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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.

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