Top Italian cities for your Christmas getaway
At this time of year, a lot of people want that idyllic festive holiday. Log cabins, Christmas markets and plates of sumptuous festive food, but the question is, where should you go? Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, famous for everything from opera and pizza, to the might of the Roman Empire. No matter what your personal taste, it certainly has something to offer everyone looking for a relaxing winter break, and here are the top cities that prove it.
As one of the world’s most famous shopping destinations, Milan is the perfect getaway for fashionistas and lovers of retail therapy. Not only can you pick up top designer clothing in Via Monte Napoleone or Corso Buenos Aires, but it’s the perfect place to buy presents for the whole family. Their Christmas markets are some of the best in the world; from exquisite scarfs to leather goods, you’ll be able to while away the hours winding through the many wooden cabins packed with hidden treasures. The huge Christmas tree in Piazza Duomo will make the perfect selfie background too.
For true foodies, what could be a better way to spend the Christmas break than by heading to the birthplace of pizza? It might not be traditional festive fayre, but there will be a whole host of other activities for you to enjoy, such as the Naples Christmas Market held close to Via San Gregorio Armeno. Held from late November through to late December, you’ll find this traditional market packed with everything from luxury handmade chocolates to intricately decorated gingerbread houses adorned with sweets. You’ll also find all the finest ingredients to help make those perfect festive dishes at home.
Rome is known worldwide for its great historical and archaeological importance, but during the winter months, it becomes a hive of cultural activity. There’s the annual Feast of Immaculate Conception on 8th December, where the streets come alive with parades and entertainment, or you could sit back and enjoy the sounds of the Italian Grand Opera show, with concerts on from 3rd November to 12th January. With famous arias from a multitude of operas including The Barber of Seville and La Traviata, you’ll be wanting to book your Rome opera tickets as soon as possible.
If you’re a true culture vulture, then you’ll want to head to Florence during the winter months. There are far less tourists on the streets during this period, so you’ll be able to peruse the many museums and galleries that this beautiful city has to offer in peace and quiet. Although you might be concerned that many areas will be closed over Christmas, the majority of museums are open both on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. Why not celebrate the festive season by stepping beneath the famous wooden beams of the Uffizi Gallery, the art museum that has been storing priceless masterpieces since 1581?
Where are you heading for a Christmas break?