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Christmas in the small villages of Emilia-Romagna

by /// December 11, 2023
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Endless dinners and lunches with the family, bingo, card games, and so on and so forth.
If spending Christmas with the family is not for you and you feel like escaping, sneaking away for a trip with your closest friends, here are 5 destinations to escape to for Christmas.

Five villages we have chosen because they are far from the city, in suggestive places all over the year, and even more when they are immersed in the atmosphere of Christmas in Emilia Romagna.

Christmas in Comacchio (Ferrara)

Christmas in the villages of Emilia-Romagna
Comacchio – Ph. nbisi (CC BY SA)

Sparkling canals and festively decorated boats, all surrounded by the Christmas atmosphere of the floating city: strolling through Comacchio during the Christmas festivities is a truly evocative experience.

Among nativity scenes on the water and in the churches, markets, shows and activities for children, the program of events organized during the Christmas holidays is truly rich, also for New Year’s Eve and Epifany.

Christmas in Brisighella (Ravenna)

Christmas in the villages of Emilia-Romagna
Winter in Brisighella – Ph. Vanni Lazzari (CC BY SA)

The Christmas festivities immersed in one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, where you can pamper yourself with suggestive walks and local gastronomic specialties.

This is what awaits you if you decide to spend Christmas in Brisighella, a delightful medieval village overlooking the Lamone Valley. The Santa Claus torchlight procession is also scheduled on Sunday 17th December 2023, with markets and entertainment.

And in addition, you are in Romagna, a stone’s throw from the seaside and the most important and renowned Italian entertainment centers.

Christmas among the Cribs of Romagna

Christmas in the villages of Emilia-Romagna
Christmas in Longiano | Ph. Longiano dei Presepi

Another idea to spend Christmas is to take a tour among the cribs of Romagna, whether they are in the hilly villages, such as Longiano and Bertinoro, or in the seaside villages, such as Bellaria Igea Marina and Cesenatico, an occasion to also enjoy in the meantime the intimacy of the winter sea.

Christmas in Grazzano Visconti (Piacenza)

Natale a Grazzano Visconti
Christmas in Grazzano Visconti

On the first hills of the Nure Valley, in the province of Piacenza, the evocative neo-medieval village of Grazzano Visconti hosts until January 7th events and markets dedicated to Christmas and suitable for the whole family, including markets, shows, gospel choirs & pipers, as well as the Ferris wheel and the ice rink.
Here’s all the info.

Christmas in Sant'Agata Feltria (Rimini)

Sant'Agata Feltria, Il Paese del Natale Ph. @alessandro.persiani
Chirstmas in Sant’Agata Feltria

Among the most scenic villages in the Rimini hinterland, Sant’Agata Feltria at Christmas turns into a carefree experience for the whole family, enriched by the taste of the Christmas flavors and the sounds of the Italian hilly tradition.
The little ones can visit the Santa Claus House and the Elves’ House, and the older ones can “get lost” in the Christmas markets, letting themselves be carried away by the atmosphere created by pipers and Christmas music.

A world in which to immerse yourself completely, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, where the festivities rediscover their historical and human dimension: a deep dive directly inside the true Italian Christmas tradition…Have we already convinced you?


Walter Manni

Explorer and Adventurer: loves sailing the oceans, climbing the highest mountains and surfing on the waves of the web

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