Visiting Florence in December – The Definitive Guide

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Call it Firenze or Florence, the essence of this ethereal city remains the same. Located on the banks of the Arno River, Florence is a city that offers exquisite art that manifests itself in stunning architecture, avant-garde fashion and delectable cuisine. The home of world-class galleries like Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery, it was also the seat of the Medici family. The city is also the heart of the Tuscan region and is known for its variety of wines and traditional cuisine that is both rustic yet sumptuous. In December, Florence experiences cold weather but without the ravages of snow and ice. It is a great destination for those seeking rest and relaxation in the frenzy of holidays. Here is a guide on things to do in Florence in December and tips on planning your itinerary.

What makes Florence in December a must-visit?


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Here are some reasons why you should consider visiting Florence in December:

  • Snow-less Winters – While snow can make Christmas feel magical, the chill and cold accompanying it is not everybody’s cup of tea. It is why the pleasant December weather of Florence can be a welcome change! There are a few rainy days and a hint of frost but December in Florence is generally snow-free. The weather is great for exploring without bundling up in layers of clothing.
  • Fewer Tourists – It is low season in Florence in December as most international tourists spend the holidays at home. This gives you the chance to explore the art galleries and museums at your own pace and without the rush of long queues.
  • Low Season Perks – Accommodation rates take a dip during December in Florence, as there is lesser demand. You can also enjoy the Christmas festivities with the locals and spend time exploring the city without the tourist throngs. It is the best time of the year to enjoy Florence like a local!

Florence Weather in December


Florence enjoys a subtropical climate throughout the year which means it is one of the warmer European cities in December. The sun is still shining and the average day time temperature is around 11°C, while it goes down 3°C during the nights. Rainfall is lesser than previous months, around 10 days of the month and a scant forecast of snow.

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Florence in December : Things to Do


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Uffizi Gallery

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The Uffizi Gallery is synonymous with Florence and is one of the biggest art galleries in the world. Everyone who visits the city makes it a point to view the wealth of Italian Renaissance artwork in the gallery. In December, there is an exhibition on the Wooden Ceilings of Florence.

December Timings
Tuesday – Sunday: 8:15 AM – 6:50 PM

Location

Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Getting There ›

Priority Entrance Tickets to the Uffizi Gallery
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Skip The Line to Uffizi Gallery - Guided Tour
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Florence Duomo

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The skyline of Florence is crowned by Dome of the Church of Santa Maria del Fiore. One of the largest churches in Europe, the dome is still the largest brick dome in the world! Visit the cathedral and take a walk up the staircase of the Duomo to view the expansive landscape of Florence.

December Timings

  • Cathedral –
  • Monday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
    Sunday: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

  • Dome –
  • Monday – Saturday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
    Sunday: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location

Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Italy
Getting There ›

Florence Duomo: Skip the Line Tour with Cupola Climb
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€42
Exclusive Tour of Florence Duomo with Dome and Sec...
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€50
VIP Tour: Accademia & David Tour + Duomo Tour with...
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€105
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€22
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€85
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Accademia Gallery

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Art lovers will find themselves ecstatic over the wealth of paintings and sculptures in the Accademia Gallery. David by Michelangelo, The Rape of the Sabine Women by Giam bologna, and Coronation of the Virgin are just some of the must-see exhibits at the Accademica Gallery.

December Timings
Tuesday – Sunday: 8:15 AM – 6:50 PM
Closed on Mondays.

Location

Via Ricasoli, 58, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Getting There ›

Priority Entrance Tickets to the Accademia Gallery
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€20
Accademia Gallery Guided Tour With Skip The Line T...
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€36
Skip The Line Access to the Accademia Gallery with...
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€41
Skip The Line Guided Tour to Uffizi + Accademia Ga...
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€99
Skip The Line - Uffizi and Accademia Galleries wit...
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€95
Florence Wonders Walking Tour With Accademia - Ski...
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€46
Morning Guided Florence City Tour & Priority Acce...
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€67
Skip The Line to Uffizi & Accademia Galleries + Fl...
from
€104
Florence Duomo, Uffizi and Accademia Galleries Ful...
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€85

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Boboli Gardens

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The Boboli Gardens are one of the best landscaped palace gardens in Europe and are located behind the Pitti Palace. It is a wonderful open air museum of sorts with ancient and Italian statutes, sculptures, fountains and grottos decorating the lawns. In December, you will have fewer tourists leaving you with time to explore the artwork peacefully.

December Timings
Every day: 8:15 AM – 4:30 PM

Location

Piazza de' Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
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Palazzo Pitti

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The Pitti Palace was the home of three generations of Royal families – Medici Family, The House of Lorraine-Habsburg, and the Kings of Italy of the House of Savoy. Today, the palace has been turned into a museum which showcases the treasury, wardrobe, art collection and the apartments of the royals.

December Timings
Tuesday – Sunday: 8:15 AM – 6:50 PM

Location

Piazza de' Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
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Florence Segway Guided Tour

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Give your feet a rest and enjoy gliding across the UNESCO World Heritage Site – the historic city centre of Florence. The unique Segway tour is led by a professional tour guide who narrates the stories of the city and its monuments.

December Timings
Tour runs daily at 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM

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Walking Food & Art Tour

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Florentine cuisine is unique and quite different from the typical Italian cuisine. Learn the difference and sample a variety of food products from the region in the local markets of San Lorenzo. That's not all; you will be accompanied by a guide who will also give you the low down on the monuments you will cross on your tour.

December Timings
Tour runs Monday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 9:00 AM

Location

Kiosk , Firenze, Italy
Getting There ›

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Day Trip to Pisa

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Pisa is just about 90KM away from Florence, making it a great day trip destination. In December, the tourist crowds are thinner, making a visit a relaxing affair. You can also combine a visit to Pisa with other towns like Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca and Forte dei Marmi.

