Santa Croce Weihnachtsmarkt, the international Christmas market of Florence

Santa Croce Weihnachtsmarkt, the international Christmas market of Florence


The biggest and most significant Florence Christmas market is German instead of Italian; maybe because the snow and the myth of Santa Klaus coming from the North, the Florentines adopted this tradition in a very organic way. But why is not there an Italian Christmas market in Florence? This market reflects mostly the North European character, with handcrafted and gastronomic products coming mostly from Germany but also from France, Poland, The Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

Italy by itself possesses a powerful cultural, gastronomic and craftsmanship richness to have its own Italian Christmas market here in the Tuscan capital. However, the whole market consists of around fifty cabins where the visitant can drink Glühwein (hot wine) and German beer or taste Bratwürste and Lebkuchen (German sausages and biscuits). The ambient is somehow sad and desperate, a completely dispensable experience!
Until December 22, 2019, in Santa Croce Square

Weihnachtsmarkt de Santa Croce, el mercadillo de Navidad internacional de Florencia

Parece que todo el mundo acepta con total naturalidad que el mercado navideño principal de Florencia sea alemán y no italiano. Pero ¿por qué no hay un mercado de Navidad típicamente italiano en Florencia? A pesar de su carácter internacional eminentemente europeo, sorprende que el mercado navideño principal de Florencia esté dedicado a productos artesanales y gastronómicos principalmente de Alemania, pero también de Francia, Polonia, Holanda y República Checa.

Como si Italia no tuviese una riqueza cultural, artesanal y gastronómica lo suficientemente potente y ligada a la Navidad para contar con su propio y exclusivo mercadillo navideño en la capital de Toscana. Este mercado se compone de unas cincuenta cabañas en las que se puede beber Glühwein y cerveza alemana, y comer Bratwürste y Lebkuchen. Algo triste y desesperado bulle en el ambiente… Una experiencia completamente prescindible.
Hasta el 22 de diciembre en piazza Santa Croce

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Paco Neumann

Paco Neumann is a journalist, photographer, proofreader, flâneur and perpetual amateur currently living in between Florence, Berlin, Paris and Tenerife. He´s been a regular contributor to fashion, art, trend and lifestyle magazines and worked for news, advertising and communication agencies

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