For many people taking a trip to Europe in the winter is all about visiting the many and diverse Christmas markets. They’re the best place to get a feel for the local traditions, sample the local delicacies, and see the work of local artisans. Italy’s regional diversity also means that the Christmas market in each location will be full of surprises and novelties. So let’s explore a few of the top Christmas markets in Italy.
Bolzano Christmas Market:
Italy’s biggest and possibly most characteristic Christmas market is way up north in the South Tyrol area. This region is along the border with Austria and Switzerland, and you can instantly feel the richness of cultures. The town itself is heavily populated with German speakers, so expect the street signs to be in both Italian and German.
Dozens of wooden stands sell handcrafted local products like wool accessories, toys, and ornaments. Sample the mouthwatering delicacies like Vin brulé (hot mulled wine) as you shop. The main location of the market is in Piazza Walther, but it winds throughout the town. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the unique and special atmosphere!
For over a month, a festive atmosphere fills the streets and squares of the historic center: flickering candles, joyful Christmas songs, decorations and the sweet flavor of Zelten (a cake made with nuts and dried fruit), apple Strudel, homemade biscuits and hot chocolate.
Magic is everywhere: perfumes, lights and colors of Christmas make this event a unique and unforgettable experience for children and adults.
Starts November 26th 2021, and it ends on January 6th, 2022.
Rome Christmas Markets:
Although it used to be bigger in the past, the Christmas market in Piazza Navona remains the most popular. International goods, local delicacies, Christmas concerts, and even Santa himself can be found in this bustling square in the middle of Rome.
A new up-and-coming event on the Rome Christmas Market scene is the Wave Market – Christmas Edition, held at Lanificio on December 8th and 9th. If you would like to spend a day filled with local specialties, eco-friendly products, and fresh drinks, this is your best option in the Eternal City! Here you’ll find handmade artisanal decorations and gifts for the whole family!
Piazza Re di Roma is a quieter venue that usually hosts a small market, an ice skating rink, and live music performances. Perfect to spend a nice day with the whole family away from crowds.
Piazza Navona Market | When: early December— January 6th
Piazza Re di Roma Market | When: early December — January 6th
Wave Market – Christmas Edition | When: December 8th and 9th 2018
Florence, Santa Croce Christmas Market:
The famous Piazza di Santa Croce in Florence hosts the German Christmas Market every year. From Heidelberg, Germany, you will see dozens of wooden huts complete with both local and German crafts, accessories, and indulgences for your taste buds! Don’t miss the mulled wine, panforte (a dense, spiced fruitcake), and even bratwurst!
Address: Piazza di Santa Croce | When: November 19th — December 18th
Naples Nativity Scene Extravaganza:
Think of Naples as Christmas Central! Famous for their nativity scenes, or presepi, they have a year-round Christmas market. Shops and entire streets offer the traditional figurines every month of the year.
But starting around mid-November, things ramp up and the street Via San Gregorio truly becomes enchanting. Get lost among the many market stands and shops selling local treats. Stroll down the narrow alleyways and then check out the live nativity scene is Piazza S. Gaetano.
Market — Address: Via San Gregorio
Nativity Scene — Address: Piazza S. Gaetano