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The most popular Christmas markets beautiful of Italy

Il Christmas atmosphere it begins to spread long before December 25th: the first Santa Clauses appear on the balconies with colored lights around, the shop windows light up as well as the Italian streets and squares are enriched with beautiful decorations. Also, it already starts the rush for gifts, because you do not want to reduce yourself to the last and then buy something useless.
If you want to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Christmas and find special gifts that will leave your loved ones speechless, here are all the most beautiful Christmas markets in Italy to visit. Don't miss them!



Index

  1. Christmas markets, fairs and villages in Northern Italy
  2. Christmas markets, fairs and villages in Central Italy
  3. Christmas markets, fairs and villages in Southern Italy
  4. User questions and comments

Christmas markets, fairs and villages in Northern Italy

1 - Christkindlmarkt, Bolzano (Trentino Alto Adige)

  • Features: the stands illuminated by colored lights, the music, the scent of mulled wine with the imposing Christmas tree give together a wonderful Christmas atmosphere. The Bolzano Christmas market is the most important in Italy and the longest-running, where you will find many events dedicated to adults (such as the presentation of bestsellers by important writers) and to the little ones (pony rides, carriage rides, , etc.).
  • Date: from 28/11 to 06/01
  • Located in Piazza Walther, Bolzano - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: to see in Bolzano the churches and abbeys, the Rafenstein Castle, the South Tyrolean Archaeological Museum. Nearby, the Advent market in San Genasio, the market in Serentino and the one on Lake Carezza.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 39,00 per room -
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2 - Trento Christmas Market, Trento (Trentino Alto Adige)

  • Features: many wooden houses located between Piazza Fiera and Piazza Cesare Battisti, immersed in a context of lights, colors, flavors and scents ... the Christmas market in Trento is an annual event not to be missed! At the market you can discover the best of local crafts and food and wine, all with great attention to environmental sustainability.
  • Date: from 23/11 to 06/01
  • Located in Piazza di Fiera, Trento - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: the Buonconsiglio Castle, Palazzo delle Albere, the Piedicastello Galleries and the Doss Trento, Piazza Duomo and the Cathedral are worth seeing in Trento. Nearby, in the village of Santa Massenza there is "Vite di Luce", with creative workshops for children and a rich Christmas market.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 42,00 per room -
  • Trento: walking tour of the historic center

3 - Meraner Weihnacht, Merano (Trentino Alto Adige)

  • Features: like every year, the Merano Christmas market awaits you with its illuminated fir trees, stands full of beautiful and good things, with the romantic setting of the Kurhaus and the Spa. There are multiple lighted houses offering handmade products and local dishes, as well as various events for adults and children.
  • Date: from 29/11 to 06/01
  • Located in Piazza della Rena, Merano - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: in Merano it is worth visiting the historic center, the Kurhaus, the many museums and the fabulous Merano Thermal Baths, surrounded by five hectares of park. Nearby there are the suggestive Christmas markets of Lagundo, Lana, castel Tirolo and the "highest" one in Europe, which takes place at the Enzian Alm hut, in Val Martello, at 2.160 meters above sea level!
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 69,00 per room -

4 - Bressanone Christmas Market, Bressanone (Trentino Alto Adige)

  • Features: the Christmas market in Bressanone is perhaps one of the most fascinating. At the foot of the magnificent Duomo, a world full of aromas and flavors opens up, with small artisan workshops rich in tradition and carriage rides. Find hand-made nativity scenes, wood sculptures, glass and ceramic objects and many typical specialties with a background of melodious concerts.
  • Date: from 29/11 to 06/01
  • Located in Piazza Duomo, Bressanone - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: to see the Cathedral, the diocesan museum, the Abbey of Novacella. 10 km north of the city, there is the Forte di Fortezza, an Austrian fort dating back to the First World War.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 76,00 per room -

5 - Borgo Dora Market, Turin (Piedmont)

