I Love Sightseeing Tours of Italy - Winter Attractions and Events in Trentino-Alto Adige
The Trentino-Alto Adige region of northern Italy borders on Switzerland and Austria. Its numerous tourist attractions include the Dolomite Mountains, which the famous architect Le Corbusier called "The most beautiful work of architecture even seen," glacier lakes, and Alpine forests. Needless to say, skiing and other winter sports are a major attraction here, but you can't really count on the snow until late February. There are other things to do and see.
This lovely region is composed of two parts, Trentino in the south and the largely German speaking Alto Adige in the north. Alto Adige, sometimes known as South Tyrol, really seems like part of Austria. Its second largest city, Merano (Meran in German), plays host to an International Wine and Culinara during the second weekend of November. There is quite a focus on biodynamic and organic wine as well as Asian food. Talk about multiculturalism, Asian food in a Germanic speaking part of Italy.
I Love Sightseeing Tours of Italy - Sicily Winter Attractions and Events
Sicily is a Mediterranean island situated to the southwest of southern Italy. Its winters are relatively mild. The almonds start to bloom in mid-February. But don't go there only for the weather; if you do so, you might be disappointed. You will enjoy the variety of winter festivals. Sicily celebrates All Saints' Day on November 1 followed by All Souls' Day, which is also known as the Feast of the Dead. Traditionally, families visit the cemeteries and eat special cookies known as "Bones of the Dead."
December 4, Saint Barbara Day, is celebrated in the Sicilian town of Paterno on the slopes of Mount Etna volcano. After the parade citizens set up a nativity scene. Santa Lucia Day, December 13, is celebrated in many Italian localities including the city of Siracusa whose huge parade includes a golden coffin carrying the saint to the Church of Santa Lucia. There is a week of festivities culminating with a big fireworks display over the harbor and another parade that brings the coffin back to the crypt. Among the many nativity scenes make sure to see one in Custonaci, which is re-enacted inside a cave. The exhibition includes a traditional nativity scene and an ancient village complete with shops. The town of Acireale is also known for its nativity scene. Celebrate New Years's Eve in Palermo with fireworks and an outdoor music show.
I Love Sightseeing Tours of Italy - Veneto Winter Attractions and Events
Don't expect mild winter weather in Veneto in northeastern Italy. But this is one place where you can still enjoy yourself while you are waiting for spring. The city of Verona hosts The International Horse Show on the second weekend of November. When they say international, they mean it. Try not to miss the costumed parade on opening day. Venice commemorates its deliverance from the plague in 1621 with the Festival della Salute held on November 21 at the Madonna della Salute Church.
For about a month starting in early December Venice hosts the Natale di Vetro, Christmas in glass on Murano Island. The festival starts by honoring San Nicolo the patron saint of glass blowers. There's a glassworks regatta, a glass blowing school including sessions for children, exhibitions, and even a wine tasting by invitation. The seaside town of Bibione holds a Living Nativity Scene at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in December. Treviso's annual Radicchio Festival is also held in December. That would be a good place to answer the burning question: What wine with Radicchio? My offhand answer is an Italian Pinot Grigio. For Christmas markets try Campo Santo Stefano in Venice and Verona. Check the dates carefully; these markets may close earlier than you think.
A Quick Tour Of Italy - Genoa
If you are looking for a European tourist destination, consider the Liguria region of northern Italy, commonly known as the Italian Riviera. This thin strip of land lies on the Ligurian Sea, not far from Monaco and the French Riviera. While Liguria is by no means undiscovered, its crowds are much smaller than those next door. This beautiful region is home to many little towns or villages, and the international port city of Genoa almost smack dab in the center of the coast. This sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly city of about six hundred thousand calls itself La Superba (the Proud). Read this article and you'll see why. Be sure to read the other articles in this series: eastern Liguria, western Liguria, and Cinque Terre, five little seaside villages that just might steal your heart.
A Quick Tour Of Italy - Southern Sardinia
If you are looking for a European tourist destination, consider the island of Sardinia, a region of southern Italy. Depending on your interests, this beautiful area can be an ideal vacation spot. You can get classic Italian food, and wash it down with fine local wine. Some parts of the island remain undiscovered by tourists, while others are jet-setter favorites and priced accordingly. This article presents southern Sardinia. Companion articles present northern Sardinia and central Sardinia.