Christmas lights in Florence

written by Tiana Kai

On December 8th the Mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, lit up the downtown christmas tree in Piazza del Duomo. The tree sits between the church and the baptistry. The best way to see it is to walk from Piazza San Marco or Piazza della Signoria to get the full effect—basically, as long as you’re on Via dei Calzaiuoli you’ll be fine. Here are some of my pics from that night.

walking from Piazza San Marco to Piazza del Duomo


a sea of people on Via dei Calzaiuoli between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica

endless trail of lights on Via del Corso towards Sant’Ambrogio

I prefer Piazza della Repubblica thanks to the Christmas market, the carousel and the department store, Rinascente, all lit up. Plus, there’s more room to breathe.

Ponte Vecchio is always busy

Even though I know Miami will be 80 degrees all Christmas long, there’s nothing like walking around the center of Florence at night. I have neglected the streets of Sant’Ambrogio this month, so I can’t wait to see what lights they have up. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the German Christmas Market at Piazza Santa Croce until Dec. 16th.

Where’s your favorite place to spend Christmas?

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Cassandra December 11, 2012 at 10:21 am

Beautiful pics! I studied abroad for a summer in Florence and am getting nostalgic looking at all these shots of the center. My school was near Piazza della Repubblica and I wish I could stroll the square while it hosted a Christmas market. And that Christmas tree–wow!

Will you be returning to Florida for the holidays?

Tiana Kai December 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

It’s so much colder now than when you studied here during the summer, but I see your are all over Europe, so the cold must suite you! Christmas time is so much fun anywhere, it’s just so great to be here for the whole month and experience it all.

I will be here with my husband’s family and then head to the Alps for New Years. What country will you be in?

Cassandra December 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

The Alps!! Que bello 🙂

I´ll spend Christmas in Madrid and then my boyfriend and I are heading to Porto, Portugal for New Year´s! Have you ever been? It´s a really romantic place, I can´t wait to see it all lit up for the holidays.

Tiana Kai December 12, 2012 at 11:49 am

Wow, I am dying to go anywhere in Portugal. I’ve been to Spain several times, but still not yet to Barcelona! I have a few spots on my wishlist.

Have a great time!!! And thanks for stopping by. 🙂

LindyLouMacinItaly December 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Lovely Christmas scenes from Firenze. 🙂

Leigh December 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Was there a tree there last year at the Piazza Del Duomo. I don’t remember one being there. Or do they move it around the city year to year?

Tiana Kai December 17, 2012 at 10:32 am

Great question. I was here last November, not during Christmas, but I hear that every year is a bit different and some of the amazing lights that are up were not up last year.

Tiana Kai December 17, 2012 at 10:33 am

Grazie Lindy!!!

Anita December 21, 2012 at 11:14 am

Wow this christmas tree looks awesome. In Zürich there is a similar tree in the middle of the train station 🙂 I wish you merry christmas! all the best, Anita

Tiana Kai December 21, 2012 at 11:26 am

Thanks for stopping by Anita. The lights here are insane, they are everywhere!

Merry Christmas to you too!


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