  • Features: in the Cortile del Maglio, exhibitors and chalets, as every year, offer every type of typical Piedmontese Christmas decoration, Italian and foreign, with hand-made and food and wine products. There are many objects for the home in ceramic, glass, clay sculptures, with exhibitors from all over the world: Russia, Palestine, Thailand and many others. Large space also dedicated to cribs, with a fantastic mechanical crib.
  • Date: from 04/12 to 23/12
  • Located in Cortile del Maglio, Via Vittorio Andreis 18/10 - Turin - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: Piazza Castello, Cathedral, Mole Antonelliana, Valentino Park, Royal Palace. In the surroundings, to visit the Reggia di Venaria and the Basilica of Superga.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -
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6 - Marché Vert Noël, Aosta (Aosta Valley)

  • Features: it is organized in a unique setting, namely the Archaeological Area of ​​the Roman Theater. With the illuminated ancient ruins in the background, there are many stands offering various objects, decorations, handcrafted jewelry and special gift ideas. There is no shortage of stands with typical Valle d'Aosta products and good mulled wine that will warm you up!
  • Date: from 23/11 to 06/01
  • Located in the Roman Theater, Aosta - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: in Aosta to see the Arch of Augustus, the Collegiate Church of Sant'Orso, Porta Pretoria, the Roman Theater. Near Aosta, in the locality of Lalex, you can see the Sarre Castle, the Tsatelet Nature Reserve in Saint-Christophe and the Côte de Gargantua Nature Reserve in Gressan.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 49,00 per room -

7 - Christmas market in Verona, Verona (Veneto)

  • Features: in Verona the atmosphere of the stalls is really contagious, but here the nativity scene is the protagonist: in fact, the International Exhibition of the Nativity in Art and Tradition takes place inside the Verona Arena, with nativity scenes from all over the world! In Piazza dei Signori instead, there are the characteristic wooden houses where it will be possible to taste specialties such as goulash, strudel with cinnamon, grappa and admire many handmade objects.
  • Date: from 16/11 to 19/01
  • Located in Piazza dei Signori, Verona - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: to see the Arena of Verona, Piazza delle Erbe, Castelvecchio, Juliet's house, Piazza dei Signori. Nearby, there is Lake Garda, Sirmione and Mantua.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
  • Verona: historical city tour by Segway Verona: walking tour and priority entrance to the Arena

8 - Oh Bej! Oh Bej !, Milan (Lombardy)

  • Features: organized in honor of the patron saint of Milan, Sant'Ambrogio, the fair is perfect for those on the hunt for Christmas gifts and want to enjoy the festive atmosphere. You can find products of all kinds and for all budgets, as the exhibitors range from second-hand dealers to florists, artisans, craftsmen and sellers of prints and books, to the masters of wrought iron, copper and brass. There is no shortage of sweet sellers, in addition to the stalls of roasted chestnuts and other typical local delicacies.
  • Date: from 05/12 to 08/12
  • Piazza Castello, Milan - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: Duomo, Sforzesco Castle, La Scala Theater. In the surrounding area, you can see Lake Como, Monza, Lake Iseo and Franciacorta, Pavia, Vigevano.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 20,00 per room -
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9 - Christmas Market in Bormio, Bormio (Lombardy)

  • Features: located in the heart of the upper Valtellina, Bormio hosts a very interesting Christmas market with the snow in the background. The stalls are set up in Piazza Cavour and in Via Roma and it is possible to find various objects, small crafts, creative works made by hand and tasty typical products.
  • Date: indicatively from the last week of November to the first of January
  • Piazza Cavour, Bormio - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: in Bormio it is worth seeing the Kuerc, the Rezia Alpine Botanical Garden, the Civic Museum. In the surrounding areas you will find the Grosio Rock Engravings Park, a town located halfway between Tirano and Bormio, the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tirano, Stelvio National Park.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -

10 - Trieste Christmas Market, Trieste (Friuli Venezia Giulia)

  • Features: in Piazza Sant'Antonio and in the adjacent streets, as every year the Christmas market is set up in Trieste. In an already beautiful city like Trieste, the climate is truly magical, with decorations and chalets full of colored lights! Like any self-respecting market, the offer ranges from the most varied original objects to the many gift proposals for friends and relatives, as well as local products to be enjoyed in company.
  • Date: from 09/12 to 06/01
  • Piazza Sant'Antonio, Trieste - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: to see Piazza Unità d'Italia, the Castle of San Giusto, the Cathedral, the Roman Theater, the Grand Canal. Nearby, you can visit the Miramare Castle, the Grotta Gigante on the border with Slovenia, the Risiera di San Sabba and the village of Redipuglia.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 38,00 per room -
  • Trieste: 2,5-hour private guided tour with local guide

