We always think about cavorting around Italy in the summer, but what about winter?
Right now I am on my way to Italy to check out the Christmas markets. Here are three of the markets I will be visiting, excerpted from an article in the wonderful Walks Of Italy.
Christmas Markets In Italy
|Weinachtsmarkt in Florence|
The Weinachtsmarkt in Florence
Florence’s iconic Santa Croce piazza turns into a traditional market every year from the end of November to mid-December—and the market comes directly from Heidelberg, Germany! The many wooden stands are filled with both Florentine and German gifts and dishes, from panforte (a dense, spiced fruitcake) to bratwurst.
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|The Nativity Market in Naples|
The Nativity Market In Naples
Presepi, or nativity scenes, are one of Italy’s most popular Christmas decorations and can be found both in town piazzas and inside Italian homes. Ranging from small and simple to enormous and ornate, presepi come in all kinds—and all kinds can be found in Naples, which is the place for finding handcrafted precepi. Each November, Naples hosts a market dedicated just to nativities on Via San Gregorio Armeno.
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Christmas Market In Turin
Turin is the go-to destination in Italy when it comes to Christmas lights, with many installations designed by local and international artists. Check out the wonderful market in Piazza Borga Dora for decadent Piemontese delicacies like gianduja (hazelnut chocolate) and bicerin (espresso with chocolate and milk).
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image source: Walks Of Italy