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What to do in Florence when the temperatures drop: everything from museums to cooking courses

Temperatures are bone-chilling and there’s a smattering of rain? Florence offers up many options for leisure and entertainment even when things turn frosty. Here are just two ideas.

Florence has over 25 different options, including museums, picture galleries and private art galleries. One of the finest is the Uffizi Gallery, nothing less than Italy’s most famous picture gallery, with works by greats like Giotto, Botticelli, Da Vinci and Michelangelo. The Vasari Corridor, only open by appointment, is also fascinating. This is the historic connection between Palazzo Vecchio, one of Italy’s oldest civic buildings, from the fourteenth century, and Palazzo Pitti. The Basilica of Santa Croce is one of Florence’s finest Gothic churches and the site of hundreds of tombs of celebrated artists, scientists and writers, including Dante, Galileo Galilei, Ugo Foscolo and Michelangelo.

Want to test your skills in the kitchen? “Eataly” offers a wide range of cooking classes, including traditional, “molecular,” vegan and gluten free. Pastries have their own space, and even kids can try it out with workshops made just for them. The “In Tavola” association also offers a varied program of courses focused on regional cuisine.