the variety in its terrain,
the weather in Italy in winter isn’t identical. The portion
of Italy that borders France, Switzerland, Slovenia and Austria
tends to have a warmer winter than other parts of Italy though there
is some rain. The winter is mildest in the areas around Lake Maggiore,
Como and Garda.
The Po Valley and Northern Italian Plain on the
other hand experience snow and fog. The bora, strong gusty winds
which brings very cold air from central Europe, blows in the area
around Trieste making for very cold days.
The islands and
the Italian peninsula get a combination of the winter in the previous
two, though definitely milder than in the Po Valley. Cold, cloudy
and rainy in unpredictable patterns is the weather in the coastal
areas while the areas higher up are cold, wet and snowy.
This overall cloudy and wet weather leads to fewer
visitors to Italy in the winter. It does make for lower travelling
costs and a better feel for what the Italians are really like as
local activities come to the fore since there are very few tourists
The winter may have closed the resorts for the
season but the cities come alive as the weather cools. The restaurants
and bars are open and there are many Christmas markets out in the
The weather does not change the taste of the great
Italian dishes. If anything the warmth of the kitchens are an even
stronger attraction than usual. The smell of chestnuts roasting
fills the kitchens. Pizza
is absolutely delicious, no matter what the weather.
In fact if you’d like to learn how to cook
Italian food, winter
is the perfect time to take a cooking
tour. There is absolutely nothing like learning Italian cooking
from one of the masters in their hometown.
If you’d like to enjoy some winter
sports, the Dolomites are the place for you to be. Go
skiing on the slopes of the Italian Alps and when you are ready,
have a cozy and leisurely lunch in the chateau. The air in Italy
is festive at this time of year.
You will find life size nativity scenes everywhere.
Presepi or nativity cribs can be seen in various churches.
In fact, there is a competition among the churches in an area as
to which of them will have the best presepi. Since Italy
is a city of artisans it is hard to tell because all are beautiful.
You can purchase all the figures you need to create your own nativity
scene for your home.
If you are planning to be in Rome
for Christmas, you won’t want to miss the Papal Midnight Mass
at the Vatican.
You will need to get tickets in advance as they are taken up quickly.
Since Christmas is also considered the season
for giving, you may want to buy some presents. You won’t have
to go far since the streets are filled with stalls selling many
items to give as presents.
Italian winters may not be full of warm
weather but they are filled with the warmth of the Italians.
It is a great time to visit Italy.
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