A mediaeval Christmas market

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Genoa, on the Italian Riviera, has one of Italy’s most unusual Christmas markets. Lasting throughout the whole of December in the historic centre of the city, the annual Genoa Christmas market is completely themed on the medieval era

The Genoa Christmas Market takes over the entire Piazza Caricamento, the square being transformed into a medieval village, set around the year 1,000 AD and sees about 100 artisans and craftsmen, all dressed in medieval clothes, display their skills to visitors. As well as the stalls there is a real farm with cows and donkeys and children are even taught how to milk the animals – if they want to. Visitors can buy local produce including wine, cheese, meats and handmade crafts and watch the shows on the central stage, which include dancing, choirs, medieval storytelling and musical performances.

As well as the Christmas market, visitors can explore the UNESCO World Heritage historic centre. Only possible to explore on foot, the maze of narrow, winding streets are full of history from the 12th century San Lorenzo cathedral with its unusual black and white façade, Christopher Columbus’ childhood home and the 42 sumptuous 16th and 17th century palaces lining the streets.

The regenerated port area has Europe’s largest aquarium and a huge glass biosphere full of tropical plants and animals. For Genoa’s best views, the funicular can be taken up into the hills surrounding Genoa or visitors can climb the many steps up the Lanterna lighthouse, which is the fifth tallest traditional lighthouse in the world.

For a weekend break before Christmas, Genoa is ideal being just under two hours flying time. And lots of airlines seem to be offering discounted trips at the moment.

In January, Natasha will be telling us more about the city and its attractions.

For more about Genoa, click here.

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