Christmas Markets Italy

Christmas Markets Italy

Our Christmas Markets Italy tour will visit the cities featured below.

December 8 – 15, 2022

Euro 1.985,00 per person

christmas markets italy

MILANO

While some of the Christmas Markets in Italy are fashioned after the ones you’d find in Germany and Austria, Milan’s December fair, around the famed cathedral, is 100 percent made in Italy. It’s known locally as Oh Bej! Oh Bej! (meaning “how beautiful!” in local dialect). Legend has it that it dates back to the 1500s, when a papal envoy came to Milan bearing gifts for all the city’s children (who couldn’t help but cry “oh bej!” at the sight).

christmas markets italy

BOLZANO

Bolzano is one of Italy’s oldest Christmas markets. In the shadow of the snow-covered Dolomites, the medieval city center hosts numerous stalls selling locally made wares and traditional treats. The rustic romance is enough to charm visitors of all ages. In addition to the handcrafted local products like wool accessories, toys, and ornaments, you can of course find food stands, plus the local restaurants. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the holiday atmosphere!

christmas markets italy

MERANO / TYROL

The Merano Christmas Market covers most of the town center with its market stalls located on the scenic Passer Promenade. The culinary focus of the market relies on the local food, including a display of its Speck production, giving away some of the secrets behind their delicious smoked bacon and “Mein Beck” (ie my baker in the local dialect) where visitors can follow the various stages of bread prep, baking and of course to the sampling of the finished product.

christmas markets italy

VERONA

Verona has a tradition of romance and you’re sure to fall in love with this dreamy Christmas Market, which takes influences from Germany. You’ll find German foods, from sausage to stollen (a Christmas fruit bread) and Lebkuchen (gingerbread) in the stalls enclosed in the central Piazza Signori. The city’s famed Roman arena and historical entrance are illuminated with thousands of lights and a giant Christmas star.

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FLORENCE

There are larger Christmas markets in Italy, but few can boast a better backdrop than Florence’s gorgeous Gothic basilica in Piazza di Santa Croce. As you’d expect from its name, the Florence Weihnachtsmarkt draws heavily on German traditions – but its 50 or so wooden huts house a mixture of exhibitors from all over Europe, so you’re sure to some Florentine panforte (fruit cake) to go with your Bratwurst.

Christmas Markets Tour

Euro 1.985,00 per person

8 days and 7 nights

  • Select hotel accommodations w/ Daily Breakfast
  • Dinners (5) and Lunch Meals (4)
  • Tour Guides or Tour Leader in each location
  • Transportation between cities
  • Airport Arrival (Milan MXP) and Departure (Florence FLR) Transfers

Tour Does Not Include:

International Airfare
Meals not specifically mentioned
Gratuities and extras of any personal nature
City Visitors’ Taxes

Milan 2 nights + Verona (or Bolzano) 3 nights + Florence 2 nights

Daily activities will include escorted touring of respective markets in each location.

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