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Florence in January | The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Florence

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Far from the holiday crowd and its banter, Florence in January is the unexplored winter wonderland that not a lot of travelers have discovered yet. With the new year warming up in the city, you’re most likely to find it bubbling with exciting workshops and folkloristic events that are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Grabbing a chair at one of its outdoor cafes or enjoying a plateful of pasta are just some of the activities that you can enjoy in Florence in January.

What makes Florence in January special?


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Florence in January

After the euphoria of the festivities in Florence passes it by, the low-season commences from January onwards, making it a relatively peaceful time to visit. With little to no crowds on the streets, there’s a good chance of getting yourself cheap accommodation and shorter queues.
The month also calls for festivities on the occasion of the Feast of Epiphany on January 6th. If you’re lucky, you may also be able to catch a peek of its nativity scenes that are often around until early January.
Florence in January will acquaint you with soulful live music and classical orchestral performances as well. Taking a stroll across its parks can also land you at one of their outdoor concerts! With the city free from its touristy activities, you’re free to explore its well-known museums as well as art galleries minus the crowds.

Weather in Florence in January


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Expect a good amount of frost and frigid temperature in Florence, which ranges from 3 to 7 degrees Celsius. While the chances of it snowing in Florence are extremely rare, the chilly weather is a good enough reason to bundle up warm. Untimely rainfall tends to make its appearance on cloudy days — so having an umbrella at hand is a must.

Florence in January : Things to Do


1

Walking Food & Art Tour

Florence in January


There’s no better way to get to know a city than through its food. Put on your walking shoes and explore Florence with an intimate tour of its markets. Sip on the local wines and dig into some delicious food on your way during the tour. An immersive culinary experience, this walking tour lets you learn about the traditions and the historical backstory of Florence.

Timings
The tour begins at 9:30 AM

Location

Kiosk , Firenze, Italy
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2

Uffizi Gallery

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Best known for its Renaissance-era artworks, the opulent Uffizi Gallery of Florence is a popular attraction amongst tourists. The gallery is open to visitors between Tuesday to Sunday. However, do keep in mind that the Uffizi Gallery remains closed to the public on Mondays.

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

Location

Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
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Priority Entrance Tickets to the Uffizi Gallery
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3

Palazzo Pitti

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The Palazzo Pitti is best known for the impressive collection of art and historical exhibits that are housed within the premises. Comprising eight large museums within the enclave, the Palazzo Pitti gives visitors a glimpse of the lavish lifestyle of the aristocrats that called it home for several centuries.

Location

Piazza de' Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
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4

Boboli Gardens

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Originally designed for the Medici family, the landscaping Boboli Gardens were opened to the public in 1766. Home to a variety of plants and sculptures, the 111-acre sprawling gardens are considered as the finest example of Italian gardens. The Boboli Gardens have served as a source of inspiration for several European courts.

Location

Piazza de' Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
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5

Florence Duomo

Florence in October - Florence Duomo


An iconic symbol of Florence, the Duomo is one of the most recognizable cathedrals in the world. Climb its dome for stunning panoramic views of Florence.

Timings

    Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
    Saturdays: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    Sundays: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location

Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Italy
Getting There ›

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€37.8
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€50
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€19
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6

Accademia Gallery

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Among the finest museums in Florence, The Galleria dell’Accademia is a sprawling two-floored gallery that houses some of the greatest pieces of art by Michelangelo.

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

Location

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

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€17.2
Accademia Gallery Guided Tour With Skip The Line T...
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€30.6
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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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€85
Florence City Tour + Accademia and Duomo Guided Tour
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€57
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7

Florence Segway Guided Tour

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Looking for a fun and eco-friendly way to tour Florence? Hop on a Segway and explore the city on a 3-hour tour of the most popular sights and attractions. The tour also features a guide who will make sure you’re trained well beforehand.

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

8

Day trip to Siena

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Home to some of the most piquant wines across Tuscany, Siena is well worth an extended visit. Embark on a day trip while exploring other scenic attractions including the Cathedral of Siena, Palio Museum, Monteriggioni as well as the Oratory. Don’t miss out on a chance to sample four authentic wines at a well-known winery during your visit.

