With the Christmas markets, the Immaculate Conception long weekend, visits to decked-out towns, and choices on where to spend your New Year’s in agriturismo, December is a month full of things to do in Italy.
To plan (properly!) we suggest our 10 provinces for December, ready to satisfy all your needs. The 10 travel destinations we’ve selected are based on the top 10 provinces chosen by other farm holiday goers who’ve already visited these places and are perfect for this time of year.
Would you like to spend some relaxing days in the mountains, with good food, spas, and Christmas markets? Then your next destination is the province of Sondrio in Lombardy. What better place to take in the holiday season if not in Bormio and Livigno in the Alta Valtellina?
Found on the border between Switzerland and right near St. Moritz, two key cities a few hours away from Milan are Bormio and Livigno. Want to know more? At Bormio for example, you’ll find two fantastic and romantic spas called Bagni Vecchi and Bagni Nuovi where you can relax and taste hot pizzoccheri, a typical local dish made with buckwheat and seasoned with cabbage and melted cheese. Then some skiing to work the meal off. Try the Braulio, a classic local liquor.
At Livigno, instead, visit the very elegant Christmas Market where you can go shopping, photograph manger scenes, and try delicious local food. Here, too, you can ski on the loveliest trails, at two major ski resorts: Carosello 3000 and Mottolino. And when you’re tired you can rest in a shelter and recharge with a bombardino: a beverage made from hot zabaione, brandy, coffee, and whipped cream for the more gluttonous. Here in Bormio, too, you can relax in a local yet modern spa and at Christmas you can go iceskating.
Obviously, we suggest our agriturismi in the province of Sondrio for accommodations. Among these many also have stables for horse riding in the mountains, restaurants for trying tasty typical food, and owners who can’t wait to host you in their traditional accommodations in the Valtellina.
What are you waiting for?