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Christmas in Italy: A Roundup of Wonderment and Delight

There really isn’t a best time to visit Italy, but if we had to pick the most special time, it would have to be Christmas. Italy is such a family-orientated place that the whole country seems to be bubbling with its traditions for those chilly two weeks between December 25 and January 6. If you are lucky enough to spend Christmas in Italy, you’ll be surrounded by much that is familiar – decorations, lights, gifting, feasting – but also much that is not. The Food and Characters you’ll find during your Christmas in Italy Some of the major differences between American and Italian homes at Christmas time is in the decorations. Sure, there are beautiful lights strung up everywhere—though maybe with less concentration than their American counterparts—especially in the old centers of towns, but Santa Claus and his reindeer are rarely seen in windows or hanging from trees. Instead, in [...]

Italian Christmas Traditions: Piazza Navona Christmas Market 2012

Piazza Navona – the Christmas transformation Every year at the end of November, the caricaturists and painting sellers who usually abound in Rome’s Piazza Navona disappear and the scene transforms into the world famous Christmas market that dominates the piazza for more than a month every year. The Piazza Navona Christmas Market has begun, and for 6 weeks Italian families come from all over Rome and its suburbs to take part in the market festivities. While the market is a hive of activity during the day things really ramp up at night. A visit to the Piazza Navona Christmas Market is a time-honored tradition for many Italian families. Plan your visit to Rome at Christmas and you can join them in discovering the treasures on display in rows of booths along the piazza: Christmas ornaments, toys, decorations, and the traditional nativity scenes known as “presepi” in Italian. Sweet treats at [...]

A Majestic Christmas From Milan, Italy

Towering as mighty as the Milan Cathedral is the 48-meter high, 100,000 led lighted Christmas tree. This year’s tree is sponsored by jeweler Tiffany and will illumine the piazza from December 4 to January 6. Milan is fully booked for the whole month of December and up until Epiphany with 90 musical performances, two concerts in the Piazza Duomo and about 70 shows to entertain the children.

Italian Christmas Bread and Cookies

Christmas in Italy is always overflowing with hearty meals, rich Italian traditions and rituals. Family and friends gather in this joyous season to savor age old traditions and most importantly eat together. An Italian Christmas feast is always completed by sweet treats of bread and cookies.

The Piazza Navona Christmas Market

In December, Rome’s famous Baroque square gets covered with stalls offering all sorts of Christmas ornaments, toys, goodies, decorations, torrone, liquorice and much more. Everything’s a delight especially to kids. Towards the end of December, a large Christmas tree is erected. Be sure to bring enough money especially if you are bringing the kids along. You will never run out of things to buy. This Christmas market runs for the whole month of December until the 6th of January when the Befana arrives. La Befana!!! Well, that would be another story to tell. Enjoy our latest post on the Piazza Navona Christmas Market!

An Italian Christmas in Naples – What makes it so Special?

Thinking of spending your Italian Christmas in Naples? An excellent idea if you’re planning a Christmas celebration with that extra special something. What makes Naples a wonderful place to spend Christmas? Well, for one thing there’s the Via San Gregorio Armeno, one of the world’s largest Christmas markets, it has long been known as the most wonderful place to buy your traditional nativity scene (known as “presepe”). Presepe Napolitano are a centuries old tradition, hand crafted by the city’s most skilled artisans, then lined up along the streets for sale. These wonderful pieces are an important part of every traditional Italian Christmas. Every presepe is unique, and those on display include an array of characters, animals and scenery. If you’re visiting Naples at other times of the year, look for other famous characters created by the same artisans. The best time to visit Via San Gregorio Armeno, is from December [...]