Italy's 8 Best Christmas and Winter Markets

Christmas Gifts|©LenDog64/Flickr
Christmas Gifts|©LenDog64/Flickr
Photo of Francesca Masotti
26 November 2017

As Christmas approaches, there is nothing better than planing a winter trip. Italy is magical at this time of the year and there are plenty of romantic and lovely winter markets that are worth a look. Here are 8 of Italy’s best Christmas and Winter markets you must plan your festive trip around.

Trento, Trentino Alto Adige

Trento Christmas Market is one of the most famous in central Europe. It is known not only for the beautiful gifts you can buy, such as traditional decorations and nativity scenes, but also (and maybe mostly) for its gastronomic specialties. Once here don’t forget to taste polenta brustolada (grilled polenta), treccia mochèna (plaited pastry cake), and drink a cup of vin brulè (mulled wine).

Piazza di Fiera, 38122, Trento, Italy

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Veneto

Cortina d’Ampezzo is not only one of the chicest winter destinations in Italy, but also hosts one of the most beautiful and colourful Christmas markets in Italy. Spending here a whole day is one of the coolest things you can do in Italy during the wintertime, buying artisanal products, including wooden handicrafts, toys and candles, enjoying roasted chestnuts and traditional sweets, and listening groups of people who perform traditional Christmas songs.

Corso Italia, 32043, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Florence, Tuscany

The Weihnachtsmarkt, a German Christmas market in Florence, is inspired by the ancient winter market held in Heidelberg, Germany. It consists of almost sixty stands where operators from all of Europe sell artisanal products, wooden handicrafts, Christmas decorations and excellent delicacies from their countries.

Weihnachtsmarkt, Florence | ©Alice Barigelli/Flickr

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