The best Xmas Markets in Italy even after Christmas
Discover with us which are the most beautiful Xmas Markets in Italy and let yourself be involved in the festive atmosphere of 8 Italian Christmas cities! From the magical atmosphere of Trentino, to Rome and the colors of Naples: the 8 Christmas markets in Italy, which will make you fall in love even after Christmas!
Bolzano – from Nov 28th to Jan 6th
If you only have to choose only one Christmas market in Italy, choose Bolzano! Capital of the Alto-Adige, thanks to its strong Nordic identity, it was one of the first Italian cities to make Christmas shopping a real attraction, becoming part of the Swiss and Austrian tradition. In these parts they propose something new every year, and on 2018 the markets are officially “green events”: a lot of attention to the environment, strictly local products, all wooden stands and many other truly worthy initiatives. Take the opportunity to take a trip around the region: the Christmas atmosphere here is enchanting!
Rovereto – from Nov 22nd to Jan 6th
In the beautiful setting of the center of Rovereto, Christmas becomes a journey through the world, discovering traditions and beauties that come from afar. It is called “Natale dei Popoli”, and it is an opportunity to celebrate the Christmas truce from the war in 1914. Artists and craftsmen from Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria and other countries tell their culture through music, shows and typical products, flanked by local banquets that will spoil you with Trentino and South Tyrolean delicacies. Are not you curious to taste them all?
Vipiteno – from Nov 28th to Jan 6th
Let’s go back to Südtirol, but this time we get to Vipiteno, a pretty medieval town that serves as an outpost in the mountains before the Austrian border. Here too, the Christmas markets are a very important tradition, and will make you turn your head with aromas of spices and mulled wine, myriad of lights, beautiful handmade creations and lots of good food (such as lebkuchen, typical homemade cookies that do not you will forget easily). Do wear something warm and start exploring!
Bressanone – from Nov 28th to Jan 6th
Even the small but lively Bressanone is worth a visit, as its markets are held in the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, which for the occasion turns into a warm and festive gathering place with a wooden houses and a giant Christmas tree. In addition to wandering around the stands tasting delicacies and buying gifts, you can take advantage of the many events and attractions scheduled: concerts, exhibitions, guided tours, city tours by carriage and rides for the little ones. You certainly will not get bored!
Trento – from Nov 22nd to Jan 6th
Another unmissable stop on this tour of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Italy is Trento, where the markets are concentrated in two squares surrounded by ancient city walls that give a unique atmosphere. In the wooden houses you will find decorations for the tree, furniture, decorations, fabrics and toys, all strictly handmade. Do not forget the section dedicated to wine and food, where you can taste the best specialties of the region: the classic strudel and mulled wine, of course, but also the “treccia mochèna”, the “polenta brustolada” and the delicious parampampoli (a boiling drink based of coffee, wine, brandy, sugar and honey). Cheers!
Merano – from Nov 28th to Jan 6th
Even in Merano, as in all of South Tyrol, Christmas markets are “green”! Reason more to get involved in the joyful atmosphere and venture through the streets and houses of this adorable mountain village, which will captivate you with its attractions. Lots of artisanal treasures to be discovered, a skating rink, a rich calendar of events and concerts, workshops for children (but also for adults) and much more.
Rome – from Dec 1st to Jan 6th
We go down a little further to the south and arrive in the capital, which is a lovely destination about Christmas markets! There are several, among which the most famous is the one in Piazza Navona, which after a tourist drift has returned to its origins: no hats and t-shirts, but only typical items, decorations and craftsmanship in the respect of tradition. If you are looking for something more original, instead, do not miss the Vintage Market at the Circolo degli Artisti, a historic club that on the 21st of December fills its 1500 square meters with over 70 exhibitors from all over Italy: lovers of used clothes and retro furniture, this will be your paradise!
We finish our journey no less than in Naples, where the atmosphere of the parties takes on a very special air. Absolutely unmissable is the street market of San Gregorio Armeno, in the heart of Spaccanapoli, a symbol of the ancient tradition that shows the master craftsmen of Neapolitan who build beautiful statues for the crib (so that the definition of “Neapolitan crib” now indicates a reality in itself). Not only shepherds and Wise Men, but also famous people from the past and present, from Totò to Maradona, they represented as caricatures, in a truly fascinating combination of sacred and profane. The “street of the crib” is open all year, but under Christmas it becomes a fantastic world that will surprise you at first glance!