“Ponte dell’Immacolata” – Markets and feasts around Tuscany

feast tuscanyImmacolata is a traditional catholic feast celebrating The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. This year there will be Ponte dell’Immacolata (Immacolata’s bridge), which means there are three days free from work for italians, from 6 to 8 december.

For tourists this is an ideal period to combine a small holiday in Italy with the possibility to visit Christmas markets and to partecipate to traditional and folkloristic events. Tuscany is waiting for you, offering a wide range of possibilities, from Spas to art shows, from new oil and wine tasting to religious happenings.

As we get close to Christmas, city historical centers are preparing their magical atmosphere with lights and Christmas carols and special markets offering food as long as arts and crafts.

A brightly colorful world welcoming yourself and your children. Let’s see some examples: in Torrita di Siena there will be a fair with vintage toys, handcraft products and decorations. In Palazzuolo Senio, in the eastern part of Florence Province, will be adorned with the representation of the Nativity.

In Florence do not loose Florence Noel, celebrated with “vin santo” (passito wine) and “cantucci” (biscuits with almond) and German Christmas Market from Heidelberg, located in the wonderful Piazza Santa Croce.

In Pisa another market with many stalls wil lbe held in the in elegant setting of Loggia dei Banchi.

Between Prato and Florence, Calenzano, will transform itself into the city of  toys and in the Apuan Alps do not loose traditional ‘Ponchino‘ in Pietrasanta, a feast going on in the Christmas night  (24 December), with young people dancing and having fun.