The month of December opens on Friday 2 with Camilla Battaglia Quartet feat. Dave Binney and Saturday 3 with the trio Loueke, Cecchetto and Waits, going on with five more concerts until December 23.
The magic of Christmas can be felt on the streets and in the squares of the towns and cities of art in Emilia Romagna, where there will be many colorful markets set up for this holiday. From gift ideas to curious objects, from crafts to typical local foods, there will be many opportunities to go shopping or enjoy entertaining events.
The Riviera will wear the gown of the ice queen. From the Christmas Square in downtown Rimini and the Ice Village on the beach to the ice rinks in the heart of Riccione and Cervia to the biggest ice rotonda in Europe in Milano Marittina, here are the best places to show off with graceful pirouettes.
The 24 hot spring resorts from Parma to Rimini located in 19 towns will each offer new deals to take on the cold season healthily thanks to preventative spa treatments. The common denominator of all the structures is their combination of the most innovative techniques with the oldest spring waters.
What not to miss
Back in Bologna is the best and loudest fair dedicated to engines. For its 40th anniversary there will be the most exclusive Italian and foreign cars on display. Besides the showcases there will also be speed and rally competitions as well as motocross freestyle. December 3-11.
This market exhibition in Modena dedicated to Christmas will host its traditional sections; Gift Ideas, Creativity, Food and Wine together with the Santa Claus Festival section. There will be many special guests to meet and courses and workshops to try. December 3-4 and 7-8.
This fair in Forlì becomes a huge electronics store with Christmas products as well with 300 sellers from all over Italy. New this year are the virtual reality visors. Among the events there will be the market exhibition of comics with ForLive Comics and Games. December 3-4.
This famous festival in Campagnola Emilia (Re) welcomes 400 pork butchers who face off in making the best cracklings. The heart of the event is the making of the Guinness Supercicciolo, the biggest cracking in the world, which this year will double with two 180kg forms. December 11.
What's going on now
Markets filled with delicacies and traditional crafts held in the historic downtowns offer a great opportunity to dig through the stands and find unusual gifts with which to fill your pockets.
What to do
Nativity scenes inspired by the sea, mechanical scenes, live Nativities, Nativities inside homes, or traditional scenes in the cities of art: the Nativities will lead you on a suggestive journey, from Piacenza to Rimini, illuminated by the comet. Here is a preview.
Among the exhibitions on schedule, do not miss the "Italian Liberty" in Reggio Emilia; "Lumière! The invention of movies" in Bologna; the masterpieces of modern art by Previati, Mentessi, Boldini and De Pisis, in Ferrara; the photography show S.I.R.I.A in Ravenna.