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Where do Italians buy their Christmas Gifts?

Where are Italians going to buy their Christmas gifts? 41% of Italians will buy them from shopping centres, 4% less than last year, while 21% of Italians, 5% more than last year, are going to buy them online. 21% will buy from small shops and flea markets.

In time of difficulties Christmas markets are the ideal place where small cheap gifts can be found. There’s no shortage of these markets in Italy!

In Valle d’Aosta at the Marché Vert Noël (Green Christmas Market) it’s possible to buy candles, Christmas decorations, handmade soaps, ceramics, wooden handicrafts and antique furniture, as well as clothing and accessories made from wool, felt, hemp and lace.

The Trento Christmas market is one of the most famous for traditional decorations and nativity scenes. A gourmet section is dedicated to local specialties such as treccia mochèna (plaited pastry cake), polenta brustolada (grilled polenta), and canederli (dumplings), as well as vin brulè (mulled wine) and parampampoli (hot toddies).

The Christmas market in Bolzano offers traditional handcrafted items made of wood, glass and clay, as well as Christmas decorations and sweets.

Each year Verona hosts the Nuremberg Christmas market in the central square. The German-style market has elegantly illuminated and decorated traditional wooden huts, selling regional foods, handicrafts and Christmas tree decorations. There it is possible to taste specialties such as mulled wine, bratwurst, fruit cakes and lebkuchen biscuits that are similar to gingerbread.

Cortina d’Ampezzo’s Christmas market brings lights, colour and a festive atmosphere to the main street. Artisans and local producers sell products including, candles, toys and handicrafts. Mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and traditional sweets are also available, and it is possible to listen to performances of traditional Christmas songs.

In Milan there is the “Villaggio delle Meraviglie” (Wonderland Village) a Christmas market in the Indro Montanelli Gardens in the city centre. There is also a skating rink and shows throughout the festive season.

In Tuscany the Mercato Tedesco di Natale (German Christmas Market) is inspired by the traditional market held in Heidelberg, Germany.  

The most famous Christmas market in Rome is in Piazza Navona during the Christmas period. A stroll in the market is the typical family activity on the 25th afternoon after a very big lunch. 

In Naples the narrow street of Via San Gregorio Armeno is famous all over the world for its handcrafted nativity figures.  

Giulia Lombardo

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