The warm colours of the architecture that stand out against cold grey skies, the historic cafes where you can enjoy a hot chocolate, the scent of roasted chestnuts that invade streets and squares, the magic of lights that is embracing us and old traditions being renewed. There are cities in Italy that are even more beautiful in winter: here a selection (In the photo: Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence).
Venice has always been one of the most loved and visited Italian cities in the world. In summer it is overrun by tourists, so discovering it in winter can offer the unique opportunity to admire it in a different and even more magical light. With the fog that envelops the landscape and the canals, creating a suggestive and mysterious.
Mantua can bask with unique treasures, recognized as a World Heritage Sites by UNESCO together with Sabbioneta in the province Mantua, which is an exceptional testimony of urban, architectural and artistic realization of the Renaissance. Mantua is a key location to visit with its jewels of art and culture, including Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo Te, the Rotonda di San Lorenzo and the Clock Tower in Piazza delle Erbe, the Castle of San Giorgio and the Basilica of Sant 'Andrea.
Trento is the ideal starting point for a winter holiday in Trentino Alto-Adige. Rich in history, art, culture and nature, it is also one of the top Italian cities for quality of life and environment, and is magnificent when the snow whitens the whole area or when it comes to life with the Christmas markets. From here, then, you can reach Monte Bondone (the Alpe di Trento) in 30 minutes by car, a nature reserve that in winter becomes an ideal ski area for alpine and Nordic skiing and snowboarding.
Among the cities that give their best in winter, Turin stands out, with its warm colours that stand out against the grey skies, the arcades under which you can find shelter from the rain and go shopping, the historic chocolate shops where you can gorge yourself on the famous Gianduiotti, museums and art galleries and many unmissable entertainment opportunities.
The magic of Florence is unique even in winter, with the landscape dotted with snow-capped peaks, the scent of roasted chestnuts that invade the streets, the typical dishes of Tuscan cuisine, museums, churches and attractions that have made the city famous all over the world. A guarantee of beauty all year round.
If you want to see Matera more beautiful than ever, try to visit it in winter, when the charm of its rock architecture meets the peaceful atmosphere of cold skies or the magic of snow. You will feel like you are inside a nativity scene, suspended in an endless enchantment.
Parma is not just known as the Food Capital of Italy, but also for its rich culture of theatre and music, with Giuseppe Verdi. Parma, a city full of treasures to be discovered even outside its walls, among villages and castles with an ancient and romantic charm.
Among the reasons why it is worth visiting Gubbio in winter there are, without a doubt, the largest Christmas tree in the world and the splendid nativity scenes that adorn its streets in the most magical period of the year. But this pearl, which is one of the oldest cities in Umbria, is full of monuments that testify to its glorious past that are absolutely worth discovering.