CHRISTMAS MARKETS AND LIVING NATIVITY SCENE TRAINS
During Christmas time, the Trans-siberian has special trains to see Christmas markets and a live nativity scene. In December from Sulmona to Carovilli, it is possible to travel on the “Centoporte” carriages of the nineteen twenties to discover true Christmas magic. The Christmas markets train starts in Sulmona and runs along a panoramic stretch of the Peligna Valley and Colle Mitra. The first stop is in Casano, in the middle of the Majella National Park, where you can taste typical sweets of the Abruzzo region and drink mulled wine. In Campo di Giove, a pastoral village, the markets are located in the picturesque Duval square. Experience tastings of local products, music and entertainment for children. After admiring the breathtaking panorama of the Quarto di Santa Chiara plateau, at an altitude of 1,258 meters another must-see stop is the markets of Roccaraso. A mountain resort of the Alto Sangro, in winter, Roccaraso, is one of the most famous ski resorts of the Apennines.
The Piazza Leone, is surrounded by characteristic wooden houses, wherein lies various entertainment, tastings and lots of music. Palena is one of the most beautiful villages in the region and a stop with a bit of mystery. It’s known as the “village of the brigands”, because here the criminals gathered to celebrate and plan new raids in the inns and bars. Palena is the second highest ski station in Italy and has been used as a film location for winter scenes. The most famous being scenes in David Leans masterpiece “Doctor Zhivago”. The Living Nativity train starts from Sulmona and makes stops midway at Campo di Giove and Palena to allow for a brief walk about and tograb a quick refreshment in the two high altitude stations. In Carovilli, part of the Altomolise region, a walk to the historical center is a must. People gather in the square to start the torchlight walk to the hamlet of Fontecurelli, the location of the Living Nativity scene.