Florence’s wealth of cultural attractions, stunning architecture and superb shopping makes it a top year-round destination. While it can get very cold in winter, the queues to the city’s leading museums and galleries die down, making it the perfect time to explore the city. Wrap up warmly and enjoy the city’s treasure trove of cafés, galleries and shops. Take a look at the top five things to do in Florence here.
Florence is famous for its wine shops, many of which sell impressive selections of Tuscan vintages. We recommend heading over to La Divina Enoteca to sample some of the best in the city. Learn about the history of local wine or taste a glass or two alongside some irresistible Tuscan food, including platters of cheese and cold meats. It’s the perfect place for warming up after a day exploring the city or seeking some inspiration for Christmas gifts.
La Divina Enoteca, Via Panicale 19R, 50123 Florence, +39 055 292723
Escape the elements this winter and retreat to one of Florence’s historic cafés for a warming coffee and a bite to eat. The city’s cafés have long been popular meeting points and are now among Florence’s best cultural hotspots and a particular highlight of the city. Head over to the Piazza della Repubblica for some of Florence’s oldest and best-loved cafés.
Enjoy Tax Free Shopping in some of Florence’s best stores with Global Blue’s SHOP TAX FREE card. Those looking for luxury Christmas gift ideas should head down to Via de’ Tornabuoni, which is home to a variety of designer stores including Céline, Dior and Bulgari. For top party footwear this season, we recommend checking out the store of local designer brand Aquazzura.
Aquazzura, Lungarno Corsini 42R, 50125 Florence, +39 055 291242
Florence has several impressive open-air Christmas markets, the largest of which is located in Piazza Santa Croce. Traditional wooden huts line the square, with everything from handmade and unique Christmas gifts as well as festive treats such as cinnamon pastries and warming hot drinks on offer.
Go to the ballet
The Teatro Verdi has been playing host to operatic, ballet and orchestral performances in Florence since its opening in 1854, and is a focal point of many popular happenings in the city. This winter the programme includes Tchaikovsky’s much-loved ballet, the Nutcracker. A must see, the performance is sure to put you in a festive spirit.
Teatro Verdi, Via Ghibellina 99, 50122 Florence, +39 055 212320