Christmas in Tuscany: markets and nativity scenes

December is definitely one of my favourite months of the year: even though the days are short and cold is intense,  the upcoming holidays with their lights and ornaments, the delicious Christmas sweets and the several events such as markets and nativity scenes make Christmastime always very special! I love visiting Christmas markets and nativity scenes (the so called “presepi“) and even though many times I just buy a cup of vin brulé or some sweets, the atmosphere is joyful and a visit is worth. Here are some suggestions and ideas to live a happy Christmastime in Tuscany:

Christmas Market in  Palazzuolo sul Senio (FI), Sunday, December 22nd

In the Province of Firenze, near the border with the Region Emilia Romagna, there is an enchanting zone called Alto Mugello, and the evocative village of Palazzuolo sul Senio, where every December the market “The Magic of Christmastime” is organized. In a fascinating atmosphere, the streets of the centre fill with many stalls where you can buy gifts and all sort of decorations, the wooden mountain hut of Santa Claus (Babbo Natale in Italian) and the stands with typical winter products such as  polentahot chocolate, pasta tortellini filled with chestnuts, and  many other delicious dishes! When the night comes, the hamlet’s streets are illuminated by evocative white lanterns. This is one of the most fascinating Christmas market in Tuscany, inspired to the Nordic traditions and atmosphere.
In the same period, the initiative “1,000 nativity scenes for Palazzuolo” will set up in the most characteristic corners of the hamlet nativity scenes in all shapes, sizes and forms.

The Way of Nativity in Castelfiorentino (FI), till January 6th , 2014

In the old town centre of Castelfiorentino, still in the Province of Florence, till January 6th, 2014 nativity scenes made by the locals will be exhibited in a wide range of places: from the churches to cellars, from the windows of houses and shops to some spaces in the former prison, 40 different places have been set up to admire the fascinating homemade nativity scenes.

Christmas market in Montepulciano  (SI), till January 6th, 2014

In the marvellous hamlet of Montepulciano in the province of Siena, the Christmas market is set up in the fascinating rooms of the  Le Logge della Mercanzia, right on the central Piazza Grande. The market is the ideal the place to buy the typical products of the territory, such as honey, marmelades, olive oil, chocolate, sweets, pasta and conserve. Open daily from 10.30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday,closed on Christmas and New Year’s days.

Have a Great Christmastime in the splendent Tuscany

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