Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

ITALY NEWS # 36 - November 29, 2007

 Christmas Market 

Trento - from December 15, 2007 through January 7, 2008

   www.apt.trento.itChristmas Market

With a beautiful historical setting inside the old city walls, surrounded by the snow-white peaks of the Alps, Trento offers a month of Christmas festivities. The magical atmosphere of the wooden huts full of traditional crafts, food and local wine is completed with classical concerts and exhibition in churches, theatres and museums. The beautiful candlelight Christmas atmosphere of Trento is waiting for you!



 Venice - From the 9th to the 18th of  December 2007

“La Fenice” theater is the most important opera house in Venice and one of the most elegant theaters in all of Italy. In 1996 it was destroyed by a devastating fire, one of the city's worst tragedies in the 20th century. After years of work to restore its magnificent original appearance, ”La Fenice” finally reopened its doors to Venice and the world.There will be eight performances -9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 18 December 2007 focused on Puccini’s Turandot.


The Nativity scene makers in Napoli

Napoli , Via San Gregorio Armeno

crib figuresNowhere like in Naples the representation of the Holy Family, is an extremely accurate art. During the 18th century for instance, the “presepe” became a sophisticated, dramatic scene, full characters with its own singular conventions that have little to do with the Biblical story. These intricate scenes, with figures in wood or terracotta prepared by most important sculptors of the city, were destined not for churches but for the residence of wealthy patrons. These days that ritual lives on in Via San Gregorio Armeno. In the heart of Naples, this narrow street is full with tons of artisan workshops with multicolored window displays and stalls overflowing with Nativity scenes. Also in Naples at the Museo Nazionale di San Martino you can see the "Presepe Cuciniello", a monumental collection from the 1700's that includes shepherds, angels, and animals.


 The biggest Christmas tree of the World

Gubbio- Umbria ; From 7 December 2007 to 6 January 2008

The lovely city of Gubbio lightens the biggest Christmas tree in the world with more than 12 kilometers of cables. Located in the green heart of Umbria, the tree is stretched out on the whole side of the mountain behind Gubbio, his base is large as the entire city and the shining comet ends at the Basilica of San Ubaldo on the top of the mountain.




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