I’m nominating the city of Florence, Italy for the most imaginative use of Christmas lights. Last year the south end of Via Tornabuoni was lined with illuminated olive trees. Each tree was encircled with a wire cage and covered with sheer white fabric and lit from below. The effect was nothing of short of awesome.
This year’s F.Light, (Firenze Lighting Festival) will illuminate some of the architectural icons of the city during the Christmas season. Curtains of sparkling lights, 3-D video projections and a digital mosaic will create a spectacular view of the city with innovative lighting technologies designed to dazzle.
Although Italians do not celebrate Thanksgiving Day, more restaurants are catering to the definitive American holiday with Italian inspired Thanksgiving feasts. Thanksgiving Day menus in Italy range from the familar to the flamboyant as in this bountiful feast at Il Palagio Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze.
Flan di Topinambur with truffle fondue and quail eggs
Seared scampi with chestnut cream and artichokes salad with balsamic vinegar
Parmesan cheese risotto with black pepper and duck breast with orange
Traditional turkey stuffed with herbs, cranberry sauce and glazed sweet potatoes
Pumpkin bavarese with amaretti and crunchy pumpkin seeds
Coffee and friandises