the rolling hills are not quite as green and the blazing sunshine is not quite
as strong; Tuscany has just as much to offer its holiday-making guests in the
winter time as it does throughout the busy summer period. And what better time
to visit this beautiful and cultured region than Christmas?
families jet away for the holiday season every year in order to experience what
the festivities are like in other countries, and anyone who has made the
decision to spend a few days in one of our luxury villas this Christmas will not be disappointed.
So what can
you look forward to in Tuscany at this time of year?
unusual for towns and cities to deck their respective halls as we head into
December, but the people of Tuscany, and Italy in general, seem to do it better
than most. Traditional, understated and magical are just three words that you
could use to describe the lights and shop window displays that can be seen throughout
the towns and cities of the region.
most heart-warming of scenes are reserved for the different churches around the
area, though. It is a tradition that each one displays its own nativity scene,
or presepio, for everyone to enjoy and this is usually the main focus of the
decorations. As you take a stroll by the many churches you will realise that
these nativities often go much further than just portraying the scene around
the manger and are usually beautifully elaborate in nature.
of the most stunning of these presepios can be seen in Manarola, a small town
to the north-west of Pisa, which uses over 15,000 solar powered lights to
create a scene along the hillside and overlooking the sea.
loves to explore a good Christmas market at this time of year will not be
disappointed by what’s on offer in Tuscany. Lucca, Pisa, Arezzo, Siena and
Montepulciano all have brilliaHYPERLINK
markets that are
littered with local food, drink and gift ideas; meaning it’s impossible to
leave without feeling that Christmas tingle all over your body. Why not rest
your tired feet with a hot chocolate in hand before you continue your
not be many grapes on the vines at this time of year but Tuscany still has
plenty of food and drinks to warm your heart in the winter. It’s truffle season
and so you are likely to find dishes that use these all over the restaurant
menus. It’s also wild boar season and so if you have never tried this meat
before then perhaps this is the perfect time. There is no end of hearty dishes
available in the many restaurants that will fuel you for more winter exploring,
but why not pick up some supplies from the Christmas markets and attempt to
cook up your own seasonal concoction in the kitchen of your villa.
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