Imagine yourself walking through the Piazza del Republica, you can’t help but notice the dazzling lights blanketing the buildings from rooftop to sidewalk. The carousel is spinning with happy laughter and the cold weather seems to fade away as you realize the spirit of Christmas is keeping you warm. Where is Piazza del Republica, you ask? Let us take you there! Our Christmas in Italy vacation packages are completely customized so that each member of your group is entertained, relaxed and enjoys every moment of their time in Italy.
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No matter where you travel to in Italy on your Christmas in Italy vacation; you’re sure to experience the richness of culture, history and the delicacy of Italian cuisine. You may find yourself aimlessly walking the halls of the Vatican in Rome and being utterly fascinated by the beauty and craft of the Sistine Chapel. Or perhaps you treat yourself to the remarkable food and scenery of Tuscany. Imagine the robust, bold flavors of wild boar over fresh pappardelle pasta followed by a sip of ruby-red Chianti, all the while overlooking the orange glowing sky setting beyond the infamous rolling hills of Tuscany.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to experience the holiday season in another country? Above is just a glimpse of what you can see and do in what we consider to be a perfect destination for your Christmas vacation. Florence, Italy, also known as Firenze by the locals, is the ideal place to visit, any time of the year. But, it’s especially remarkable to see during the holiday season due to its extravagant and whimsical holiday celebrations.
Nuzzled in the center of Italy, Firenze is the holiday escape you need. Traditionally, at the start of December, Italians start decorating their homes and shops in Christmas theme; ensuring you’ll feel the Christmas spirit all month long! On December 8, which is a National Holiday in Italy commemorating the countdown to Christmas, you won’t want to miss the famous Tree Lighting in Piazza del Duomo. The area is alive with festivity and includes a beautiful nativity scene nearby.
Germany is known for its Christmas markets, but you won’t have to travel there this year to experience one. Maintaining tradition, Piazza Santa Croce is transformed into a German look-alike market with authentic wooden houses offering mulled wine (warm red wine infused with typical holiday spices like, nutmeg and cinnamon) Christmas decorations for sale and plenty of tasty treats, like fresh roasted peanuts. The Florence Christmas Market is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit and make your Christmas vacation extra special.
It might not snow in Florence, but that won’t stop the winter sport fun. Ice skating, snow tubing and downhill skiing are all offered in The Obihall where the Tuscany Winter Park is hosted. The options for festive activity are plenty and all necessary equipment can be rented on site. Afterwards, warm up in the restaurant near by, Il Rifugio del Ghiottone, and sip on a cappuccino or hot chocolate.
Experience a walking tour of Florence during the holiday season and feel the magic of Christmas come alive throughout the entire city. Lights, bows and ornaments decorate the town and give you the warmth of the holiday season all month long. Enjoy Italian traditions such as the National Christmas Countdown, or get the mountain vibe in the city with ice skating at the Tuscany Winter Park. Firenze might be chilly in December, but you’ll stay warm with Christmas spirit as you stroll through the markets. Florence has a diverse variety of Christmas-centered activities for everyone; you can’t go wrong indulging in the experience. Our customized Christmas in Italy vacation packages are tailored to your exact needs and budget; so planning a trip is a breeze.
Traveling to Rome for Christmas is an obvious choice and not only do you get to indulge in the Christmas activities of Rome, but also the celebrations of Vatican City. It’s practically a two for one deal when you visit Rome in December.
The country’s capital is decked out in holiday spirit you’ll be captured by. In Rome, Piazza del Popolo has over 100 Nativities and similar to Florence, also has Christmas markets. To participate in the true meaning of Christmas, Take a walking tour of The Vatican and attend Midnight Mass with The Pope on Christmas Eve- make sure to book in advance though! St. Peter’s is flourishing in holiday cheer with a brilliant Christmas tree and life-sized Nativity scene in front of the basilica setting the perfect ambiance for your Christmas in Italy.
Naples may not have been your first thought to celebrate Christmas, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that it may be the perfect destination to spend your holiday this year. The city is the epicenter to the traditional Italian Nativity scene, offering tradition and holiday ambiance throughout.
“Christmas-Alley” as it’s referred to, is a street in Naples, celebrated for its figurines and detailed structures found year-round. The shops along Via San Gregorio Armeno have ornaments and collectibles for every occasion ranging from typical Italian flags, to more specific to the holidays such as holy families and shepherds, to modern day objects like, current politics and sports.
Make Naples or the nearby Amalfi Coast your Christmas destination and take a piece of it home (in the form of a figurine) with you to always remember your trip. Plus, having pizza for your Christmas in Italy vacation dinner doesn’t sound too bad.