Holiday time here in Italy begins right away. Though Halloween has become more popular in the last few years, there are not very many public Thanksgiving festivities. Even with the various group dinners being planned across the city, they wouldn’t stand in the way of the lights going up as expected in mid-November. Every street will soon be covered in twinkling decorations in every imaginable design. It is one of our favorite parts of the holiday season here in Florence. There is nothing quite like an evening stroll in December under the lights, followed by a warm cioccolata calda. Sigh.