Christmas markets in South Tyrol

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Christmas is just around the corner and we all want to immerse ourselves in the sweet, warm and inviting atmosphere of this time. In Italy we start to feel the Christmas spirit in the first week of December, but there is also an enchanted, magical place, where already in November the first wooden houses decorated for the festival are standing in the main squares of the towns and communities of the country: South Tyrol

The snow-covered peaks and well-functioning ski facilities, the atmosphere of the mountain huts and shelters make South Tyrol an Italian Christmas region. The South Tyrolean Christmas markets, as in the rest of Europe, attract many tourists, but not everyone knows that this tradition goes back to the fact that the inhabitants of the cities decided to buy products from the people living on the mountain to support them, as they had little to live on.

As already mentioned, the people who lived in the mountains were poor at that time and led a very self-sacrificing life. From spring to early autumn, people worked in the fields and with animals. From autumn to spring, the cold did not allow them to work outdoors and forced them to spend many hours indoors. On this occasion, the families produced their products. The women made and produced fabrics, blankets and lace, while the men carved the wood to give shape to the figures and tools. On one side there were the inhabitants of the mountains with their unique products (preserves, honey, bread and sausages) and on the other side the inhabitants of the towns at the foot of the valley (traders, craftsmen and employees).

The products were brought down to the valley during Advent and sold at specially organized markets. This is the origin of the tradition of Christmas markets, which are still very popular today and are particularly appreciated by tourists who populate the squares of the towns and villages of South Tyrol in December. Now as then, visiting Christmas markets is a good opportunity to share experiences with the family and support local producers.