Italy's WINTER MAGIC -Best of Christmas Markets

The Christmas Market in Bolzano in South Tyrol

The whole world loves Italy's temperament and lightness in summer. However, only a few people know how beautiful Il Bel Paese is in winter. Besides snow and winter sports, Bella Italia also offers wonderful Christmas markets - from South Tyrol to Sicily. We present a few particularly beautiful ones here...

In the north of Italy in the mountains, Christmas markets have an old tradition. Since the 90s, they have spread more and more throughout Italy. Because if there's one thing Italians know how to do, it's celebrate beautifully and festively! Today there are Christmas markets in all variations all the way to the south of the country, the big glamorous ones in the big cities, the small rustic ones in the villages.

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South Tyrol: The "Christkindlmarkt" in Bolzano

Christmas in the mountains, simply beautiful! The "Christkindlmarkt" in Bolzano, South Tyrol has the steep peaks of the Dolomites as its backdrop. Hundreds of fir trees, 70 selected Christmas stalls, the largest Christmas market in South Tyrol. Since 1991 it has been Christmas in the middle of the Waltherplatz in Bolzano. And when it snows, happiness is perfect...

You will find handmade regional products at the stalls: from wooden figures to game delicacies and herbal cosmetics. Plus all kinds of delicacies in liquid and solid form. Don't forget to try the local strudel and a cocoa, or rather liquid chocolate, to go with it.

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  • Open: 25 November 2022 until 6 January 2023, open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (limited opening hours at Christmas and New Year's Eve).
  • official Website of the Christkindlmarkt
  • Beautiful accommodation in Bolzano you will find here

Tuscany: Majestic Christmas Market in Florence

Christmas market, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

The atmosphere on the Piazza di Santa Croce in Florence is almost sublime at Christmas time. Around 50 beautifully decorated wooden huts offer handmade goods, Christmas decorations and all kinds of delicacies to eat and drink.

In the background of the Mercato di Natale, the Basilica di Santa Croce towers above everything, where Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Machiavelli, among others, found their final resting place.

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The "Nativity Street" in Naples

Naples, Street of the Cribs

From the beginning of December, the Christmas season begins in southern Italy. The tree is then placed and usually very colourfully decorated. The family nativity scene is also set up. In Naples, Christmas is a very colourful, joyful celebration for the whole family.

In one street in Naples, the "Street of the Cribs", it's Christmas all year round. Holy figures have been carved and sculpted here for thousands of years. Once figures of gods, today cots and saints. In the run-up to Christmas, the street has a very special flair.

If you want to browse in peace and quiet, it's best to visit the "Street of Nativity Scenes" in Via San Gregorio Armenino from 10 a.m. onwards. Because in the evenings and at weekends, it feels like half of Naples is stocking up for Christmas. You can often watch the nativity scene artists at work, which is quite an experience. In addition to nativity scenes and saints, famous personalities from sport, music and show business are also portrayed.

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The "Mercato natalizio di Piazza Navona" in the eternal city...

In December, the eternal city takes on a special flair. Between the hustle and bustle, honking horns and people on the move, a particularly festive glow then shines on the "Mercato natalizio di Piazza Navona", Rome's most famous Christmas market. Festive Christmas huts, the manger with Mary and Joseph, lights - the highlight is an antique carousel from 1896.

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Christmas at St. Nicholas: Bari in Apulia

In the town of St. Nicholas, the pre-Christmas period is celebrated in a particularly festive manner throughout the old town. On the most important day of the year, St. Nicholas, the Christmas markets in the capital of Apulia are inaugurated.

A 14-metre-high tree stands in the Piazza del Ferrarese, and music and light shows take place on a stage throughout the pre-Christmas period. The "Villaggio di Babbo Natale", Santa's Village, is set up on the Piazza Umberto I, including a Ferris wheel. The shops there begin their festive decorations as early as November. Those who only know Puglia from summer should not miss winter.

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  • Open: 6 December to 26 December 2022, open daily from 10 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.
  • more info on the Christmas market
  • Beautiful accommodation in Bari you will find here

Lombardy: "Mercatini di Natale" in Milan

Milan, Lombardy

Milan's most beautiful (and largest) Christmas market is in Piazza di Duomo. The backdrop: the imposing Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the even more grandiose Duomo. The festive stalls offer handicrafts, delicacies from sweet to savoury, artistic Christmas baubles and also the Italian Christmas witch Befana in all her variations.

After dark, there is the musical Advent calendar in front of the Domplatz. Every evening at 6 p.m. a door is opened and there is an open-air concert. With the backdrop - goose bumps.


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  • Open: 1 December 2022 until 6 January 2023, open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (limited opening hours at Christmas and New Year's Eve).
  • Website the "Mercatini di Natale
  • Beautiful accommodation in Milan you will find here

"The Christmas Village" in Bussolengo in Veneto

The small town of Bussolengo in Veneto (20,000 inhabitants, province of Verona) becomes an XXL Christmas village from November. Since the mid-90s, a 7000 square metre Christmas market has been set up in the shape of a village.

Lush Christmas decorations, handmade products, seasonal delicacies, appearances by Father Christmas, restaurants, an ice rink: Christmas is on the agenda here for two months. Admission is free, by the way.

Bussolungo Christmas Market in Veneto
The official link to the Christmas market
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More info about Christmas markets in Italy

  • Open: 25 November 2022 until 6 January 2023, open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (limited opening hours at Christmas and New Year's Eve).
  • official Website of the Christmas Village
  • Beautiful accommodation in You can find Bussolengo >>> here

P. S. Because of the high energy prices, electricity is being saved everywhere at the Christmas markets in Italy this year. But even without full lighting, the Christmas markets in Italy will be beautiful. It's Italy after all!

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