Christmas markets, fairs and villages in Central Italy

1 - Gubbio Christmas Market, Gubbio (Umbria)

  • Features: in addition to admiring the largest Christmas tree in the world in Gubbio, made with more than 800 colored lights arranged on the slopes of Mount Ingino, you can stroll through the Christmas market. Here you can find the perfect gift idea, many local agri-food products and chocolate delights. For the little ones, there is the house of Santa Claus, the Santa Claus sleigh (even for the older ones!), The Gubbio Express Christmas train, an ice rink and the Ferris wheel of the North Pole.
  • Date: 23, 24, 30 November, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 December and continuously from 21/12 to 06/01.
  • Located in Piazza 40 Martiri, Gubbio - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: church of San Francesco, Palazzo dei Consoli, Rangiasci Park. Nearby, Assisi, Perugia and Città di Castello.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -

2 - Ancona Christmas Market, Ancona (Marche)

  • Features: the Christmas market of Ancona sees the traditional colored houses that offer delicious sweets, typical and ethnic crafts, original jewelry, plants and flowers, Christmas decorations and for the nativity scene. In short, there is no shortage of gift ideas and the vast offer for Christmas purchases!
  • Date: indicatively from the last week of November to the first of January
  • Located in Piazza Cavour, Ancona - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: to visit in Ancona the Arch of Trajan, the Cathedral of Ancona and nearby Monte Conero and the Riviera del Conero.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 43,00 per room -

3 - Tirolese Village, Arezzo (Tuscany)

  • Features: over 30 stands make up the Tyrolean Village of Arezzo. There are operators in the sector who come from Merano, Trento, Bolzano, Salzburg and Frankfurt and bring their charming wooden chalets with food and handicrafts typical of the Italian-Austrian Tyrol. There are also the traditional Santa Claus House and the Great Tyrolean Hut, a large space equipped for catering.
  • Date: from 16/11 to 26/12
  • Located in Piazza Grande, Arezzo - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: in Arezzo, visit Piazza Grande, the Basilica of San Francesco, the Cathedral. Not far away, there is the National Park of Lake Trasimeno and Montepulciano.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 64,00 per room -

4 - Montepulciano Christmas Market, Montepulciano (Tuscany)

  • Features: a few meters from the walls of the Castle of Santa Claus, a large space dedicated to young and old where you can meet Santa Claus and his elves, you can breathe the Christmas atmosphere with the Christmas Market. There are many decorated wooden houses, which offer a varied choice for gift ideas, from Christmas decorations to candles, hand-made ceramics, clothing ... Obviously your palates will be satisfied with tasty local sweets, street food and the famous wine Nobleman of Montepulciano.
  • Date: from 16/11 to 06/01
  • Located in Piazza Grande, Montepulciano - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: to see the church of San Biagio, Palazzo Nobili-Tarugi, the historic center. Nearby, Pienza, San Quirico d'Orcia, Bagno Vignoni, Sarteano and Montalcino.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • Montepulciano: tour in a winery and wine tasting

5 - Christmas Village, Pescara (Abruzzo)

  • Features: a huge indoor structure hosts the "Christmas Fair" or Christmas Village, the Pescara market where you can find the typical wooden houses decorated in full Christmas style. You can walk and observe the exhibitors of typical local crafts, toys and typical products of Abruzzo, Puglia and Sicily.
  • Date: indicatively from the last week of November to the first of January
  • Located in Piazza S.Cuore, Pescara - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: in Pescara to see the cathedral, the old city, the Sea Museum, the Ponte del Mare. In the surroundings, the Pineta Dannunziana and Francavilla al Mare nature reserve of provincial interest.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -

6 - Rome Christmas Markets, Rome (Lazio)

