Most popular christmas markets and events in italy

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Dec 172021Most popular christmas markets and events in italy There is a saying in Italy that is almost sacred: “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi”, meaning Christmas with family and Easter (or any other festivity) with friends. The atmosphere around this time of the year is magical as festive celebrations take place everywhere from the biggest cosmopolitan city to the smallest “borgo”. “Natale”- Christmas - is all about spending time with your family, delicious food, Presepe (the nativity scene displays, found in most cities and homes in Italy) and, of course, the Christmas markets, where local and international artisans display their creativity and where the activities and events are shaped to entertain both adults and children, all wrapped up around the smell of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine.
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There is a saying in Italy that is almost sacred: “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi”, meaning Christmas with family and Easter (or any other festivity) with friends. The atmosphere around this time of the year is magical as festive celebrations take place everywhere from the biggest cosmopolitan city to the smallest “borgo”.
“Natale”- Christmas - is all about spending time with your family, delicious food, Presepe (the nativity scene displays, found in most cities and homes in Italy) and, of course, the Christmas markets, where local and international artisans display their creativity and where the activities and events are shaped to entertain both adults and children, all wrapped up around the smell of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine.
A festive atmosphere can be found in every corner of the country, from December 8th, the date of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, until January 6th, the day of the Epiphany. Italy’s winter markets are a must if you want to immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas.


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Here are some of the most popular markets and events from North to South.

South Tyrol
In the northernmost province of Italy, you can start your itinerary by visiting the medieval city of Bressanone, where it is possible to buy local handicrafts, nativity scenes, sculptures, handmade potteries, candles, and Christmas decorations. Make sure not to miss the Nativity Scene Museum, proof of a tradition lasting since 1200. Next, you can visit Brunico, where streets are overwhelmed with the smells and flavours of this land: from the Vin Brulé wine to the typical desserts. Another must-visit town is Merano, where you can already sense the Christmas spirit from the end of November. The lights, the cozy cottages, the decorated trees, the thermal baths, the trekking paths makes it the perfect place for relaxing and having fun at the same time.


South Tyrol

Milan
If you are a fashion lover and don’t want to miss out on the magic of the festivities, Milan is the right place for you. The well-known Galleria Vittorio Emanuele presents itself in a different vest. Next to the boutiques of the most iconic brands you will be blown away by the majestic Swarovski tree, boasting over 10.000 ornaments and more than 35.000 lights, and extending for several meters along the pedestrian road, as well as the square behind the Duomo, you will admire the most famous Christmas markets which are part of the “Oh Bej! Oh Bej!” festival.




Rome
Be amazed by the annual market in Piazza Navona, in the heart of the historic centre of Rome. The square welcomes musicians and multiple artisans showing their handicrafts and becomes a big funfair for children that are entertained with games and puppet shows.
The event ends on Epiphany Day when La Befana (a woman with a crooked nose, similar to a witch), arrives on her broomstick to bring candy to well-behaved children give charcoal (made of sugar) to the naughty ones.


Rome


Naples
Naples is the epicentre of Italy’s Nativity scene tradition. The myriad figurines that inhabit them are crafted by artisans in their shops in Via San Gregorio Armeno all year long. The figurines range from the expected (holy family and shepherds) to the regional (pizza makers) to the topical (current political or sports personalities).
Sicily
If you seek a location with milder weather but don’t want to miss the Italian Christmas traditions, head south to Sicily. Second only to the Neapolitans in terms of their affection for the Nativity scene, Sicilians build elaborate Nativities everywhere, from public squares to churches and private homes, including a living Nativity in a cave near Trapani. Locals dress up and re-enact the Nativity daily from Christmas Eve through the whole festive season.


Naples


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