By David Orr – Writer –
Starting on October 28, and continuing all the way to March 6, the Florence Winter Park returns to Obi Hall. A perennial favorite, the 4th edition brings ice-skating, tubing, and skiing to the banks of the Arno. One can lace up their skates at the newly designed ice-skating rink which has been divided into two areas. There is a small rink specifically designed for beginners or kids, and a primary larger rink – enabling both amateurs, and ex-NHL hockey players laid up in Tuscany to share the same space. The small rink also plays host to the fantastically crazy sport of Broomball (hockey without skates), and families can also book it for birthdays or holidays, ensuring your entire kids’ party is on the verge of falling down at any moment. Also returning is the popular snow-tube track, where one can plummet down a snow-filled ramp on an inner-tube, reaching speeds fast enough to take out the kid who pushed you in the hall at school. In addition to the main track, there is a slower ramp with less elevation, perfect for small children, or adults who are deeply afraid of heights and/or inner-tubes. There are ski lessons for children or beginners, taught by Zari Sauro, and for those with more black-diamond tendencies, there are free-skiing practices from Monday to Thursday from 21:00 – 24:00. After all that activity you can get warm at the ‘Il Rifugio del Ghiottone’, the onsite restaurant which offers a mountain-chalet atmosphere, perfect for large groups or long-bearded travelers writing their manifesto. More importantly, there is a bar next to the slopes which serves hot-chocolate, mulled wine, pies, sandwiches, and refuge from wound-up kids on skates. Winter Park offers seasonal, monthly, weekly and daily packages. Open Monday – Friday 14:00 – 24:00, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 24:00.
The restaurant is open every day except Monday.
See www.firenzewinterpark.it for more information.