December isn’t usually the first month that comes to mind when making plans to visit Italy. However, there are plenty of great reasons to make the trip during this winter month.

Winter tends to be the low season for tourists in Italy, but it doesn’t make it a bad time to explore the country. With fewer crowds, cheaper prices, and festive celebrations, Italy in December is a treat. Here are a few reasons why you might prefer to visit in December…

THE WINTER SCENERY

Italy is surprisingly beautiful when it snows. If you look at photos of Venice in December, you’ll be likely to find scenes that look like a winter wonderland. In fact, even the locals trade the beaches for the ski resorts during the winter.

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SHOPPING IN MILAN

December is a hot spot for shopping in Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world. As the designer shops and boutiques gear up for the holidays, the sales and window displays gear up as well. Milan hosts a Christmas market in the center of town, an antiques fair, a candy market, and church ceremonies throughout the month.

TO CELEBRATE THE LOCAL HOLIDAYS

Italy takes their winter holidays pretty seriously. Celebrations around Christmas go on all throughout December and January. And, anyone who visits will get to witness some of the local traditions. Expect to see Christmas markets, bonfires, and colorful celebrations all throughout your visit.

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TO VISIT TUSCANY

The rolling hills of Tuscany look just as beautiful covered in snow as they do with the sun. From old, stone farmhouses to barren vineyards, the wintery scene here is alarmingly beautiful. Known as a foodie paradise, visitors to Tuscany in December can enjoy hearty soups and stews that make a seasonal appearance.

TO TAKE A SKIING OR SNOWBOARDING TRIP

Since December is the season for skiing, you won’t find low season prices. However, the slopes and scenery are top notch, making it worth the prices. If you love skiing and the mountain culture that goes along with it, you’ll love the experience of winter sports in Italy.

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TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE LOW SEASON

Travel in Italy can get a little expensive. However, if you visit during December, you can take advantage of the low season prices. Tickets to attractions, airfare, and hotels will typically be offered at discounts so that you can stretch your money further and make the most of your trip. Plus, there won’t be as many crowds so you won’t have to wait in long lines. Braving just a little bit of cold weather can make your trip cheaper and more enjoyable.

ATTENDING THE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS IN FLORENCE

Throughout the month of December, Florence hosts Christmas markets and festive parades. There is also the Noel Festival which brings celebrations and elaborate decorations along with it.

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