The Major Holidays in Tuscany
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Spending some time in Tuscany is always incredible, but visiting Tuscany during the Christmas holidays or to spend Valentine’s Day in the most romantic place in the world is certainly an unforgettable experience.
The December holidays in Tuscany begin on December 8th, when Italy celebrates the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary with a national holiday. This is the first real day of the holiday season. For most families this is when the Christmas decorations are finally dragged out of the attic and Christmas trees are decorated.
Around this time of the year, when the olive harvest frenzy is finally over, the first traditional holidays’ sweets start to appear: nothing speaks of the holidays better than a delicious piece of freshly baked panforte proudly on display in a bakery!
New Year’s Eve in Tuscany is also fun. There are many ways in which people celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of a new one, but the most popular ways are either with a “cenone“, literally “a big dinner” (… and it most certainly is: it can last 6 hours!), or in the squares where most cities organize street parties and concerts, usually for free.
The holidays are officially over on January 6th, that is on the Epiphany. This is the last religious festivity of the Christmas celebrations and traditionally it is a great day for kids, who wake up to find stockings filled with candies and small presents hanging from their parents or grandparents’ fireplaces. A way to make going back to school on the following day a bit sweeter!
In February, Tuscany is one of the most appreciated destinations to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Taking your significant other to Tuscany on Valentine’s Day is certainly one of the most romantic presents one can give. Many people choose this holiday to propose: nothing is better than coming back to Tuscany, where the question was popped while looking at the gentle rolling hills, as husband and wife to celebrate significant anniversaries!
A good time to discover the rhythms of life in Tuscany is the Easter holidays. In a country where the catholic traditions are still largely observed, Easter is one of the times of the year that offers many interesting folklore events. In the cities, old traditions hardly survive, but in small villages like ours, events such as the Good Friday’s procession are the center of the locals’ lives.
If you would like to experience the holidays in Tuscany and stay at Casina di Rosa, send us a message today!
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