Last Minute Italian Christmas Market Getaway
Italy just does Christmas a little differently to us in the UK and you have to see it to believe it, whether we’re talking about the markets, the food, or the Christmas lights which line the streets telling a romantic story as you stroll.
Around even the smallest corners will be Christmas touches, but in this blog I pick out 14 of Italy’s best. Top tip - hire a car so you can reach the beautiful hilltop villages and experience how the locals do Christmas tradition.
✨Christmas Markets in Trentino Alto-Adige 🎄
With its German heritage infused into local culture, the Christmas markets here are the best in Italy, and each village hosts its own.
Top 5 Original South Tyrol Christmas Markets:
LUCCIOLA loves: Castel Hortenburg, Hotel Weinegg, Parkhotel Laurin, Hotel Greif, Parkhotel Mondschein & Schloss Englar
LUCCIOLA loves: Hotel Gasserhof, Hotel Elephant, Haller Suites & Restaurant, Haus Lasaun, Hotel Pupp, Zum Alten Moar & My Arbor
LUCCIOLA loves: Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus, Gourmet & Boutique Hotel Tanzer, Alpin Hotel Sonnblick, B&B Boutique Hotel Clara, B&B Niedermairhof, Hotel Langgenhof &Hotel Restaurant Blitzburg
LUCCIOLA loves: Hotel Wieser, Hotel Residence Rose, Engels Park, Zur Traube, Steindl’s Boutique Hotel, Haus am Turm & Tenne Lodges
LUCCIOLA loves: Castel Rundegg, Park Hotel Mignon, Villa Tivoli, Schenna Resort, Hotel Terme Merano, Maison Valentina B&B & Ottmanngut Suite & Breakfast
It is naturally a time when everyone comes together, though, for those more popular Christmas locations, that can mean short term chaos for the locals with mass influx tourism. 💚The Top 5 are however classified as GREEN EVENTS: the events are planned, organised and executed with the environment as priority, considering also regional value creation, efficient use of resources, waste management, mobility and social responsibility.
Best Christmas Markets across the Rest of Italy
Looking outside of the mountainous, snowy and frankly the epitome of winter magic, Trentino, there are many other gorgeous market experiences across Italy:
🎁 Aosta (Valle d’Aosta)
LUCCIOLA loves: Maison Bondaz, B&B Le Petit Lievre, Le Reve Charmant, Hotel Milleluci & Domus Antica Aosta
🎁 Torino (Piemonte)
LUCCIOLA loves: Terres d'Aventure Suites, Hotel Victoria Torino, Turin Palace Hotel, Royal Palace Hotel & Hotel dei Pittori
🎁 Bologna (Emilia Romagna)
LUCCIOLA loves: Aemilia Hotel Bologna, Hotel Corona d'Oro, Hotel Porta San Mamolo, Art Hotel Commercianti & Art Hotel Orologio
🎁 Arezzo (Tuscany)
LUCCIOLA loves: La Striscia Wine Resort, La Cantina Relais, Hotel Le Capanne, Il Piccolo Cavour Charming House B&B, La Torre di Borgunto, Casa Mirko & Cuprena Agriturismo
🎁 Gubbio (Umbria)
LUCCIOLA loves: Borgo di Carpiano, Park Hotel ai Cappuccini, Hotel Porta Marmorea, Hotel Bosone Palace, La Panoramica Gubbio - Maison de Charme, Nikis Resort & Al Vescovado 7
🎁 Urbino (Marche)
LUCCIOLA loves: B&B Albornoz, Country House Ca'Balsomino, Agriturismo Ca' Andreana, Residenza Ambrogi Luxury Suites & Balcone sulle Meraviglie
🎁 Viterbo (Lazio)
LUCCIOLA loves: B&B dei Papi, Podere dell'Arco Country Charme, Tenuta di Paternostro, La Fattoria Barbini B&B, Al 22 di Piazza del Gesu, Palazzo Ubertini, B&B Viterbo Antica & Torre di Vico Residenza D'Epoca
🎁 L’Aquila (Abruzzo)
LUCCIOLA loves: Palazzo dei Pavoni, Dimora Fortebraccio, Palazzo Rustici B&B, B&B Charme Celestino V, Casa Horti B&B & Residenza San Giorgio
🎁 Castellabate, Cilento (Campania)
LUCCIOLA loves: Palazzo Gentilcore, Residenza Matarazzo & Residenza d'Epoca Tamara
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