This year I made it a point to go to a couple of Christmas markets. We didn't get to any at all last year and next year I hope to go to German Christmas markets (Nürnberg is at the very top of my list). So this year it was all about the Italian markets.
First we went to the market in Verona. It was super cute and quaint but very small.
The second market we attended was in Bolzano. It's the biggest Christmas market in Italy. Bolzano is in Northern Italy, really close to Austria. The town looks much more German than Italian. It's very Bavarian and I love it. It's only been an Italian town since WW1!
I love everything about Christmas markets. They are quaint and cozy and they just ooze Christmas spirit. Exploring with a cup of vin brulé warming my hands...well it just made me happy.
Warning: This post is really photo heavy. I've read all sorts of articles about how blog posts shouldn't contain more than a few shots to get your point across - but I don't care. This post deserves a million photos. :)
Bolzano is nestled at the base of the Alps. It's just magical there, there's really no other way to describe it. I fell in love with it the first time we visited and I still feel the same way.
We experienced the market during the daytime and at night...here are some shots from when the sun was still up. The market was full of all sorts of treasures. Some kitschy, some classy. There were giant pretzels and paninis. White hot chocolate, hot chocolate, vin brule. It just smelled delicious.
We rode the cable car up the mountain to explore for a bit. At the top we found a big drink tent.
The drink tent served vin brulé -aka mulled wine/glugwein (both white and red) as well as apple cider. It was FREEZING so we lingered for a while so we could warm up.