The Legend of La Befana: Christmas in Italy

“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.

What to Eat for An Italian Christmas Eve Dinner

Hard to believe Christmas Eve is just around the corner. Thinking about celebrating it in Italian style? Then get ready to visit your favorite fishmonger, you will be making at least seven seafood courses! That’s because Italians celebrate the Feast of Seven Fishes on la vigilia di Natale (Christmas Eve). As Toni Lydecker writes, “The idea of serving seven fish …

A Roman Christmas

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.

Christmas Markets in Italy’s Trentino Alto Adige

The Telegraph (U.K.) recommends the region of Trentino Alto Adige in northern Italy as a great place to experience Christmas markets and a little skiing. Close to Germany and Switzerland, this lesser known region shares a long history of Christmas markets with its neighbors. “The town of Arco, three miles from Lake Garda, is particularly popular with families during the …

Rome’s Most Expensive Christmas Dinner

Rome is a popular destination for Christmas travel. As we’ll be detailing in the November 2008 issue of Dream of Italy, while many restaurants in Rome close for the Christmas holiday, many more, especially some of the top tier eateries and those in hotels, stay open to serve travelers and Roman natives alike. One of these is La Pergola in …