If you're looking to take advantage of the long December and New Year holidays and treat yourself to a holiday, here we give you some Tuscan travel suggestions. Immerse youself in the Christmas atmosphere!
As every year, Florence dresses up in lights for F-light, which this year also has a new name: Green Line (December 7-January 8) will give new colors to urban spaces thanks to video-mapping, projections, light shows and art installations. In this edition, new content will be added to the large light installations, such as events in active citizenship places and museums, to offer insights related to topical issues such as ecology, sustainability, climate change and energy saving. Don't miss the Percorsi a lume di torcia at Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Medici Riccardi and Santa Maria Novella, to explore museums and their wonders in a special atmosphere.
Classical music lovers can delight in the concerts of the Orchestra della Toscana, which offers concerts and operas in various locations around the city, and the traditional Christmas Concert, which, from December 20 to 24, will touch down in a different city each night: starting with Pisa and ending with Florence on Christmas Eve afternoon.
The Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is a magical place to spend a festive day of excellent music and enchanting stagings. The Christmas Concert will be held on December 22, while on December 31 at 6 p.m. you can attend the New Year's Eve Concert and then continue the evening with dinner, which can be purchased along with the show ticket.
In terms of opera, however, G. Verdi's Don Carlo will be staged from December 27 to January 8.
Sports enthusiasts and mountain lovers in Tuscany will find many ways to have fun. There are high-altitude ski slopes in Abetone, Zum Zeri, Garfagnana and on Monte Amiata, as well as many other fun activities for the whole family such as snowshoeing in the snowy forests.
In Lunigiana, leaving the Apennine passes which are easily accessible by car, there are many itineraries for both the more experienced winter walkers or for those approaching snow hiking for the first time.
Amiata also offers routes of all types and difficulty to discover the snowy face of Europe's largest beech forest.
At Abetone, you can choose routes which are halfway up the coast or along the ridge, enjoying vast views that go from the Alps to the sea. One of the most popular routes is undoubtedly the one that leads to the Libro Aperto, one of the symbolic mountains of the area.
With its prestigious establishments and natural pools, Tuscany is a true spa paradise in Italy.
From Lunigiana, with its caves and springs that are rich in mineral salts, to the Cascate del Mulino in Maremma, one of the most spectacular feats of nature are the healing waters of Tuscany which flow among hills, gullies and forests, including through Valdichiana, Val d'Orcia and in the Terre di Siena, and even near to the sea of Versilia and the Costa degli Etruschi.
These sources that are known since ancient times have even been frequented by well-known names such as poets Byron and Shelley, and musicians Paganini and Puccini who visited the thermal baths of Bagni di Lucca. Pope Pius II Piccolomini is known to have visited Bagno Vignoni, and also Saint Catherine of Siena and Lorenzo the Magnificent.
Today in Tuscany there are about thirty establishments dedicated to wellness: health care but also beauty treatments and sensory pathways, surrounded by dreamy landscapes.
Don't miss the charming Christmas markets in the squares of Tuscany where you can buy gifts, sip a glass of mulled wine or bring children to meet Santa Claus.
Siena hosts the Mercato nel Campo, the historical re-enactment of the "Mercato Grande" in Piazza del Campo, with more than 140 exhibitors selected as spokespeople for the excellent food, wine, arts and crafts of the Sienese territory, as well as other typical Italian products.
In Florence, Piazza Santa Croce traditionally is home to the Weihnachtsmarkt, the Christmas market featuring over fifty stands with the characteristic wooden huts displaying artistic handicrafts and traditional foods from all over Europe.
To end the year on a sweet note and sprinkle your holidays with icing sugar, there's nothing better than a traditional Christmas dessert.