Christmas holidays are coming, and it's time to think about gifts for family and friends.
The open-air markets are an opportunity to find special items, and to visit the city with the right calm, perhaps enjoying a hot chocolate or tea in the relaxed atmosphere of the festivities or alternating with one of the many concerts that are held almost everywhere. In Lucca and its surroundings, the calendar of markets from crafts to gastronomy, to vintage, is dense and varied.
In the weekend of 21, 22, 23 in addition, shutters lifted until late hours and shopping opportunities for the last pre-Christmas purchases. An appointment now indispensable even for those who have already made purchases, am simply wants to participate in the city lit up at night, a hot chocolate, a toast with friends.
Preview in Chiasso Barletti, the narrow alley from which everyone admires, the nose up, the skyline of the roofs that almost touch. At Christmas, the alley turns. From November 24, in addition to traditional shops, there will be themed shops where they can find decorations for the house and for the Christmas tree, objects and small Christmas gifts.
The craft markets start in the small piazza San Giusto, on the weekends of December 1, 2, 7, 8, 21,22,23 appointment with Arti e mestieri, the celebrate handcraft market of Lucca, in its Christmas edition. Among all the objects, strictly "handmade" in editions limited by small artisans with traditional and alternative materials. with the ocaione a jump to the nearby square of the book is a must.
Knitters, carpenters, painters and jewelers gather close to Piazza San Michele, in Piazza Cittadella, Piazza dei Cocomeri, Via di Poggio on 7,8,9 December for the market Arte e ingengno in san Paolino. On December 8th at 4:30 pm, the Market hosts the show "A Christmas Carol" by the duo of "La dama e l'Unicorno" with Christmas songs and entertainment for adults and children.
Botteghe e Dimore is the itinerant artisan market which, on the weekends of 7 to 16 December, brings together its group of master craftsmen from many parts of Italy under the Loggia of Palazzo Pretorio in Piazza San Michele. Together they propose themselves to the large public attentive to the preservation of ancient crafts and aware of the great value of "handmade" and the high quality that only artisanal production can provide.
Those inspired by their children, those who are stubborn to not give up their talent, the "mom artists" offer truly unique and refined objects at their market. And what for artists! The beautiful Piazza San Frediano houses large rag dolls and ceramics with intriguing colors, jewelry and pret-a-porter dresses. Each item is unique in this original market of the Immaculate Conception on 8 and 9 December.
Gastronomy, clothing, toys, costume jewelry and bric a brac is what can be found at the traditional Christmas Market in Piazza Napoleone, for the entire period of the Christmas holidays, from December 8, day of the Immaculate, to January 6, day of ' Epiphany. On the square the ice skating rink and the horse carousel are accompanied to the market and in Piazza Napoleone, from 11 to 27 December at the Christmas Market of the Red Cross you can buy objects that finance solidarity projects.
Where Via Fillungo ends, beyond the Borgo gate, it begins Artigianato ai Borghi. On the 15th and 16th and 22nd, December 23rd, the artisan market of the northern area. The occasion is also perfect for a toast in one of the many trendy clubs in the city: a choice of excellent selections of craft beers, sweets and wines from all over Italy, excellent coffees.
The Antiques Market never fails to hunt for the original gift, this month on December 15th and 16th, where the expert eye will not miss out on some valuable items exposed among the best markets, among the counters of more than 200 exhibitors. of this type. Jewelry ornaments, toys, old work tools, antique and vintage objects, the gift is assured and also the suggestive atmosphere that this great market offers.
On the same days, Christmas Market weekend at the Atelier Ricci with the Order of Malta. Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December, Palazzo Cittadella in via Burlamacchi, in the premises of the Atelier Ricci. In the open market from 10:00 to 19:00 you can find gift ideas of some selected Lucchesi producers and artisans, books, wines, gastronomic products, essences and perfumes, clothing for adults and children, costume jewelry.
At the height of the parties and for the gifts of the last moment on December 21st, 22nd, 23rd there is ArtisticaMente, the market of arts and crafts and works of genius of Corso Garibaldi. Hand-made and cared-for objects and, at Villa Bottini, the supportive Christmas of Riecio IL NATALE the exhibition of artisan products of recycling and reuse with numerous cultural and social collateral events such as GiftDay (The collection of gifts for family houses ), the involvement of numerous social cooperatives and many other fund-raising associations.
Food and wine
At the Real Collegio of Lucca, behind the great basilica of San Frediano, Il Desco - flavors and knowledge of Lucca, is back, the traditional market of typical products accompanied by a rich program of cultural activities and show cooking that opens up a protracted world of local food and wine and, from November 30th to December 9th, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, accompanies us to the debut of the Christmas holidays.
And after many local products on 15 and 16 December at the Rala Colelgio focus on hot pepper for the Lucca Piccante market exhibition. Food and wine stands, Tuscan craft breweries, handicrafts, exhibition and sale of plants and fruits, show cooking and themed seminars, while in Piazza Santa Maria the pecorini give way to toma, chestnut honey to heather honey, herb cake to the gianduiotti, the sangiovese al dolcetto, the tordelli al risotto. Here comes an "exotic" note for gourmands at the Piedmont regional market, away from Piedmont to Lucca.
For lovers of local products to taste freshly picked, Mercoledì Bio is the weekly market of local products of short supply chain inserted in the network of Slow Food farmers market. In December it will be held on 5.12.19, from 2.30 pm to evening. You can find local and seasonal fruits and vegetables, the freshly pressed oil and the new wine, with the qale prepare generous Christmas baskets. All strictly organic.
Just outside Lucca, crossing the village Giannotti, you reach the Farmer Market 1, 8, 15, 22 the historic market of producers and agricultural products of the Lucca countryside in the nineteenth-century market structures of the Forum Boario, near the San Quirico pote and the fluvial park.
in the villages...
In Ponte a Moriano, a few kilometers from Lucca along the banks of the Serchio river and at the foot of the Lucca hills, the Sant'Ansano Fair is the traditional fair of late autumn, this year from 30 November to 2 December, where you can find products typical, arts and crafts and colgiere the ocacsione for an outdoor day with a final in some typical local trattoria.
During the weekends of December 1st, 2dt and 8th, 9th you can take a trip outside the walls to take advantage of the hospitality of the town of Sant'Angelo and visit the Christmas' market in sant'Angelo in the company of ... Santa Klaus who, for the occasion has also arranged them a small house to welcome children and collect their letters.
Sunday 9 December on Viale Puccini di Sant'Anna, special edition of the street market for the Fiera della Bancarella.