|Christmas markets in Florence and the environs|
Christmas is approaching and in both Florence and its province the squares are teeming with markets. Once the prerogative of the northern countries, Christmas street markets are now a big success here as well, and there are numerous to choose from for gift shopping or to see the towns in the territory in an unusual and charming light.
In Florence, the Weihnachtsmarkt, a German word that means Christmas market, has come to Santa Croce Square from the city of Heidelberg for years.
The stands sell decorations for Christmas trees and homes, Christmas cakes such as Stollen accompanied by the restorative Glühwein (mulled wine); visitors will enjoy not only Christmas food but only German food (especially wurst and sauerkraut) at Santa Croce Square from the 27th of November to the 22nd of December.
The Christmas version of the Lungoungiorno artisan market will take place at the SAM space of the Old Convent on the 8th of December. Not to be missed is also the traditional Christmas market of the Italian Red Cross that will be held from the 29th of November to the 1st of December at Obihall.
Good purposes for the FILE Christmas Market (FILE is the Italian Foundation for Alleviating Pain) from the 6 to 8 December.
Exploring the rest of the territory, it is worth remembering that near Florence, at Signa, the Market of Oberdrauburg and Maromme will be held as early as November 23th and 24th. At Scandicci a Christmas market is awaited on December 21 and 22. On the hill of Fiesole a handicraft Christmas market is on December 15.
On the mountains, in the town of San Godenzo, a Xmas market is held on November 24. In the town centre of Firenzuola the market is called Christmas Flakes and takes place on December 15 as well. Wonderful atmospheres at Marradi on two Sundays, December 15 and 22, as well as in Palazzuolo sul Senio for Advent's Magic on December 1st, 8, 15, 22.
Empoli has a market on December 1st and 15; in the surroundings don't forget Vinci on December 8.
At Certaldo the market approaches the Christmas day, on the 22nd, and at Montelupo Fiorentino on December 7 and 8.
In the Mugello area please find Vaglia and San Piero a Sieve on December 7.
Last but not least the Chianti region: San Donato in Poggio has a tiny centre with a market on December 8; Tavarnelle remembers St. Lucia on December 15. The beautiful square of Greve in Chianti hosts markets on December 8 and 15.Find a complete list of Xmas markets here christmas-markets2013.pdf
Happy Christmas time!!!