Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

ITALY NEWS # 71 - December 11th, 2008

 The Nativity scene makers

Napoli - Christmas holidays


During Christmas time, more than half a million tourists come to see the shops with the original miniature figurines and the shops in this street are especially busy. However, the most shops are open all year round and you can take your time and have a look around after New Year’s. A good period to visit the street is in september-november, when all the handicraftsmen start to prepare their shop for the busy Christmas time. If you want more presepe”, in the Museo Nazionale di San Martino you can see a famous collection of Neapolitan nativity scenes including the largest nativity scene, the Presepe Cuciniello, with 162 people, 80 animals, angels, and about 450 miniature objects, among the finest nativity scenes in the world.

   Christmas market in Bolzano

Bolzano  - Christmas holidays

Bolzano and the traditional appointment of advent: the Christmas Market with all the typical atmosphere of the preparation of Christmas. The scents of the wine and the Christmas pastry shop are stirred to the sounds of Christmas music in an indeed only concert. Rich program of animation in the week-end in the Walther Square and the Churches of Bolzano. During the Christmas Market some of restaurants of Bolzano and San Genesio offer, to fixed price, their characteristic menů. The menů reveal the extraordinary combination between the typically European kitchen and the taste of the Mediterranean tradition. 80 stallholders in their delightful little huts will offer for sale handmade wooden, glass and ceramic products along with charming Christmas and Christmas tree decorations, delicious seasonal pastries and many more original gifts.

   Christmas market in Trento

Trento - Christmas holidays

Trento, typical Central European town and meeting point of Italian and German cultures, is often defined as “the first Italian town after Brennero Pass”. That is why it has assimilated traditions from both cultures over the centuries. Undoubtedly, the most famous and important of these traditions is the “Christkindlmarkt”, that goes back to the XIV century in Germany with the so called “Santa Claus Market”. At the time, it was the only occasion in the year to buy Christmas ornaments. In fact, children of Trentino, especially the ones living in the valleys near Trento, used to celebrate Santa Claus as well as The Christ Child and Santa Lucia. Therefore, the first editions of the Christmas Market in Trento started on the 6th December. Year after year, this event has become more and more important, and now it is a place where you can find the most beautiful and particular gifts, craftworks of real quality for the whole family.

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