December Timings
Depends on the chosen tour

Location

Provincia di Pisa, Italy
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Florence in December : Events to Look Out For


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Feast of the Immaculate Conception

8th December 2019
It is a National Holiday in Italy and marks the start of the Christmas season. Florentines spend the day decorating their homes for the holiday season and the big Christmas tree in the Piazza del Duomo is lit up on this evening. Nativity scenes and Christmas trees are put up across all major landmarks in Florence.

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F-Light: Firenze Light Festival

8th December 2019 – 6th January 2020
The Florence Light Festival is a spectacular event that lights up the centre of the city, especially the Ponte Vecchio area. Light artists from around the world come together to create displays that narrate stories and bring forth new ideas to the ancient architecture of Florence.

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Firenze Winter Park

All Through December
Snow and Ice might be a rarity across Florence in December but worry not, you can still enjoy the thrills of ice skating at the Firenze Winter Park. The venue is beside the Arno River and you can various ice activities and have a fun time with the family at the many food and activity stalls.

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Christmas Markets

All Through December
The biggest Christmas Market in Florence is held in the Piazza Santa Croce, where you can find everything from handmade crafts to food products. The other exciting markets are Fierucola dell'Immacolata (December 8th in Piazza Santissima Annunziata) and Fierucolina di Natale (December 16th in Piazza Santo Spirito).

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What to Eat in Florence in December?


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Zuppa Di Fagioli

A traditional dish of the Tuscan region, this soup is found in most restaurants in Florence. A bean soup, the recipe also calls for farro, a local type of wheat. The hearty soup includes borlotti beans, farro, pancetta and vegetables like celery and carrots. It is a perfect appetiser for a winter meal.
Where to order: Del Fagioli

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Schiacciata

A cousin of the Focaccia bread, the Schiacciata is Florentine bread that can be had on its own or as a side dish. The best type of Schiacciata is the thin crust that is had straight out of the oven and drizzled with olive oil and a dash of salt. An ideal snack to have on the go while exploring Florence!
Where to order: All' Antico Vinaio

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Pollo al Burro

This will end up becoming your favorite type of Chicken, once you have had a taste of this! The Pollo al Burro is chicken roasted with delicious butter, the golden chicken is then seasoned with pepper, lemon, salt, garlic and parsley leaves. A simple but heavenly dish, it is the best comfort food for winters.
Where to order: Trattoria Sostanza

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Ribollita

The Ribollita soup is just what you need to warm you up on a cold December night in Florence. The Tuscan speciality is essentially a bread soup that is cooked with cannellini beans, lacinato kale, cabbage, carrots, beans, chard, potatoes and onions till it becomes a thick stew.
Where to order: Trattoria Mario

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Zuccotto

Forget the gelato, dig into this yummy Florentine dessert called as the zuccotto. Legend goes that this semi-circular upside down dessert is inspired by the dome of the Duomo! The liquer-soaked sponge cake is served with a chocolate ganache and almonds, toffee and candied fruit.
Where to order: Trattoria da Garibardi

Florence Essentials in December


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Florence Weather in December

The city of Florence enjoys a crisp and beautiful winter with cool temperatures ranging around 11°C during the day time. The weather is quite temperate and almost no snow is predicted. The days however do get shorter; the sun rises around 7:30 AM and sets around 4:40 PM, giving you almost 9 hours of daylight.

Where to stay in Florence in December

The tourist crowds thin down in Florence in December and you can enjoy big discounts on accommodation rates. Most of the attractions are near the centre of the city and it’s easy to get around using public transport or walking. You can stay in the areas around Piazza San Marco, Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Marina Novella, Oltarno and Santo Spirito. Here are our recommendations for stay in the city –

Getting Around Florence in December

Florence is a relatively small city and you can get around to most places within a walking distance of 15-20 minutes. However, if you wish to give your legs a rest in the wintry season, you can use one of these public transport options in Florence –

  • Bus – ATAF runs electric buses across the city, these are cheap but they may take time to get around.
  • Taxis – In Florence you cannot just hail a cab, you will have to call ahead in time or head to a taxi stand.
  • Trams – There is just one tram line and it doesn’t cover many landmarks.
  • Bikes – This is a great option to get around the city, the service is called Mille Una Bici and you can rent bikes and scooters for short duration.

Tips to Visit Florence in December


  • New Year’s Eve is celebrated in a big way in Florence, and the cherry on top is that many of these events are free of cost! You can enjoy classical music concerts at Piazza della Signoria or the Gospel at Piazza Santissima Annunziata. Other Piazzas where these concerts take place are Piazza del Carmine, and Piazza San Lorenzo.
  • The weather is quite right for a trip to the countryside. Headout has several day trips out of Florence that you can add to your itinerary, including a trip to Pisa, a Cinque Terre day tour, and a visit of the Tuscan countryside to towns like Chianti, Lucca and Forte dei Marmi.
  • European Christmas Classical Music concerts are famous and Florence isn’t behind! The Florence Opera House will play the concerts ‘La Boheme’, ‘Cinderella’ and Shen Yun (Chinese Classicial Dance Show) throughout December.
  • Florence is a great destination to pick up souvenirs for your friends back home. Some items worth buying are Italian ceramics, leather products, truffle products, Tuscan cheeses, wood trays, Florentine handmade paper products, and cameos. You will find most of these in the Christmas Markets running through the month of December.
  • Winter is a great time to climb up the Duomo. There are 500 steps up to the Duomo from where you can view 360 degree panoramic views of the city. It is best to pick an evening slot so that you can watch the sunset and view the Christmas lights come up across town.

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