Christmas in South Tyrol: a magical tour of holiday traditions

Article by Chiara Assi: The northernmost part of Trentino Alto Adige has numerous holiday traditions and famous Christmas markets. Bolzano, Vipiteno, Bressanone Merano and Castelrotto are the biggest and most renowned – photo and article credit l’Italo Americano
For many of us the thought of Christmas conjures images of quaint mountain villages covered with a white blanket of snow, fires roaring in fireplaces, families gathering around the table to enjoy the same homemade cookies and meals year after year.

Even the most progressive among us like to relive the holiday traditions that are part of our past and remind us of our childhood: we keep old ornaments that our kids have crafted in kindergarten, we secretly enjoy those annoyingly repetitive songs they play at every store and we would never give up preparing the special tortellini or roast that our nonna used to cook so many Christmases ago.

And if Christmas is a time to rediscover and embrace tradition, there is one area of Italy that, more than others, has roots that run deep into its past: South Tyrol, the northernmost part of Trentino Alto Adige, with the gorgeous backdrop of the pink Dolomites, its wide valleys and abundant snow, is one of those places so Christmassy it would probably make even Scrooge smile. The market stalls sell locally handcrafted wooden sculptures, Christmas ornaments and homemade sweets

Its holiday traditions, too, are numerous and varied, as are its famous Christmas markets: Bolzano, Vipiteno, Bressanone Merano and Castelrotto are the biggest and most renowned, but a multitude of other smaller villages offer their fair share of beautifully decorated market stalls selling locally handcrafted wooden sculptures, Christmas ornaments and homemade sweets.

Read full article by Chiara Assi published by l’Italo Americano on December 12, 2015: http://www.italoamericano.org/story/2015-12-12/South-Tyrol

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