Well what can I say about this special place..my dream..visiting Italy one day..  If there is one place I would love to spend Christmas at, that would have to be this magical place..

Christmas traditions in Italy, are complex, varied, and full of history and ritual. So if you're planning a special Christmas celebration this year, whether it be a casual family dinner or a big Christmas bash, giving it a little bit of Italy is a wonderful way to make it truly special.

Italian Christmas traditions generally blend two spiritual traditions. One derives from the ancient Roman heritage of the region with a holiday called Saturnalia, which is traditionally celebrated on winter solstice. The second set of traditions comes from the Advent (Natale), which celebrates the birth of Jesus.

One of the most beloved Italian Christmas traditions is the figure of La Befana, who is effectively the female equivalent of Santa (see image below). It's customary for children to put out their shoes on January 6th to receive candies along with a gift of wine and food so La Befana can continue on her way with a full stomach.

The entire holiday season is one in which sweet treats are a star. Nougat, gingerbread, "panatone", fruit cake, sweet honey breads, and marzipan are a few examples of the goodies you'll find in nearly any Italian home until well after New Years. The candies represent the earth's bounty and life's sweetness.

Which ever italian city you decide to choose, makes little difference; Rome or Venice, Milan or Florence, Verona, Sienna, Salerno or Lake Como.. The Italians know how to celebrate and make the festive season extra special for everybody..

One day..walking around the piazza..holding a warm hand..getting beautifully lost..following the tunes of Andrea Bocelli or Luciano Pavarotti..una Bella giornata di Decembre..

Buon Natale!

T

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