All we really want this Christmas is the beginning of the end of the pandemic and a return to—or rather of—Florence. We miss our imperfect city’s pep, the myriad museums and avid art worshipping, the clattering of pans in kitchens and chatter over vino rosso. Life in the Tuscan capital is not the same, with businesses shuttered, livelihoods in tatters and piazzas bare. But Christmas is here and lights still daintily span the narrow streets and adorn landmarks as the F-Light Festival presses on regardless. This issue of The Florentine is out on December 3.