  • Features: In Rome there are several Christmas markets in Rome. The main ones are those of Piazza Navona and Piazza di Spagna, full of stalls with many artistic and original objects, decorations for the tree and for the crib, toys. In these and many other places in the city special events are organized, with acrobats, jugglers and street artists who perform in performances of all kinds and for all ages!
  • Date: indicatively from the first week of December to the first of January
  • the main market is located in Piazza Navona, Rome - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: do not miss the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica. Nearby, Lake Bracciano, Villa d'Este in TiFlights, Villa Adriana, Ostia Antica, Cerveteri, Castelli Romani.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 18,00 per room -
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7 - Christmas market in Greccio, Greccio (Lazio)

  • Features: Greccio, a medieval village located in the heart of the plain of Rieti, is the site of the first nativity scene in the world created (in Christmas 1223) by St. Francis of Assisi. The atmosphere you breathe is magical, made of colors, lights, melodies and flavors. The houses offer a mix of traditional crafts, artistic nativity scenes, decorations, embroidery and typical local products. There are also nice animations for the little ones and living nativity scenes.
  • Date: indicatively from the last week of November to the first of January
  • Located in the historic center of Greccio - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: to see the historic center, the Abbey of San Pastore, the Cappelletta. In the surroundings, Rieti, Marmore Falls and Terni.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -

8 - The most Christmas, Fano (Marche)

  • Features: the streets of the Marche town will turn into a Christmas village, with festively decorated streets and the famous Christmas Market. The inevitable stands will offer many objects, gift ideas for your loved ones and tasty typical products.
  • Date: from 01/12 to 06/01
  • Located in Piazza XX Settembre, Fano - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: the attractions of Fano are the Arch of Augustus, the Malatesta Tombs, the Mechanical Nativity, Rocca Malatestiana. In the surrounding areas, there is the Hermitage of Monte Giove and Lake Vicini
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -

9 - Pesaro in the heart, Pesaro (Marche)

  • Features: the Pesaro Christmas market is organized around Piazza del Popolo and is a great opportunity to shop and buy the delicious products of the local gastronomy. In addition, there is an ice rink and other handicraft and various objects markets located in via San Francesco, Corso XI Settembre and via Pedrotti. A majestic Christmas tree illuminated with white led lights will be a wonderful backdrop to everything!
  • Date: indicatively from the last week of November to the first of January
  • Located in Piazza del Popolo, Pesaro - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: in Pesaro do not miss the Rocca Costanza degli Sforza, Palazzo Ducale, the birthplace of Giocchino Rossini, Villa Ruggeri. Nearby to see the Monte San Bartolo Natural Park, Gradara Castle, San Marino
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 37,00 per room -

10 - The village of Santa Claus, Chianciano Terme (Tuscany)

  • Features: it is a sort of "widespread theme park", consisting of attractions, shows, stalls and decorations scattered around the streets of the center and inside the centuries-old Acquasanta thermal park. The main attractions include the Polar Express train, the Santa Claus House and the stalls in Piazza Italia.
  • Date: indicatively from the last week of November to the first of January
  • Located in Piazza Italia, Chianciano Terme - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: to see the Church of San Biagio, the Archaeological Museum, Indiana Park. In the surroundings, visit the Lucciolabella Nature Reserve, Val d'Orcia and Montepulciano.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -

Christmas markets, fairs and villages in Southern Italy


1 - Christmas Fair of San Gregorio Armeno, Naples (Campania)

  • Features: In Italy, if you say crib you mean Naples. Only here, in the cribs, time does not seem to exist! It doesn't matter if Maradona was born almost 2.000 years AD: in Naples magic is done and the Pibe de Oro is right there to dribble with the Magi! All the most famous personalities of sport, politics and entertainment mix the sacred and the profane in the Neapolitan cribs. A tradition that mixes with that of the Christmas markets, with delightful shops where original and unique pieces are made by hand.
  • Date: all the year
  • Located in via San Gregorio Armeno, Naples - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: in Naples, the Royal Palace, Castel dell'Ovo, Maschio Angioino, Piazza del Plebiscito. Nearby, Vesuvius, Herculaneum and Pompeii, the submerged park of Gaiola
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 23,00 per room -
  • Pompeii: priority entrance ticket Naples: entrance ticket to the Royal Palace Naples: 2 hours and 30 minutes guided walking tour

