Visit Siena In December
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Siena is a beautiful medieval town in Tuscany, Italy. Going to Siena is like walking back in time to the middle ages. Although it is not as popular as its closest neighbor, Florence, Siena deserves a spot on the list of top Italian destinations.
The holidays are just around the corner, and you might be wondering where to spend Christmas this year. Have you thought about spending Christmas in Tuscany? Let me tell you why Christmas in Siena is a great idea.
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IL MERCATO NEL CAMPO (Market in the Camp): December 1 and 2
Here you can find holiday-themed stalls that sell Christmas trinkets, gifts, handicrafts, jewelry, and handmade clothing. You can also buy excellent Sienese products as well as food and wine from various parts of Italy.
This year, I went shopping by myself and my husband watched over Leon and Lucas while they played in the designated children’s play area. I brought home a half kilo of roast porchetta, 500 grams of mozzarella from Campagna, and 2 bags of salami!
Kingdom of Santa Claus
Last year (2017), we visited the Santa Claus in the morning to avoid the crowd. The Santa Claus Castle was located in Via di Citta last year. My babies were happy to meet Babbo di Natale (Santa Claus) in real life! We also met some friendly Christmas Elves inside his workshop. At the end of the tour, we also got to meet Mrs. Claus. She was kind enough to offer us some delicious chocolate and a cup of hot herbal tea.
This year (2018), the Kingdom of Santa Claus will be at the Medici Fortress. There will also be an Enchanted Village The kids are excited to see it this year! For more information, please visit the Enjoy Siena website.
Il Paese Del Divertimento
Every year, Siena hosts a Christmas fair in the Garden of La Lizza. Last year (2017), we saw a carousel, some bumper cars, a bouncy house, some game booths and food booths, an ice skating rink, Santa’s sleigh, and Santa’s cabin. This year (2018), they are going to add a Panoramic Tower to their list of attractions. We are also excited to ride the Christmas Train, which will connect the streets of the old town to the Kingdom of Santa Claus.
Christmas in the City Center
Siena decorates its streets with Christmas lights and Christmas trees so there will be plenty of opportunities to take lots of holiday photos with your family. The church bells ringing, the chestnuts roasting and the holiday lights sparkling will surely bring joy to kids and parents alike. You will also find a traditional nativity scene as well as a giant and real Christmas tree in Piazza del Campo.
And if you’re lucky enough, you might be able to see the March of the Santas!
Where will you spend your holidays this year? Are you going to visit Siena? Let me know in the comments.