An Italian-Style Christmas Season

As a foreigner visiting Italy  during the winter holidays, it seems logical to question just how Italians celebrate the Christmas season. Well, I just spent Christmas in Italy and it turns out that Christmas is just as big in Italy as it is in the United States and there are many cultural traditions in which to partake. Santa Claus, or Ol’ Saint Nick, is named Babbo Natale in Italy, which ... Read Full Article

Christmas Markets in Florence

  As the skies darken in Italy in the first week of December, the holiday lights of Florence sparkle up the night. Draped over the city streets like curtains of candlelight, the lights create a strangely intimate impression. Every year, a large Christmas tree reigns in the center of town at the Piazza della Repubblica, and churches proudly display their presepio, or nativity ... Read Full Article