Experience the Holiday Magic of the Italian Christmas Markets, i Mercatini di Natale!

It may not be Christmas yet, but these unique markets are starting soon, if not already open to the public! Italy is renowned for its seasonal Christmas Markets during the holidays, a tradition that spread over from Germany and Austria. Both visitors and Italians alike enjoy the incredible array of goods that are displayed during this special time of the year. Big cities to small villages all over Italy participate in this cultural event.

Some markets only last a few days, a few are open only during the weekends, and others run up to a month and a half, often going through the Epiphany on January 6th. These markets are filled with delicious artisanal foods, high quality hand made gifts & wooden items, candy, decorations, toys and the list goes on… most of which are made locally! Visiting a Mercatino di Natale is always a very memorable experience.

The Italians pride themselves not only for the wide and interesting selection of products for sale, but equally for the mouth-watering displays of the exquisite local food and drinks available for tasting. For a truly authentic experience, one can venture to Abruzzo, where special transportion via train called the Transiberiana d'Italia, takes you around to all the Christmas markets in the surrounding areas.

Hop on and go for the shopping ride of your life!


Below is only a small sampling of some of the more well known markets, but many others also exist!

Place, Date and Link to the Christmas Markets:

Information is subject to change - please check the websites for the latest updates.

For more information regarding Christmas Markets, please visit the Italian Tourism website .

photo credits: wikimedia, regioni-italiane.com, news-town.it, italiantourism.com

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