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Waiting for Christmas

Wasn’t there all the waiting during those magical days that slowly lead to Christmas, would this period of the year still be so special? It’s the waiting, the desire for that day to come as soon as possible, and everything we do in the meantime that make it so unique.
The large amount of presents we have to buy, lights, decorations, Christmas carols, carousels, reindeers leading sledges, smell of the typical sweets and mulled wine, all this and much more makes the atmosphere warmer and fabulous. The kid hidden inside each one of us comes out and gets lost among the infinity of the stalls and christmas market’s attractions.
The Christmas markets are a full immersion in the Christmas magic, among suggestions and heady scents, but also the occasion to visit new places with a particular atmosphere, which enhances their beauty, culture and ancient traditions. In this article we will suggest the most beautiful Christmas markets in Tuscany.

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From 19/11 to 26/12, a wonderful Christmas market takes place in the spectacular historical center of Arezzo. It gathers stands from Tirol, Austria and Germany, with the best local productions of Tuscany: artisans, wood carvers, sculptors and potters will display Christmas ornaments that are hand-painted, plates, objects, fabrics, artifacts, Nativity figures, angels, carillons and small nordic houses.
A green touch is given by the Christmas Gardener, a shopping area dedicated to Christmas trees, plants and ideas for sustainable presents. The Big Lights are spectacular and emotional, their light effects, colors and music make the Tyrolean village unique: starting from 17 magical images will be shown on the walls of the buildings, which will be magically coloured by the Christmas atmosphere. You can’t miss, among other attractions,  the Lego Brick House Art, the Christmas lego house
will be hosted in the contemporary art gallery of San Francesco square: particular artworks, big installations, mosaics completely realized with a total of 2 millions of the most famous bricks in the world.
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In the suggestive “Piazza del Campo” in Siena, the 14th edition of the “Mercato del Campo” (Campo’s market) takes place on saturday 3rd and sunday 4th. It’s a kind of reconstruction of the historical “Grande Mercato” (Big Market) which took place once a week in Siena in the 14th century. More than 160 stands set up in the suggestive shell of Campo square in Siena offer the best enogastronomic and artisan products in a festive atmosphere.
Not only sweets, the products offered range from: hand-made pasta, oil cheese, saffron honey, typical sweets like “ricciarelli, cavallucci and chocolate panforte”,
DOP products like Cinta Senese (ham), Extra-Virgin Oil from “Oliva Terre di Siena”, Pecorino Toscano (cheese) and San Gimignano saffron. For those who love art and antiques, the Market offers unique objects, like books and paintings about local art and history, objects made through glass fusion, paper artfacts, wrought iron complements and artistic handmade pottery. Lastly, there will also be Christmas themed stands with presents, objects for the nativity scene and tree ornaments.
The wood chalet in Santa Croce square. Quite unusual? Yes, but not during Christmas time, when in one of the most suggestive squares in the center of Florence take place the Christmas markets, while the Santa Croce cathedral it’s open for a moment of meditation. An interesting path among objects for the nativity scene and Christmas decorations, presents’ ideas and gastronomic temptations will lead you through a complete trip among the culinary traditions. There is Santa Claus’ House entirely dedicated to children, with a post office for Santa Claus letters.

The wood chalet in Santa Croce square. Quite unusual? Yes, but not during Christmas time, when in one of the most suggestive squares in the center of Florence take place the Christmas markets, while the Santa Croce cathedral it’s open for a moment of meditation. An interesting path among objects for the nativity scene and Christmas decorations, presents’ ideas and gastronomic temptations will lead you through a complete trip among the culinary traditions. There is Santa Claus’ House entirely dedicated to children, with a post office for Santa Claus letters.
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In the marvelous town of Montepulciano, in the Tuscany landscape of the province of Siena, the lights of “Christmas in Montepulciano” turn on on the 19th november 2022. This event proposes one of the biggest Christmas Markets in Italy, which counts more than 60 wood houses for Christmas shopping and many attractions for both adults and children.
Inside the Christmas market, a great attention is reserved to the originality of the displayed products, thanks to the diversity of the commodity categories with stands from all over Italy you can find: Christmas decorations, wood craft, accessories and leather goods, local craftsmanship, jewelry, curiosities, food products, sweets, clothing, and much more. The market develops between San Donato street and the majestic “Piazza Grande”, which when the sun goes down, becomes illuminated by a show of lights and animations on the historic buildings. the middle age fortress, which is near to “Piazza Grande”, hosts Santa Claus’ castle, the principal attraction for children and their families. The castle, big, massive, majestic, with a lot of indoor rooms which can be visited, decorated and full of surprises, is able to amaze everyone, both children and adults. The visitors who enter the castle, will be able to meet Santa Claus with his elves, precious helpers, by visiting: the magical kitchen, the study to write Santa Claus letters, the winter garden where there are the sled and the resting reindeers and the fascinating throne’s room, where children can meet Santa Claus and post their letter in the fairy machine. Lastly, the Christmas Terrace is a real balcony in the heart of the historical center, a few meters from Piazza Grande market. It’s a frozen in time place, facing San Biagio Temple and Val d’Orcia, realized with the collaboration of Consorzio del Vino Nobile from Montepulciano (a red wine association), where you can sip a fine wine and taste the delicious excellences of the territory, in front of a breathtaking view.

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Via Vittorio Veneto, 18 52100 Arezzo

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Registro Imprese di Arezzo - REA 123193, Cap.Soc. I.V. 75.600 Euro

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