Italy is known for its rich heritage and delicious food—and those two things collide perfectly at Christmas time. If you spend christmas in Italy you will notice the entire country comes alive with a blend of ancient traditions and modern festivities. This makes it the perfect place to celebrate this special time of year.
Why Should you go to Italy?
There are many reasons why Italy is the best place to celebrate Christmas.
The first reason is that it’s located in Europe. The weather is warm and sunny, so you don’t have to worry about snow or ice making things difficult for you or your family. If you don’t like the cold, or if you want to enjoy some time away from it, then Italy is definitely a great option!
Another reason why Italy is great is because of its history and culture. There are many different kinds of art and architecture throughout the country, which makes it even more interesting than other places around the world during this holiday season!
And finally: food! There are so many delicious dishes on offer in Italy around this time of year—not just traditional Italian dishes but also European favorites as well!
Where to spend Christmas in Italy
The best places to spend christmas in Italy are Venice and Rome.
Why spend Christmas in Venice
Venice is beautiful at any time of year, but during the holidays it’s even more magical than usual. The city is overflowing with decorations, lights, and Christmas trees, and there’s something about the holiday that makes it feel like everyone is in a good mood. You can take part in all of the festivities by walking through St. Mark’s Square (the main square) and seeing the beautiful decorations on display there. There are also countless Christmas markets throughout the city where you can buy gifts for friends and family, or just enjoy some delicious food and drink!
Why spend Christmas in Rome
Go to Rome because of its incredible history as well as its modern attractions. You can see all kinds of things from ancient ruins to modern buildings while exploring Rome during your stay—and you’ll be able to do so while enjoying some amazing food and drink! If you’d like to visit the Vatican Museum then don’t forget to book ahead of time because tickets sell out quickly during this busy season!
Spend Christmas in Florence
Another city steeped in history is Florence which has been home to some of Italy’s most famous artists including Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. You can visit their homes which are now museums where they lived and worked before heading out into the city centre which has plenty more things to see including museums and galleries containing artworks from these great artists.
If you’re more into modern art and architecture, take a trip to Milan. The city won’t be as old as Florence, but it does have an incredible range of contemporary art museums and galleries—and if you’re feeling adventurous, try visiting one of its many clubs!
Spend Christmas in Nature
If you’d rather spend time with nature than people this Christmas season, then Lake Como might be a good option for you. The lake is surrounded by mountains on three sides, making it perfect for skiing or snowboarding in warmer months—but there are also plenty of cozy cafes where you can warm up after your day outside in the crisp air.
What to eat during Christmas in Italy
For one thing, Italians are known for their great food and wine—and there are few places in the world where you can find better food or drink than in Italy. You’ll be sure to find some of your favorite Italian dishes here: risotto, pizza, pasta…and so much more. Even if you’re not hosting Christmas dinner yourself (though why wouldn’t you?), there are plenty of restaurants that offer traditional Italian meals on Christmas day—and many of them even offer special menus with all-you-can-eat options for guests who don’t want to cook at home!
Choose between traditional dishes like panettone or pandoro cake; modern options like chestnut soup or chestnut ravioli; or even something more exotic like an “Italian” pizza made with fresh seafood from the Adriatic Sea or our very own Spaghetti Vongole. Don’t forget our sweet Italian cocktail recommendations!
And it’s not just about eating: Christmas markets are a huge part of Italian culture. Every year from November through January (sometimes longer), cities all over Italy host these markets as part of their annual celebration of Advent—the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day. These markets have everything from handmade crafts made by local artists to delicious food vendors offering treats.
Not convinced yet about going to Italy and ready to explore more options? Check out our other European winter destinations!