Weather Averages for Florence in December
Averages for Florence in December
In the Tuscany region of Italy, at the centre of the Provence of Florence, is the capital city of Florence. Florence was once known in the 14th century for creating quality weaved wool, which has been the most important industry in the middle ages for the city. Now, it is tourism that is first in line followed by manufacturing and commerce as source of economic stability for the city.
December is a cold month for Florence as the daytime temperatures highs only get to about 10°C (50°F). It’s still not as cold as January but it can be uncomfortable if one isn’t prepared with the necessary warm clothing.
The evening temperatures can be as low as 2°C (36°F) so warm clothing and a well heated accommodation are extremely important for comfort during a visit in December.
There are fewer tourists in the city of Florence this month and it’s the perfect time to visit and spend the holidays despite cold of the weather. This time of the year, visitors can see and do all of the things there are to do without having to wait in the long lines and deal with the larger crowds of people that are around in the summertime. It’s also a good time of the year for travellers to get extremely good deals on accommodation and on shopping.
It’s cool but not too cold to enjoy strolling along the piazzas and window shopping at the various shops around the city. Many restaurants and bars run specials on food and drinks so it’s also a great time to get acquainted with the many splendid dishes that the Tuscan chefs have created over years. Of course, having a good bottle of wine with a good meal is a must and there’s no better place in Italy to get good wine that in Florence.
The Hotel Alba Palace, just near the Santa Maria Novella cloisters in the centre of the historical district of Florence, is a breathtaking hotel in one of the nicest locations in Florence. Guests will find rooms that are extremely cosy and that the service is nearly unparalleled in the city. The hotel offers room service, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi internet access, a bar and lounge and pets are allowed. This is one of those budget places that doesn’t feel like anything is being skimped on. The location is very central and guests will find traversing the city from the hotel is not at all difficult. There are a number of restaurants and shops located nearby, as well.
December events in Florence
River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival
6th December 2014 to 12th December 2014
The River to River Festival is an annual film festival held each December in Florence, Italy. River to River is the first festival in the world dedicated entirely to films from and about India.
Feast of Immaculate Conception
8th December 2014
On this day, Catholics celebrate the day of the Virgin Mary's conception of Jesus. In Florence at this time, the Fierucolina dell'Immacolata, an art and food fair in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, is typically held. Also, as December 8th is also a national holiday, many businesses may be closed in observance.
8th December 2014
Hanukkah in Florence is celebrated in the Ghetto - the Jewish area of Florence which was the first segregated Jewish community in Europe. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Greeks in the 2nd Century BC.
25th December 2014
You can expect everything to be closed on Christmas Day as Florentines celebrate the most important religious holiday of the year. Of course, there are many ways to celebrate Christmas in Florence, from attending midnight mass at Il Duomo to visiting Christmas crèches around the city.
Saint Stephen's Day
26th December 2014
This public holiday after Christmas is typically an extension of Christmas day, when families venture out to view nativity scenes in churches and visit Christmas markets. The feast day of Santo Stefano is also held on this day and especially celebrated at churches that venerate Saint Stephen.
New Year's Eve
31st December 2014
Just as it is all over the world, New Year's Eve, which coincides with the Feast of Saint Sylvester (San Silvestro), is celebrated with much fanfare in Florence.