Christmas Markets in Italy Among the many things to look forward to this Christmas holiday season in Italy would be the Mercatino di Natale, or in English, the Christmas Markets! Besides being a great opportunity to shop for presents, souvenirs, and knick-knacks for loved ones and friends, the arrival of the Christmas markets in Italy also adds to the truly festive air, as the merchandise stalls are often accompanied by food stalls that sell traditional, seasonal treats like warm drinks and roasted chestnuts. These seasonal markets normally start showing up by December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is also the day that officially marks the beginning of the Christmas festivities in Italy. On this day, lights and decorations start coming up, the holiday shopping season begins, and along with it would be the Christmas markets. They then remain open sometimes up until as late as January 6. […]
"The hotels were first class"
Pauline and I have just returned from Italy and I wanted to say what a fantastic time we had. The hotels were first class and offered great service, comfortable rooms, and great breakfasts. The tours were extremely interesting and the tour guides very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the free time that was built into the tour,...
James & Pauline Stirling (Ontario, Canada)
Marco Polo Tour, March 2011