A Winter Vacation – Part 1

With the olive oil and wine orders’ shipments all taken care of, Maurizio and I finally got away for a week in mid-December to Bolzano in South Tyrol, Trent and Verona, visiting their three German-inspired/festive Christmas markets, the new Renzo Piano-designed Science Museum and the extraordinary 110 paintings Verso Monet art exhibition.

Our first destination was beautiful Bolzano.  No sooner had we settled in our room facing the Piazza Walther at the Greif Hotel, when we excitedly went out to stroll around the festive Christmas Market in Walther Square.

The atmosphere couldn’t have been more festive with the 80 Alpine huts (stands) beautifully displayed with fine crafts, roast chestnuts on every corner, live music, beautiful wreaths, gorgeous nativity scenes with hand-sewn clothing…and typical South Tyrolean food (beet and beer soup was one of our favorites).  What fun – a magical Christmas atmosphere in an elegant and intriguingly beautiful city.

These photos are just a small sampling of the Market…simply to provide a general idea.

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Bolzano Christmas Market

Bolzano at Christmas

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Bolzano Flower Market

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….next stop Trent!!!!  Stay tuned!

-Mary