking advantage of the reduced ticket price from 8 euro to 5 euro for an unforgettable tour of the magnificent Teatro della Pergola.
Where to eat
Tuscan cuisine brings people from all over the world but choosing where to eat among the many restaurants can be overwhelming. Picking is made easier with a 15-20% discount in selected restaurants from December 8 to February 29. Vouchers for Chiostrina, Rubaconte, Boccanegra, Sabatini and Obicà are available through Destination Florence.
What to give
Perhaps your nearest and dearest have already made their way to Florence and you’re looking for something unique to give them. The rich artisanal history of Tuscany means that you’re certainly not short of options. Idea Toscana products are sure to bring joy, allowing your gift receiver to choose their own favourites among the wide range of selfcare products and cosmetics. Or how about some biscuity goodness for the perfect stocking filler? With 160 years of experience behind them, Biscottificio Mattei are sure to provide the ideal treat to celebrate the festive season.
An evening in the Renaissance with Florence Live Theatre
Christmas in Florence
Spending the festive season in Florence doesn’t disappoint. Why not take a seasonal tour of the famed Uffizi gallery with a focus on the nativity? Be guided through the most famous paintings depicting the crib, exploring the political and religious connections. Or mix two firm favourites with a chocolate filled tour of the city, blending the spectacular sights with smooth chocolate. A unique experience awaits with the Florence Live Theatre at Baglioni Relais Santa Croce. Enjoy an aperitif and buffet dinner while the ‘Mandragola’ by Niccolò Machiavelli’s is performed in English. One for film buffs, the highly-anticipated ‘Star Wars’ comes to the Odeon cinema from December 18-24 for something out of this world. And finally, complete your Christmas, and that of those you love, by following the ‘Procession of the Magi’, a majestic parade the male members of the Medici family participated in during the Christmas celebrations. This original private walking tour allows you to experience Florence at its most fascinating with Medici related sites and festive feeling surrounding you on every turn.