Italy is a special place to be during the Christmas season. For one thing, there’s not as much foot traffic as you will expect to find in the summertime. Additionally, Italy is home to several magical Christmas markets. Here are the best Christmas markets you must visit if you are in Italy for the holidays:
Merano in South Tyrol
Every year, the Alpine town of Merano fills the streets with glimmering Christmas decorations. Also, Saint Nicolas happens to be the patron saint of Merano, so it’s only fitting that the town has an extraordinary Christmas market! The market is open from November 24th – January 6th.
Piazza dei Signori in Verona
This romantic Mercatino di Natale is everything you would expect and more. The market is situated in Piazza dei Signori and takes on many German influences you would expect to find in many markets such as sausage and Lebkuchen (gingerbread). Open from November 17th – December 26th.
Piazza Walther in Bolzano
This is one of Italy’s oldest markets that sell traditional treats and festive crafts. Families flock to this particular location because of the impressive Children’s Market, complete with a miniature train, puppet theatre and merry-go-round. Open November 24th – January 6th.
The Trento Christmas Market
Between the Piazza Fiera and Piazza Cesare Battisti lies the incredibly charming market, Mercatino di Natale Trento. This market is unique as the vendors pride themselves on sustainability. The market goes above and beyond to ensure products sold do not have a harmful impact on the environment. Open from mid-November until January 6th.