Via de’ Tornabuoni was the first of Florence’s streets to switch on the Christmas lights according to the thoroughfare’s full-on opulence. The 16th-century Mercato del Porcellino quickly followed suit with lights displaying the city’s emblem, the lily. The length of via dei Calzaiuoli is lit up with starry baubles and via del Corso dangles baubles that resemble Christmas puddings.

Starting from December 8th, 2019 to January 6th, 2020, in conjunction with the lighting of the large Christmas tree in Piazza Duomo, the Tuscan capital will host F-Light, an interesting Festival of lights that will last until January 6, 2020.

Over 15 places in Florence – the symbol monuments, the most beautiful squares, but also the neighborhoods outside the center – will light up with projections of various types (including the now inevitable videomapping) and light games, but there will also be space for cultural activities and meetings.

The theme chosen for 2019/2020 is “Moon” and will therefore be inspired by the Moon. More details are here: http://www.flightfirenze.it/en/ 

Obviously the Ponte Vecchio will be among the protagonists of the event, with a videomapping that takes up the theme of migration, focusing on the global refugee crisis.

Also in Piazza Santo Spirito, the loggia del Porcellino, the Tower of Arnolfo of Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the Tower of San Niccolò, the Museum of the Twentieth century, the Basilica of San Lorenzo, the palace of the Chamber of Commerce, Piazza Santa Maria Novella and the Central Market will offer perspectives and stimuli for reflection.

Taking advantage of the festival (promoted by the city of Florence and organized by Mus.e), as always a city monument will be equipped with a new permanent lighting.

Finally, in the same period of the festival, between December and January, Florence also hosts the traditional Christmas markets.


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