words by Carol King:
As Christmas approaches, Carol King selects the top 10 Christmas markets in Italy which offer gift ideas, decorations, local handicrafts and – best of all – festive food and wine.
Aosta, Aosta Valley
The Marché Vert Noël (Green Christmas Market) turns a little piece of the town into an alpine village. Among the gifts to buy are candles, Christmas decorations, handmade soaps, ceramics, wooden handicrafts and antique furniture, as well as clothing and accessories made from wool, felt, hemp and lace.
Open: 1 December 2012 to 6 January 2013
Venue: Piazza Caveri
Trento, Trentino Alto Adige
The Trento Christmas market is one of the most famous in the region. You can buy 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).
Open: 24 November to 24 December 2012
Venue: Piazza Fiera