Christmas Market: Milan, Italy

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The Milan Christmas Market is in a perfect setting with the beautiful Duomo (Milan Cathedral) as the backdrop and framed by the Piazza Reale.

The red roofed tents are scattered around the Duomo – vendors are selling hand-crafted local crafts, ornaments, small gifts  and of course the local foods and holiday traditional treats.  Go hungry and bring a bag to carry some goodies home.

My recommendation is to go in the evening so you can experience all the lights, it adds to the holiday charm.  You can start with an early aperitivo (drink) at Aperol and enjoy the view from above….but don’t eat too much because tasty treats await you below.

The Milan Duomo Christmas market is open from early December through January 6 and easily accessible by metro (Line 3/yellow line & Line 1/red line, Station ‘Duomo’)

Side Note: it’s a great market to visit if you’re in the area.  However, compared to other European Christmas Markets like Prague, Colmar, etc., which are worthy of a special trip, Milan’s market is lovely, but not at all as exquisite as other European markets.  I’m lucky that I lived within an hour’s train ride from Milan and could make a great day trip and enjoy the city’s festivities.

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