Christmas in Italy: ‘Ndocciata Torch Parade

Updated 2019. Italy has many special Christmas celebrations, but there’s one in the region of Molise that may be among the most unique. The ‘Ndocciata, or torchlight parade, takes place on December 8 and 24 in the town of Agnone. It is the largest celebration of its kind in the world. The ndocce are 6- to 8-foot-high torches made of silver …

A Guide to Christmas Markets in Italy

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!

Italian Vocabulary: Christmas Traditions in Italy

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.

Christmas in Umbria: Perugia Christmas Markets, Living Nativity Scenes and More

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.