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Christmas and New Year holidays in Tuscany
Lights, music, markets and skiing: ideas on how to spend the holidays

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!

Lights and music in the city
Video mapping at Ponte Vecchio- Credit:  Salvatore Bruno

Each year, Florence dresses up with lights on the occasion of F-light, the festival that gives new colours to urban spaces with video-mapping, projections, light shows and artistic installations. The event is among the most important of its kind in Italy, and has become a reference point in Europe.

Many cities host special night events, projections, artistic illuminations.

Lovers of classical music can delight in the concerts by the Orchestra della Toscana, who perform concerts and operas in various locations.

The Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is another magical place for a festive evening.

Fun in the mountains
- Credit:  Daniele Bettazzi

Sports enthusiasts and mountain lovers in Tuscany will find many ways to have fun. There are high-altitude ski slopes in Abetone, Zum Zeri in Lunigiana 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. The Amiata also offers routes of all kinds and difficulties to explore the largest beech forest in Europe while it's covered in snow. 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.

Relax at the spa
Terme Theia, Chianciano Terme- Credit:  Stefano Cannas

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 Etruscan Coast. 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, there are about 30 establishments in Tuscany where you can dedicate yourself to the well-being of your body and take a break from the hectic pace of everyday life. You'll find health care as well as beauty treatments and sensory paths, all immersed in dreamy landscapes.

Christmas markets
Christmas Market in Santa Croce square, Florence- Credit:  Alessandro Farese

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", with over 140 exhibitors selected as spokespersons for the agri-food, oenological, artistic and artisanal high-quality products 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.

It doesn't end here: we invite you to check out our article dedicated to the Christmas markets where you'll find many other events to experience the magic of the holidays in Tuscany.

To end the year on a sweet note and sprinkle your holidays with icing sugar, there's nothing better than a traditional Christmas dessert.

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