Wintry wonders, Italian-style

by Sunni Chapman

Torrone tempts your tastebuds. Strings of lights blink overhead. Where are you? In a mercatino di Natale — one of Italy’s Christmas markets. Throughout late November and December, towns big and small are home to outdoor holiday bazaars — selling candied nuts, local liqueurs, and carved ornaments.

Bordering Switzerland, the Trentino area is a place where Italian and German traditions fuse. Wandering the city of Trento’s snow- dusted stalls, you might spot handmade nativity figurines carved from wood or taste the region’s rich milk chocolate. As you stroll the labyrinth of sellers, stay warm with a steaming cup of vin brulè (mulled wine) or a pretzel.

Trentino is an ideal winter destination, offering travelers snow-capped vistas, age-old traditions, and untouched nature. Breathing in the wintry Alpine air, you can’t help but feel the warmth of the holidays here. Buon natale!

Below you’ll find our Italian-approved tips for the perfect wintry weekend in Italy!


3 Days in the Italian Alps

* Day 1, Trento - The region’s capital, Trento, is also home to its largest Christmas bazaar. Over 90 local vendors fill the city’s main squares, giving visitors a taste of the area’s artisan traditions. Visitors can shop here for hand-carved ornaments, local salami, and regional food and drink specialities.

Day 2, Rovereto - An ancient fortress town, Rovereto shows the architectural influence of Venice and the Austrians — both of whom ruled. Rovereto’s Christmas mercatino combines local Trentino traditions and those from the holy land. Travelers can taste specialities like spätzle or bread dumplings here. A visit would be incomplete without trying the city’s fine chocolates or a guided tour of its glassmaking workshops.

Day 3, Levico - Surrounded by rugged peaks, Levico offers a glimpse of mountain life. Housed in the splendid Hapsburg gardens, Levico’s charming Christmas market overflows with local traditions: cheese vendors, polenta makers and woodworkers. Of particular interest are

Winter in Italy is filled with the warmth of family traditions and local festivals. With the hectic high season a distant memory, your travelers can enjoy Italy minus the crowds. Winter is the perfect time to relish local traditions (and a cup of mulled wine!)... in Italian style.

Ciao, ciao!



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