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Christmas in Italy: How to Celebrate Christmas and New Years in Rome, Venice, Florence, Sicily and More Italian Destinations

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** NEW: Guide to Christmas Markets in Italy (Free Italy Travel Advice) **
We love Christmas markets in Italy. They aren't just a great place to take care of holiday shopping. With their stalls lit up at night, the scent of mulled wine and pastries floating through the air, and lots of Italian families strolling about, their atmosphere alone makes them worth visiting! . . . read more
** NEW: The Language and Traditions of Christmas and New Year's in Italy (Free Italy Travel Advice) **
The basics on what you need to know to enjoy the Italian holiday season including greetings in the Italian language, Italian Christmas traditions and special holiday foods. . . . read more
**NEW: New Year's on the Amalfi Coast + Traditional Lentils Recipe (Free Italy Travel Advice)**
New Year's on the Amalfi Coast is a two-day celebration featuring fireworks, drinking, dancing and most importantly food. Also find a lentils recipe said to bring good luck in the new year! . . . read more
** NEW: A Primer on Italian Christmas Traditions with Italian Holiday Vocabulary (Free Italy Travel Advice)
Find out more about how Italians celebrate Christmas and New Year's and improve your Italian language skills. Melissa Muldoon and Vita Gentile instruct us on the best Italian words to describe the holiday season. . . . read more
** NEW: A Tour Through Italian Christmas Desserts + Recipe for A Sicilian Christmas Treat **
Our friend Melissa Muldoon takes us on a tour of Christmas desserts from Italy - from panettone to chocolate salami - and shares a holiday treat from Sicily - Croccante alle Mandorle Siciliano. . . . read more
** NEW: Christmas in Umbria - Perugia Christmas Markets, Living Nativity Scenes and More (Free Italy Travel Advice) **
If you're yearning for an Old World Christmas, there's no better place to find it than --ahem--the Old World. Though in recent decades the Christmas holidays in Umbria have become more commercialized and adopted many of the trappings of the Anglo-Saxon version enough of the region's traditions endure to make spending your winter holiday in Italy's green heart. . . . read more
** NEW: Christmas in Calabria - Festa di Santa Lucia + Cuccia Recipes (Free Italy Travel Advice) **
Although she was born in Sicily, Santa Lucia is adored by Calabrians who created prayers and proverbs in her honor. They take Festa di Santa Lucia very seriously. Read on to explore the history of this sacred day. . . . read more
Christmas in Italy: In Time for the Epiphany, The Legend of La Befana (Free Italy Travel Advice)
"There is no Santa Claus in Italy," my Nana told me when I was a kid. Nana said she had to wait until January 6, The Feast of the Epiphany, to get gifts. The presents came from an old crone with a hairy mole on her chin who rode around on a broom. She was called La Befana. . . . read more
Christmas Eve in Rome: Midnight Mass at Santa Maria in Ara Coeli (Free Italy Travel Advice)
Every Christmas Eve, the 124 stone steps leading to the Altar of the Heavens, or the Ara Coeli in Rome, Italy are illuminated by flickering candlelight atop the highest point of Capitoline Hill in Rome. . . . read more
Italian Christmas Dessert Recipe: Salame Dolce (Sweet Chocolate Salami)
Judy Witts Francini a.k.a. Divina Cucina recommends keeping this dessert in the freezer as a back-up dessert for holiday guests. We say put it on your Christmas dessert table - it is that good! . . . read more
Christmas Eve in Italy: Celebrating the Feast of Seven Fishes, Sicilian Style (Free Italy Travel Advice)
Italians traditionally serve seven fish courses on Christmas Eve. The idea of serving seven fish dishes or varieties of seafood is often linked to the number of sacraments or the days God required to create the world. . . . read more
Sicilian Seafood Recipes for and Italian Christmas Eve - Feast of Seven Fishes (Free Italy Travel Advice)
Celebrate the Italian tradition of Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve with this Sicilian seafood recipes for Baccalà and Potato Stew alla Siracusana and Octopus al Nero d'Avola. . . . read more
** Rome Restaurants Open for Christmas and New Year's (Free Italy Travel Advice) **
One of the challenges of spending Christmas in Rome can be finding a special place that will be open for Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas lunch. New Year's Eve is a little easier...We have a list of Rome restaurants open for the holidays. . . . read more
Christmas in Rome: A Roman Christmas (Free Italy Travel Advice)
Spending Christmas in the Eternal City? Our writer tells us everything she knows about Roman Christmas traditions as well as some non-traditional ways to spend the holidays in Rome. . . . read more
An Insider's Travel Advice for Christmas in Venice and New Year's Eve in Venice (Free Italy Travel Advice)
Thinking of heading to Italy for the holidays? Here is a must have guide to holiday sights and sounds in Venice Italy - from the best Christmas markets in Venice to New Year's concerts and much more. . . . read more
Panettone: An Italian Holiday Tradition (Free Italy Travel Advice)
When I first saw panettone, I thought it was the ubiquitous fruitcake that you see around the holidays. You know- the dense brick of a log that everyone hates, but gets as a gift...but no, I found out it is much, much more. . . . read more
How to Enjoy Christmas in Florence Italy with Your Family (Free Italy Travel Advice)
Thinking about heading to Firenze with your family for the holidays? Don't leave without checking out our expert advice to help you really enjoy the magic of the city. Read on for details. . . . read more
**How to See the Pope at Christmas and Throughout the Year (Free Italy Travel Advice)**
When and where you need to be to see the Pope at midnight mass at Christmas and throughout the year, and how to get tickets when necessary. . . . read more
Piazzas and Prosecco: Celebrating New Year's Eve in Italy (Free Italy Travel Advice)
New York's Times Square isn't the only square that knows how to throw a New Year's Eve party. Italy's city squares offer less flashy alternatives to the raucous New York crowds. . . . read more
Celebrate Christmas and New Year's, Italian Style (Free Italy Travel Advice)
Thinking about spending the holidays abroad? Great idea! Here's what you need to know about Christmas and New Year's in Italy, from the Feast of the Immaculate Conception to Epiphany. . . . read more
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