With Christmas season just around the corner, don’t miss the chance to discover with us the most beautiful Christmas trees in Italy for this festive.
December is definitely here and Christmas is on its way, the cities in Italy are ready to celebrate the festive season with locals and tourists standing up their best Christmas decorations, and for us it is one of the best month ever to plan a trip in Italy. Both the most famous cities and the iconic Italian villages have their own Christmas tree to put on, which the lighting is traditional fixed on the 8th of December (a bank holiday in Italy). So don't miss the chance to visit Italy during this festive season, you will be able to admire one or more of these beautiful Christmas trees.
Where are the most beautiful Christmas trees in Italy?
Christmas is the best time of the year and in Italy this festivity is very heartfelt, every city looks at its best with Christmas illuminations and there are so many events to join with relatives and friends. Even though Italy is the land of presepe (nativity scene) in the last decades Christmas tree has become an essential Christmas decoration and every year the lighting of Christmas trees in every city in Italy are a do not miss event. From north to south, passing on lakes and mountains, to be surrendered by the Italian Christmas mood, follow our ultimate guide about the most beautiful Christmas trees to discover this 2023 in Italy.
7. Christmas trees in Italy: Lake Trasimeno
Since 2019, it is the biggest Christmas tree in the world built entirely on the water. The Lake Trasimeno Christmas tree is a scenographic project made in Castiglione del Lago, a small town located in Umbria region. With its height (1080 meters), length (50 meters) and with 2400 perimeter lights supported by 166 load-bearing piles and 7000 meters of cable, the Christmas tree is a futuristic work which uses only 100% green energy. Lake Trasimeno Christmas tree will be officially lighted the next 8th of December 2023.
6. Bari Christmas tree
In the beautiful Ferrarese square, overlooking the seafront and opposite the old port, the city of Bari celebrates the festive season with a stunning Christmas tree which will decorate one of the entrances of the old city center. With an height of 16 meters and more than 50000 led lights, the artificial Christmas tree combines the tradition with the sustainability. Bari Christmas tree will be officially lighted on the 6th of December 2023, the day of Saint Nicholas (better known abroad as Santa Klaus), the patron saint of the city.
5. Rome Christmas tree
Since 1982, the fir of Saint Peter square in the Vatican City has become the most traditional and stunning Christmas tree of Rome, especially thanks to the ceremony of the tree's benediction which marks the beginning of the Christian festive season. This year the tree, a beautiful spruce with an height of 28 meters coming from Piedmont region, will be decorated with white lights and more than 7000 dried edelweiss to give the effect of a snow-covered tree. At the end of the Christmas season, the tir's wood will be used to make toys for children in need. The lighting ceremony of the Christmas tree, as well as of the Nativity scene on its side, will be held on the 9th of December 2023.
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4. Gubbio Christmas tree
It is the biggest Christmas tree in the world with its height of 750 meters and a surface of more than 130 thousand square meters, Gubbio Christmas tree since 1981 is a winter unmissable attraction of Umbria region. The tree covers a side of Mount Igino and the star of the tree is at the top of the mountain, where is located the basilica of the patron Saint Ubaldo: more than 700 lights of different size and colours form the shape of the tree, which is possible to admire every night since the sunset from the town of Gubbio. This Christmas tree is illuminated by renewable green energy, in order to celebrate the sustainability of the project. Gubbio Christmas tree will be officially lighted on the 7th of December 2023.
3. Milan Christmas tree
This year the traditional fir, which usually stands out every year in the middle of Piazza del Duomo, will be an Olympic Christmas tree. Indeed Milan, the capital of fashion and business, will host the next edition of the winter Olympics in 2026 in partnership with Cortina and the city has started its countdown with this important international event. The Christmas tree will be decorated with Olympic symbols such as the five rings (symbol of the Olympic games), the agitos (symbol of Paralympics games) and the medals won by the Italian athletes. Milano Christmas tree will be officially lighted on the 6th of December 2023, the day before the festivity of Saint Ambrogio, the patron saint of the city.
2. Venice Christmas tree
Piazza San Marco in Venice is in itself a gem of architecture as well as one of the most beautiful square in Italy (and probably in the world), but during the festive season it becomes even more stunning thanks to the traditional Christmas tree placed between Todaro's columns and San Marco cathedral. This year the natural fir, with its height of 15 meters, will be lighted by thousands of warm yellow and cold white lights and decorated with hundreds of gold Christmas balls. Venice Christmas tree has been officially lighted on the 24th of November 2023.
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1. Turin Christmas tree
In one of the most elegant square of Turin, Piazzetta Reale, this year it will come back the successful Christmas setup which attracted so many locals and tourists in 2022. In the middle of the square, set among architectural masterpieces such as Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama and the Church of San Lorenzo, it will stand out the Christmas tree decorated with thousands of fairy lights surrounded by 20 small tirs, in order to create the effect to be into a snowy woods. Torino Christmas tree will be officially inaugurated on the 8th of December 2023.