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

Location

53100 Siena, Province of Siena, Italy
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Florence in January : Events to Look Out For


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New Year's Day

Capodanno or New Year’s Day is a holiday in Florence. With museums, restaurants, and shops being closed for the day — it is a great time to set off exploring the quiet vicinity of Florence. If you’re not someone who likes to keep it low-key, you may visit Palazzo Vecchio — which is open on all days.

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The Epiphany

Celebrated on 6th January, The Epiphany is a national holiday in Florence. The holiday features ‘Befana’ the friendly witch at the square, monuments, and churches — descending upon to treat children with sweets and small goodies. The festival brings a lot of locals together and is commemorated with great pomp in Florence.

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The Ride of the Magi

Also known as the La cavalcata dei Re Magi, many gather to enjoy the spectacle of the arrival of the Magi — which includes the wise men and their cavalcade as they make their way from Palazzo Pitti to Piazza Duomo where they greet a harmonious Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

Image Courtesy:Petit Studio Duomo Florence

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Fortezza da Basso

The Medici Fortress comes alive in the third week of January with numerous shops. You will find a lot of special collectibles at this pop-up market. Beginning from 9 am onwards till 7:30 in the evening, you can scout for knick-knacks to your heart’s content.

Image Courtesy:Florence Biennale

What to eat?


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Pizza

A delicacy that needs no introduction, the quintessential pizza is a must-have in Florence. Available in both restaurants as well as in smaller street shops, the iconic Margherita pizza was named after Queen Margherita. We recommend trying the delicious pizzas at
Where to order: Melloo and Livio Pizzeria Napoletana.

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Lampredotto

A folk dish with great historical significance, Lampredotto is made using tripe, boiled in broth and served with a sandwich. Lampredotto is available almost anywhere and is considered as a local favorite in Florence. Whether you prefer it with spicy red sauce or minty green, this should be on your bucket list.

Image Courtesy:Lucarelli

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Lasagna

An all-time favorite, Lasagna is another sought after dish in Florence and is and it is essentially made using homemade pasta sheets stuffed with Ragu — a meat sauce béchamel sauce, and cheese which is ideally Mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano or a combination of two. However, as compared to the Lasagna made in the USA, it is prepared differently and it generally uses very little tomato sauce.

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Crostini

Widely recognized for being a popular appetizer, Crostini is made using Tuscan bread topped with different sauces, purees, or vegetable salsas. Easily available at any restaurant, the dish often has bread with assorted toppings.

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Tiramisu

You’re bound to find Tiramisu in every menu card across Florence, as this international favorite is said to have originated from the city. Made using soft simple mascarpone cheese and ladyfingers that are soaked in coffee, the tiramisu is known for its several variations, but the basic one is often the one that is preferred by locals and tourists alike.

Florence Essentials in January


Weather

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Weather in Florence in January is chilly, and is often accompanied by erratic rain. While it doesn’t normally snow in the city, there’s a chance for the temperature to dip below zero during the early mornings and late evenings.

Where to Stay in Florence in January

Depending on your budget, you can stay either within the historical centre, the residential area or in the relative quiet of the countryside.
The historical centre has all the main attractions of Florence so staying here would ensure that everything is within walking distance.

What to Pack

As the winter season continues to persist, it is essential to carry abundant warm clothes during your visit to Florence. Keep an umbrella handy as the city tends to receive untimely showers. Have sturdy boots that can withstand rain or hail. Carry winter gear to make sure you’re the chilly weather does not affect you.

Getting Around

Getting around in Florence could be difficult, as some parts of the town have limited access. While walking is the most sought after way of commuting in the city, some also prefer renting a two-wheeler to get around. Apart from this, you may also opt for cab-sharing and buses, which can be easily found in the city. Bus tickets in Florence can also be purchased from local shops, and are available at a discounted rate when compared with their original cost onboard. According to your stay, you can choose to buy a bus pass that is valid for up to three days.

Tips to visit Florence in January


With favorable weather conditions, it is a good idea to take some trips to the countryside. You can book your tickets in advance via Headout to avail some exciting combos.

  • If you’re looking forward to taking some souvenirs back home, make sure you scout for pop up markets that are still around in January.
  • January brings a lot of open-air concerts and free orchestral performances that you simply shouldn’t miss.
  • Winter season will mean it gets dark quicker than usual. Get a night tour ticket to watch the illuminated city like never before!
  • Look out for winter discounts at many-a-hotels and restaurants.

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