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A Winter Wonderland Experience
Get into the Christmas spirit with a winter adventure exploring the delights of the most picturesque alpine Christmas markets in Trento, Verona, Rango and Canale di Tenno and enjoy local product tastings.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive in Italy and begin your stay at the lovely, lakefront Grand Hotel Riva del Garda. Benvenuti!
Day 2: Christmas market in Verona & wine tasting in Valpolicella
Visit Verona and its enchanting Christmas markets with a local, licensed guide. See the city decked out in holiday charm as you do a walking tour to the historic sites and to the special Nativity Scene Exhibition in the ancient Arena. In the afternoon, on the way back to Trentino, stop for a tasting at a winery in the hills of Valpolicella. The variety of lively, balanced red wines will help to make the season bright.
Day 3: Christmas market in Trento and grappa tasting
The tour will take you to the capital of the province, Trento. Its Christmas markets offer a variety of products from all over Italy, with kiosks extending over a wide, open piazza just outside the medieval city walls. The grappa tasting at a nearby producer will warm you after the stroll.
Day 4: Christmas Markets in Rango and Canale
Today we enjoy the wintery beauty of Trentino and the authentic Christmas atmosphere on our tour to the two tiny villages of Rango and Canale. Their tangle of streets and arcaded private recesses – open just for the occasion – enable local artisans to sell their wares directly to visitors in their historic villages, and convey the essence of Christmas to the full. Rango is the larger of the two, but Canale is the better known, winning national awards for its well-preserved medieval center. To complete the rustic experience, we try some carne salada, a salt-cured meat prepared using a traditional local recipe and served on a sandwich.
Day 5: At leisure
Take the day at your leisure. Your hotel is strategically located near the cute Christmas market in Riva del Garda, so if you have any last-minute shopping to do, you can easily reach the kiosks and shops on foot. For the sporty, the lakefront promenade wrapping around the north part of the lake is a “must.” The intense hues of nature are at their dazzling best in winter. In the afternoon, sip some pipping hot espresso or dense Italian hot chocolate in one of the many cafés scattered throughout the town.
Day 6: Departure
With your senses fully rewarded by all of the seasonal loveliness – and your bag a little heavier for the souvenirs and Christmas presents to take back – leave for home. Buon viaggio!
Location: In the old-town of Riva del Garda with its enchanting little alleys, on the promenade, just 5 walk minutes from the beach
Rooms: 77 rooms with telephone, satellite-TV, safe, hairdryer and air-conditioning/heating
Facilities: Panoramic restaurant on the top floor, bar, lounge, 2 meeting rooms, lift and sun-terrace
Coach parking: At the former bus-station "Stazione Vecchia" 5 walk minutes from the hotel (extra charge)
Christmas market in Levico
The enchanting historic Habsburg Park every year hosts the Christmas market in Levico. Surrounded by centuries-old trees, arout 60 wooden kiosks can be found, which offer handicraft and culinary delicacies. Among them you can find Christmas decorations, gift ideas and typical Trentino dishes, such as polenta and local cheese. The flambéed Parampampoli spirit, typical of the Valsugana area and made from coffee, schnapps, wine, sugar and honey is well worth trying too. Farm animals are also enliven Levico’s Christmas market.
Bolzano with its Christmas market
Bolzano, the capital of the Alto Adige region, is quite mesmerizing with its two lifestyles, one Northern European and the other more Mediterranean. Bolzano is a clear reflection of a place where different cultures meet and intercultural exchange takes place. Bolzano i salso famous for Oetzi, the Iceman, and his artefacts have been exhibited at the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology here since 1998 (entrance fee applies) Experience the magic of Christmas at Bolzano’s Christmas market, where the north and the south melt harmonically. 80 stallholders in their delightful little kiosks offer tasteful seasonal gifts, such as handmade wooden, glass and ceramic products, along with charming Christmas tree decorations, delicious seasonal pastries and many other original gifts. A multitude of food specialities are also available together with cauldrons of mulled wine to gather around in the main square, while the authentic aura of an Alpine Christmas pervades the medieval streets. Horse-drawn carriage rides add to the festive atmosphere.