Mercatino di Natale in Trento

In the seasonal spirit of celebration and gift giving, Italy is still in a festive mood since we have yet to anticipate the coming of La Befana on the eve of the Epiphany (January 6). If we had kids this might be something to look forward to, but just the same, it provides me one last chance at sharing a holiday-related post before the decorations come down.

The Mercatino di Natale in Trento is supposedly one of the most famous Christmas markets in Italy yet I have to admit that it wasn’t as grand as I had envisioned. Not to say that it was in any way disappointing — we came away with bags of goodies and a couple of freebies — but unless local arts, handmade crafts and trentino cuisine are what you’re after, a visit won’t take more than a couple of hours. The centrally located food booths were undoubtedly the top draws, or at least it seemed that way when we were there, but we’ve been told the mercatini in Bolzano and Merano are better in respect to the cities’ beauty and charm. I guess it depends on if you go for the whole open-air shopping experience.

Shiny christmas decorations and what are those? Cousins to the Enks?!!

Beautiful handiwork in the plush, stuffed dolls department.

Aromatic mulled wine with assorted types of canederli (below) to take off the chill.

Large canederli (bread gnocchi) gulasch-style.


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