2 - EricèNatale, Erice (Sicily)

  • Features: in Erice the ancient tradition of cribs, the sound of bagpipes and concerts blend with the Christmas markets, in this annual event always full of events.
    Throughout the period, courtyards, alleys and churches will be transformed into many Nativities giving life to a "Borgo dei Presepi", enriched by lights, music and stands offering local craftsmanship to tasty typical products. Do not miss what for years was the "smallest nativity scene in the world", made on the head of a pin.
  • Date: from 7 December to 6 January
  • Located in Piazza della Loggia, Erice - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: do not miss the Castle of Venus, the Duomo, the Torretta Pepoli. In the surroundings, Valderice and Trapani
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -

3 - Luci d'Artista, Salerno (Campania)

  • Features: many red-colored stalls arranged on the city's waterfront where you can find decorations, toys, books, antiques, gifts and, of course, everything related to food and wine, from sweets to chestnuts, up to the typical food. All this in a fairytale atmosphere given by the scenographic "Luci d'Artista", light installations considered true works of art.
  • Date: indicatively from the first week of December to the first week of January
  • Located in Villa Comunale and seafront, Salerno - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: to see the Cathedral, the Old Town, the Minerva Gardens. Nearby, the Arechi Castle, Cava de 'Tirreni, Pompeii, Sorrento
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 34,00 per room -

4 - Christmas markets between the rides, Fasano (Puglia)

  • Features: at the Fasanolandia playground there will be "Christmas markets between the rides", with large spaces reserved for entertainment, attractions and entertainment for adults and children, the inevitable Santa Claus and many stands dedicated to crafts and food and wine Apulian.
  • Date: November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
  • Located in Fasanolandia, Fasano - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: to see the Zoo Safari and in the neighboring areas Alberobello, Locorotondo and Cisternino
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -

5 - Santa Claus Village ... on the sea, Taranto (Puglia)

  • Features: Santa Claus Village ... on the sea takes place at the marina and is unique in its kind! The aim is to enhance the sea together with local artisans and businesses, giving children the opportunity to have fun and play. Santa Claus will arrive for them ... by boat! The pier will turn into a Nordic village, with traditional houses offering sweets and typical specialties, as well as Christmas and other crafts. Sea excursions, artistic workshops and much more are also organized.
  • Date: indicatively the third weekend of December
  • Located in Molo Sant'Eligio, Taranto - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: in Taranto, to visit the Aragponese Castle, the Cathedral, the Archaeological Museum, the Bridge of San Francesco di Paola. Nearby, Francavilla Fontana, Grottaglie, Oria, Terra delle Gravine Regional Park
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -

6 - Cagliari Christmas Markets, Cagliari (Sardinia)

  • Features: even the Sardinian capital has its traditional markets full of stalls with products from various artisans and exhibitors, but above all with gastronomic specialties to taste. The main ones are in piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and piazza Yenne, piazza Del Carmine and piazza San Michele.
  • Date: indicatively in the month of December
  • Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: to see the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Bastion of Saint Remy, the Tower of the Elephant. A few kilometers away is Quartu Sant'Elena
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 28,00 per room -
  • Cagliari: fun 2-hour panoramic tour by bike

7 - Markets and Living Nativity in Matera, Matera (Basilicata)

  • Features: Matera organizes its Christmas markets in a romantic setting, that is under artificial snow. Among its streets, animated by street artists, there are numerous stalls where you can buy gifts for friends, Christmas decorations and much more. Just outside the center, at the Tramontano Castle Park, the ice skating rink is installed and there are several stands selling the typical specialties. Also not to be missed is the Santa Claus Village for the little ones and the suggestive Living Nativity scene among the Sassi of Matera.
  • Date: indicatively the weekends of December
  • Located in the historic center and Park of the Tramontano Castle of Matera - Get directions
  • What to see in the surroundings: in Matera, the stones, the Cathedral, the Palombaro and its surroundings, the Murgia Materana Park, San Giuliano Nature Reserve
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 29,00 per room -
  • Matera: tour of the sites of the Passion of Christ
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