City of Salerno
Christmas offerings. Everything is designed to recreate the magical atmosphere of Christmas: outside, visitors can stroll among the wooden huts displaying handcrafted, local gastronomic fare, Christmas objects and decorations. Once inside the castle, guests are treated to the antics of jesters, stilt walkers, characters wearing medieval costumes, processions, gospel singers, historic re-enactments and falconers. This hugely successful market also boasts a play area for children where youngsters can meet Father Christmas, hand over their letters, and have their photos taken with him (www. mercatinodinatale-castellodilimatola.it). In Campania, the tradition of the nativity scene plays a pivotal role. One of the most beautiful renditions is the living nativity of Morcone in the province of Caserta. The breathtaking beauty of the town, its architecture and its labyrinthine streets act as the perfect backdrop to this Trivago, the travel metasearch engine focusing on hotels and the best travel destinations around the world, has included Naples as one of the best places to celebrate New Year 2016. For an unforgettable New Year’s eve packed with entertainment,fireworks and the unmissable concert in piazza del Plebiscito. type of event: a nativity within a nativity. San Leucio in Caserta also hosts the Living Nativity of Vaccheria, featuring spectacular scenes reminiscent of 18th century Naples with actors in costumes and the workshops of trades people of that period. Another unmissable event is ‘M’Illumino d’Inverno’, the festival staged by the City of Sorrento and the Fondazione Sorrento in Costiera. Now in its seventh consecutive year, it boasts a rich events calendar featuring film screenings and musical events including performances of classical music, contemporary music, jazz and folk songs. Visitors will also be treated to exhibitions, cultural initiatives, displays of arts and crafts, food tastings and loads of other forms of entertainment. A festival that takes visitors in discovery of churches and museums located in narrow alleyways decorated with Christmas lights. Other highlights include stalls selling lace and wood marquetry set up between Arab-style buildings and Baroque churches. Piazza Sant’ Antonino also hosts a wonderful Christmas markets where visitors can purchase local handicrafts and sample an array of festive treats. Before leaving, head to Piazza Veniero to admire one of the city’s most beautiful and authentic nativity scenes. The area is transformed into a winter wonderland with puppet shows, gospel concerts, exhibitions of sacred art, Christmas concerts and living nativities. A large, sparkling Christmas tree in piazza Tasso acts as the perfect backdrop to the festivities (www.milluminodinverno.it). As is customary each year, at Christmas, Salerno takes the holiday lights ritual to another level with "Luci d'Artista", a cultural event organized by the City of Salerno, which sees the city dazzling with an array of glittering artworks. Until the end of January, streets, squares and gardens will be enhanced with an open-air exhibition of light displays created, in part, using recycled materials. The Aurora Borealis and the celestial sky, fairytale worlds, mosaics, the circus and sails, forests and typical Christmas decorations leave visitors awestruck as they take a trip in discovery of a city rich in art, history and culture. To mark the occasion, the Villa Comunale is transformed into a winter wonderland. After passing through illuminated tunnels, visitors find themselves immersed in a magical kingdom inhabited by sorcerers and fairies, pirates and princesses. Along the sea front, a colony of whimsical penguins transport the glaciers of the Antarctic to Mediterranean Salerno. Piazza Sant’Agostino is pervaded by the magical atmospheres of the Far East with fans and multi-coloured lanterns that generate stunning optical effects.
park at the Stadio Arechi, then take the shuttle to piazza della Concordia, from 4pm to 2am. >>
By car: www.lucidartista.salerno.it