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Christmas Lights in Florence, Italy
The Christmas lights in Florence this year are bellissimo! We are in Rome and some streets are decorated with pretty Christmas lights but not quite as many as we thought. Gary and I were noticing that the lights in Florence were spectacular and we decided to hop on the train and spend a few nights.
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Hotel Angelica is our favorite place to stay in Florence when not renting an apartment. Angelina and her husband Giuseppe always make us feel like family. When we booked the hotel, their son Fernando (he works there too) did not tell his parents we were coming as a surprise. It had been 1.5 years since we were in Florence but have stayed in contact with our Send Out Cards. It was a wonderful reunion filled with tears and lots of kisses.
At these years Florence Light Festival a number of monuments and piazzas are dressed in colorful lights including video mapping projections. It includes light games, artistic installations, and educational activities all over the city. The light show will run from December 8, 2018, until January 6, 2019. Here are just a few photos just for you to get the idea of just how beautiful the streets of Florence are right now:
This year’s theme is The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci and marks the 500th anniversary of his death. There are a number of special events in Florence in 2019 to celebrate Leonardo.
The Ponte Vecchio bridge was one of the video mapping projections that we saw. Here are a few photos from this show. It really was quite amazing.
The focus of the Florence Light Festival is always that light is a source of universal energy. It is the illumination of the mind, the thought that overcomes the limits of knowledge, to dare the new, to experiment, and to innovate.
Some of the monuments that are highlighted are:
- The Ponte Vecchio
- Palazzo Vecchio
- Palazzo Medici Riccardi
- Piazza Santa Maria Novella
- Piazza Santo Spirito
Santa Maria Novella
The tree in front of Santa Maria Novella was a show stopper. Technically not a tree but a tree shape, the colors were amazing. Unfortunately, the photos don’t do it justice!
Other Sites Around Town
The la Rinascente store was decked out. This is the same store we had espresso on the rooftop terrace for amazing views of Florence.
We even found a bride and groom walking the streets!
This light festival was promoted by the City of Florence and organized by MUS.E, under the artistic direction of Sergio Risaliti.
Gary and I wish you and your family a very happy holiday season and a very happy New Year!