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 …
We think you will really enjoy this video of La Befana (Italy’s Christmas witch) through the eyes of a child, produced by our friends at Walks of Italy. When you’re finished watching, check out our article on La Befana in Rome and the guest article on Christmas markets in Italy by our friends from Walks of Italy.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
There always seems to be a great deal of interest in traveling to Italy for Christmas or enjoying Italian Christmas traditions at home, (That’s also what prompted us to create a free e-book on Christmas in Italy!) Well here’s a unique opportunity to visit Italy, spend a week learning the Italian language as well learn about Italian Christmas traditions — …
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.
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.