In December there will be meetings and events before Christmas, a nice opportunity to buy exclusive gifts and go on holiday before 25th December. We have selected three destinations where you will find original tips, high quality handmade products and, of course, many venues to see, so follow us along this precious itinerary in Italy.
Trento, City of Christmas for kids and adults
Trentino is one of the best destinations for a shopping weekend before Christmas, because here there is an important tradition of markets expecially in Trento, a city with a very Central European style that plans from 18 years the Christkindlmarkt, that rises in Germany in XIV century: at Piazza Fiera you can buy decorations for Christmas tree, regional typical products, clothes, furnitures and many more to make your parties really unique.
The Market is open everyday from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm. In province there are others events, a good pretext to discover suggestive towns and walk under the snow: in Pergine Valsugana, close to Trento, there is the Villaggio delle Meraviglie (Village of Wonders) until 6th January, where you can also do a trip on a train that travels around the surrounding valley, or choose an artistic workshop for your children, or join some yearly recurrence as the Night of Fires (Feuer Nacht), on 8th December, when you will see the town enlighted by torches and candles, and on 12th the day of Strozega di Santa Lucia, when kids drag along the streets cans and wires and launch balloons with letters to Santa Claus.
In Rovereto there is a market with hand-crafted items that come from Bethlehem: wood and mother-of-pearl statues that will enrich your Christmas and will give a touch of exclusiveness to the creche. Furthermore, at the stores and palaces of Rovereto, there will be worldwide creches to celebrate the Nativity. The advice is to take advantage of this location and visit MART, the museum that hosts a prestigious contemporary art collection with artists like Depero and Carrà.
After the shopping choose a 5 stars hotel with Spa in Trentino to retrieve energy and continue the itinerary through this amazing region.
Turin the city of Christmas
If you are looking for something more than a touristic location and you like elegant places with beautiful architectural style, Turin is suitable for you. Here are began the Christmas events: for example Luci d’Artista, a series of artworks made with light installed in different points of the city.
Have you ever seen a Path of Ice Roads? In Turin is possible thanks to Chinese artists from Harbin that will show ice statues in the historical center everyday from 7:00 pm. Four theatre plays about Christmas are scheduled every friday from 14th December at Piccolo Regio (at piazza Castello 215), at 9:00 pm. The first is Skipping Christmas, from the novel by John Grisham, the last is Natale all’italiana, inspired by many authors (as Buzzati, Serra, Calvino, Moravia)
What a better way to spend a weekend in a Relais in Piedmont? The first capital city of Italy offers shows and events always interesting and involving.
Bingo, shows and creches in Naples
In Naples this period of the year is very important for people and there are many handicraft markets at the main districts. This year the city offers new events along December, for example the Tombola Vivente (Live Bingo) on 17th December at 12:00 am in Piazza dei Martiri: the actors play with people and perform the characters of “Smorfia”. On 22nd here there will be a funny flash mob in Piazza dei Martiri at 6:30 pm, with 150 people that will dance the song All you need is love by Beatles, an event conceived to send a message of solidarity and peace, an invitation to universal love in the Christmas mood.
About gifts, you will find many traditional shops between Via San Gregorio Armeno and Spaccanapoli, they sell statues for creches, not only the classic figures but also historical figures, even full-scale. The three cities that we selected show three different sides of this festivity, all genuine and related to the history of this cities, a great model of the wide range of events offered by Italy to demanding tourists.