Germany and Austria are famous for their impressive Christmas markets. But did you know that Italy has a few that can easily rival it’s more renowned neighbors? it’s true. If you find yourself in Northern Italy here are a few you can check out for a weekend of Italian Christmas market magic.
Merano is a smaller market than some of the other ones on this list. But situated along a river bank this is a good little stop to get your feet wet (hopefully not literally) on your Italian Christmas market road trip.
This market was busy yet the chaos made it feel very vibrant. This is a typical Christmas market, only instead of German foods you get the lovely Italian pastas, cheeses and cured meats. Trento is a worthwhile stop if it is on your way but if it isn’t make sure you check out the recommendations below!
Bolzano is one of the larger Christmas markets in Northern Italy. Situated in a mountain town it has a very similar feel to a German or Austrian Christmas market but of course, with an Italian twist. If you do decide to head to Bolzano for the Christmas market, make sure you check out the iceman. Then warm up inside with a beer and pretzel at Forst.
Lago di Carezza
This market was completely unexpected but it was by far my favorite! We stumbled upon it while driving through the woods. It’s a tiny little market set up around a frozen lake right on the Austrian border (but technically in Italy). This market was complete with lots of little fires, wooden sculptures and of course…vin brule! If you can make it here during the Christmas market season you absolutely should!
Looking for more Italian Christmas magic? Check out this post on some adorable Christmas towns!
Do you have other Italian Christmas markets that you love? Tell me about them in the comments section!