It’s Time for Christmas Markets 2009 in the charming Italy!

Hey folks, the moment has come!

With no doubts people love and hate them, but the season of Christmas markets has come and it will be in all the Italian cities!

Colored lights, stands full of sweets, traditions and handicrafts products, toys and decorations will be placed along the streets and in the most famous (and not) squares in Italy. So, get ready to snoop around, nibbling and why not, to purchase the first Christmas gifts!

From Sicily to Valle d’Aosta, Italy in this period is full of such nice markets which welcome many Italians and foreign visitors, who come here to just take a look at the stalls rich of curious and original things. The list is endless, but we want to remind you the most unique noteworthy ones.

So…how not to mention the very famous Christams markets typical of Northern Italy! In Arco (in the province of Trento) there’s the Mercatino Asburgico until 23rd December 2009, an event which takes place every week-end with several appointments, such as the Alpenzoo and for the children, the fantastic little Christmas train which will bring them around the city! In the historic centre you will find 25 stands set up with typical handicrafts products: sweets and decorations, biscuits and little gift ideas, rag dolls, candles, little wood statues, glass and ceramics objects, toys, etc.

Still in the Northern Italy, in the cosmopolitan and dynamic city of Milan, in December there’s the Christmas and Artistic Handicrafts Market in Largo Corsia dei Servi (between Piazza Duomo and Piazza San Babila), all days from 10 am to 10 pm.

And in Turin, come and see the Christmas Market “Natale in Quinta”, with many stalls full of handicraft and food products, gifts of any kind in the Area Pepe in Via Gugliemo Pepe (Opening Hours: weekdays from 3 pm to 7.30 pm; days before a holiday and Saturdays from 10 pm to 7.30 pm; Sundays from 10 am to 7 pm).

And now, let’s go by the sea, in Liguria region! In fact since November, in the city of Genoa, in piazza Matteotti, there’s the Bottega Equo-Solidale with textiles and gastronomy products coming from the South of the World, whereas until 23rd December there will be the traditional Market of St. Nicola (in Piazza Piccapietra) where there’s a Middle Ages setting and traders wear medieval costumes. Obviously, you can find handicraft products on sale, but some stalls which sell objects to give to charity.

Moving towards Savona, we find several Christmas markets in the city, among the others, the ones remaining are: on 20th December in via Guidobono, on 18th December Santa Rita, on 23rd and 24th December the Fiera di Natale in piazza del Popolo and via Guidobono.

In the magical city of Florence, which in Christmas time becomes even more beautiful, from 2nd to 20th December 2009, as every year, the Heidelberg German Christmas Market will take place in the historical Piazza Santa Croce (“Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt”): here you will find Christmas decorations, wood decorations for your houses, typical products like brezen, beer, wurstel and many sweets.

In Pisa, go visit the Christmas Market which is held all December long under the Loggias dei Banchi from 8.30 am to 9.30 pm: here you will find several stalls offering local handicrafts products, toys, Christmas decorations, sweets, wines and gastronomy products.

Still in Tuscany, in the medieval city of Lucca surrounded by its ancient and high walls, there’s the “Fiera di San Michele di Natale”, a Christmas fair which takes place from December 8th to 26th 2009, with over 70 stands offering handicrafts and gastronomy products, Christmas decorations, toys and sweets.

Finally, we remind you that in Rome from 1st December 2009 to 6th January 2010 there will be traditional and expected Christmas Market in Piazza Navona, where visitors will find many stands offering sweets, decorations and toys. By the way, the absolute protagonist of the event will be the Befana: in fact, on stalls you will find many beautiful little statues dedicated to the Befana of all shapes and size, and also her famous and beloved socks!

I told you so! You’ll be spoilt for choice! And this is just a small part of the long list of Christmas markets in Italy.

If you would like to have more information about events in Italy, Christmas markets in Italy and fairs during Christmas time, keep in touch with us on our blog! For the moment, I wish you happy holidays and have nice shopping days!! :-)

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