How do you celebrate the holidays in

12/03/2014 - 03:54

How do you celebrate the holidays in Italy?  We pose this question to you, our valued community members, to seek advice on how best to celebrate this December and January when visiting from abroad. As part of an article offering travel advice for those coming for the holidays, we will add the best answers provided to us here. For example, my first Christmas in Italy, I visited the Duomo cathedral in Florence on Christmas eve, even without being religious it was such an incredible experience to see the choir and mass in one of the world's most important cathedrals. On New Year's Eve, we danced the night away in various piazzas around town at the open-air music concerts. We look forward to your answers and insider tips! 



These are tips for Rome: Check Out the Nativity ScenesDuring the Christmas holidays, you’ll see nativity scenes set up all over the city - from churches to shops.  On Christmas Eve the famous life-sized nativity in St. Peter’s Square will be unveiled.  Join the many visitors and locals that flock here each year to see it. Go to the TheatreFrom December 18th to January 4th, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma will be putting on performances of the Nutcracker.  The Italian orchestra and ballet is sure to be a magical holiday experience.  Go Ice SkatingHit the ice and go skating next to the iconic Castle Sant’Angelo.  You can also find other ice skating rinks around the city at Re di Roma, Tor di Quinto, and Villa Gordiani. 

I just love walking around Florence in December and be hit by the thousands of lights sparkling up La Rinascente in Piazza della Repubblica, marveling at the Christmas decorations hanging above our heads whille shopping and the windows looking extremely Christmassy; just the way Italians like it! Merry Christmas Italy Magazine!

In Tuscany? Colder weather is perfect for Brunello tastings, and there are few lovelier places to be than in between the barrels, glass in hand, on a winter afternoon....  For the first time, we are organising intimate tastings for small groups on Saturday and Sunday afternoons all through the winter. They have to be booked and are conducted by an expert. Details are on our website - but I can't seem to post the link! There are also many properties adhering to the Cantine Aperte a Natale initiative which is definitely worth investigating....