Cold weather❄️and vin brulè🍷, cinnamon and orange notes in the air, gingerbread and hot chocolate, wooden huts and sparkling lights, beautiful handicraft decorations and nativity scenes,🎄 Christmas spirit and fairy tale atmosphere💫, the magic of the Christmas markets around Italy will make you want to organise your winter trip to Italy right away😁
If you want to breathe some Alpine air, head to Bolzano in Northern Italy, it is a winning mix of local craftsmanship, oenology and gastronomy in the best alpine tradition
When: end of November-January 6th
Where: Piazza Walther
❗DON’T MISS:try delicious apple fritters, Strudel and apple juice
To enjoy a magical and romantic Christmas experience, head to the hometown of Romeo and Juliet Verona. It has a tradition of romance, and you're sure to fall in love with this dreamy market, which takes its influence from Nuremberg, Germany.
When: From mid-November to Christmas
Where: Piazza dei Signori
❗DON’T MISS: buy heart-shaped chocolates
🔸Ancient Italian tradition
Milan is a city where the Christmas Market has a very ancient tradition. Visit one of the oldest markets "Oh, Bej! Oh, Bej!" meaning "How beautiful! How beautiful" in the local dialect. Legend has it that it dates back to the 1500s when a papal envoy came to Milan bearing gifts for all the city's children.
When: beginning of December, in honour of St. Ambrose, patron of the city.
Where: around Sforza Castle enjoying the magic of the Christmas atmosphere.
☝🏻NOTE: Oh, Bej! Oh, Bej! lasts 3 or 4 days but you don't have to worry if you miss it, you can still visit the one at Piazza del Duomo open until January.
🔸Magic Christmas location
It is not one of the biggest Christmas markets in Italy, but its location is second to none. The Christmas market in Florence fills one of the most fabulous squares of the city, Piazza Santa Croce that puts an additional sparkle on the festive mood.
When: from the end of November to the last days before Christmas
Where: Piazza Santa Croce