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Ferris wheel in Florence

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

Florence, 2 December 2022 - A new great success is expected for the Christmas Ferris wheel in Florence. One of the great attractions for the holidays in the Tuscan capital is back. It is 55 meters high and is confirmed as the highest in Italy last year. from the top it give the possibility to see al the town, and monument like the Dome made Brunelleschi in the center of Florence. The wheel is inserted in the Christmas village in the gardens of the Fortezza da Basso.Christmas 2022, the prices of panettone and pandoro There is also an ice skating rink, which is also making a big comeback. The wheel lights up in many different colors thanks to special LEDs and will be active every day. Another great success is expected. The energy it uses is green, for the lowest possible environmental impact. How much does it cost to decorate a Christmas tree. The wheel will remain active until January 15, 2023. And we must be sure that many will want to take a ride. From the top of the wheel, the view of Florence is breathtaking. The Ferris wheel will be open every day from 10am to midnight.

Prices are confirmed: these are the same figures as in 2021.

full ticket 12 euros reduced ticket (children under 10) 7 euros free ticket for children under 2, the handicapped and their companion.

reduced ticket for residents of the municipality of Florence 10 euros

family ticket (2 adults plus 2 children up to 10 years old) 34 euros

family ticket (2 adults plus a child up to 10 years old) 28 euros

school offer weekdays, until 2.00 pm,

students 5 euros, teacher free.

Information and reservation for ice skating : +39 334 803 4747.

Fortezza da Basso is a fort inserted in the fourteenth century walls of Florence. Its official name is the Fortress of Saint John the Baptist (Fortezza di San Giovanni Battista). In modern times it is home to numerous conferences, concerts and national and international exhibitions, such as Pitti Immagine. Its total area is nearly 100,000 square meters.

The construction of the Fortezza da Basso was ordered by Alessandro de’ Medici and built between 1534 and 1537 on a project by Pier Francesco da Viterbo and Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, well-known military architects of the time. Initially, it was called Castello Alessandria and only after the construction of the Belvedere Fort in 1600 did it begin to be named Fortezza da Basso (because it was located on the plain while the Forte del Belvedere was located in the hills).

The reason for the construction is linked to the terrible episode of the siege of 1529-30, which caused thousands of deaths among soldiers and civilians.

To ensure control of the city, the Medici decided to build the military fortress that was to provide accommodation for the troops, refuge for the rulers in case of revolt, intimidate the Florentines, and extinguish any idea of​a Republic with its majesty.

In the Lorraine period, other buildings were built such as the building for the officers and a theater.

During the period in which Florence was the capital of Italy, its moats were leveled and most of the walls were buried.

Starting from 1967, a long restoration and adaptation of the Fortress was undertaken as the site of the Florentine exhibition center.

Lat year the Superintendence created some problems because the Florentine Ferris wheel was to big and to close to Fortezza da Basso one of the most important historical building in the town of Florence.

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