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December 14, 2018

Magic holidays

Christmas and New Year's Eve. Top events at 5 star hotels and best f&b place in Florence

Florence a city is plenty of opportunities during the holidays, from formal to radical chic events: dinner on Christmas Eve, lunch on Christmas, the New Year’s Eve dinner the most glamorous parties and the gourmet brunches of the 1st of the year. To you the choice.

ENOTECA PINCHIORRI
Three Michelin stars. In via Ghibellina, this is the domain of Giorgio Pinchiorri and Annie Féolde, who vaunt one of the largest wine cellars in the world, with 4,000 labels!
Open for dinner on December 27, 28, 29 and 30 (price available upon request).

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL FIRENZE
One of the most exclusive hotels in the heart of Florence, during the holiday season it’s adorned with splendid decorations. Inside, there is the starred restaurant Il Palagio, masterfully run by Vito Mollica.
December 24 - Dinner on Christmas Eve, 160 euro
December 25 - Christmas Lunch and Dinner, 150 euro
December 31 - New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, 390 euro
December 31 - New Year’s Eve Party with a “The Grand Winter Ball” them in the evocative Cave of Lights, with live music, DJ set and fireworks, 390 euro (wines included) until midnight, followed by cash bar

WINTER GARDEN BY CAINO - THE ST. REGIS FLORENCE
Another elegant 5-star hotel, another starred restaurant. In the kitchen, we have Executive Chef Gentian Shehi alongside the multi-starred Tuscan chef Valeria Piccini, who are offering up two elegant menus served in a magical Christmas atmosphere.
December 25 - Christmas Lunch, 135 euro, live music and DJ set
December 31 - Gran Galà, 360 euro, live music and DJ set

IRENE - HOTEL SAVOY
Elegant lounge in piazza della Republica. Traditional dishes with a gourmet twist by head chef Giovanni Cosmai. Everything is overseen by the skilled eye of Fulvio Pierangelini.
December 24 - Dinner on Christmas Eve, 85 euro (wines not included)
December 25 - Christmas Lunch, 90 euro (wines not included)
December 31 - New Year’s Eve Feast, 280 euro (wines not included)
January 1 - New Year’s Day Brunch, 90 euro (wines not included)

THE WESTIN EXCELSIOR FLORENCE
Splendid Renaissance palace and today a lavish hotel. For the holidays, the offers are divided between the Orvm Bar and Restaurant, an unexpected oasis of Art Déco on the lobby floor, and Se·sto on Arno, famous for its spectacular view of the whole city.
December 25 - Christmas Lunch, Se·sto on Arno, 120 euro
December 25 - Christmas Lunch, Orvm, 60 euro
December 31 - Gran Galà on New Year’s Eve, Se·sto on Arno, 300 euro
December 31 - New Year’s Eve Feast, Orvm, 90 euro

J.K. PLACE FIRENZE
An elegant 5-star boutique hotel where guests can enjoy an unforgettable experience of tailor-made hospitality.
December 24 (from 12.30pm to 11pm) and Monday, December 31 (with live music) - à la carte menu, as well as some specials
December 25 - J.K. Christamas Brunch
December 26 - J.K. Boxing Day Brunch
January 1 - J.K. New Year’s Day Brunch
January 6 - Epiphany J.K. Brunch

BORGO SAN JACOPO
An elegant lounge on the Arno with a 1950s-design inspired by the Italian creativity of Salvatore Ferragamo. In the kitchen is the starred Peter Brunel, Executive Chef of all the restaurants belonging to the Lungarno Collection group.
December 31 - New Year’s Eve Feast, menu 280 euro, with paired wines 140 euro

CAFFÈ DELL’ORO
Here, chef Peter Brunel defines traditional regional dishes with simplicity and a touch of originality. Bistro-style offers with an unparalleled view of the Ponte Vecchio.
December 25 - Christmas Brunch, 80 euro
December 31 - New Year’s Eve Feast, menu 180 euro, paired wines 75 euro
January 1 - New Year’s Day Brunch, 80 euro
January 6 - Epiphany Brunch, 80 euro

THE FUSION BAR & RESTAURANT
A one-of-a-kind restaurant where elite local ingredients blend with traditional Japanese and Peruvian ingredients, also under the guidance of chef Peter Brunel.
December 31 - New Year’s Eve Feast, menu 90 euro, paired cocktails 40 euro

LA TERRAZZA
The rooftop bar of the Hotel Continentale, at the top of the medieval tower once belonging to the Consorti family. A dreamlike location for the famous midnight toast, with a view of Ponte Vecchio.
December 31 - Midnight toast with two glasses of champagne and desert, 60 euro

HELVETIA & BRISTOL FIRENZE - STARHOTELS COLLEZIONE
Across from Palazzo Strozzi, an historic residence with timeless charm transformed into a temple of high hospitality with an enchanting winter garden.
December 13 and 20 - Aperitivo and live music while sipping on the signature cocktail Bubble Chianti in front of the fireplace, immersed in a charming Christmas atmosphere, 15 euro (cocktail and finger foods). December 9 and 16 - The Original American Brunch, dishes and high-quality, local products alongside popular American deserts. Entertainment for children and live music. 45 euro, children under 6 years old are free

VILLA CORA
On the hills just outside the center of Florence, an aristocratic villa with a pool and a park with centuries-old trees that dominates over the Boboli Gardens. At the restaurant Le Bistrot, dishes by chef Alessandro Liberatore.
December 25 - Christmas Lunch, Le Bistrot, 130 euro (wines included)
December 25 - Christmas Brunch, throughout the Villa, 175 euro (wines included), live music
December 31 - New Year’s Eve Evening Brunch, 290 euro (wines included), entertainment for children

TRUFFLE EXPERIENCE
Inside NH Collection Porta Rossa, one of the city’s historic hotels, the restaurant for lovers of the prestigious tuber (and not just), by Savini Tartufi.
December 25 - An exclusive Christmas menu, 120-200 euro (wines included)
December 31 - New Year’s Eve Feast, 140-220 euro (wines included)

STROZZI CAFFÈ
In the Renaissance courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi, an elegant and sophisticated setting ideal for a coffee break or a refined dinner; open during the holidays with its usual hours.

COLLE BERETO
One of the most glamourous locations in Florence, in piazza degli Strozzi, where guests can also enjoy a drink or a meal on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

CAFFÈ GILLI
Opened in 1733, one of the most elegant bars in the city. Crystal chandeliers, glass windows and an early 20th-century atmosphere that lends beautifully to the Christmas period.
December 31 - New Year’s Eve Feast with a special à la carte menu

CAFFÈ CONCERTO PASZKOWSKI
An iconic cafe in Florence, famous for its charming music-filled evenings, excellent pastries and more.
December 24 - concert by Cats & Dogs
December 31 - concert by Quei Bravi Ragazzi Swing Band 

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