The Christmas Holiday and Italy Christmas Markets

While I work on the continuation of The Best Decisions Ever Made I thought I’d write a post in reference to Christmas. 

After Thanksgiving many have already set up their Christmas trees, others are shopping for more ornaments, some have decorated their houses, put up the nativity scenes and the churches too prepare for their celebratory traditions.  No need to say there is a good deal of criticism in regards to this holiday and the reason for its existence, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ; as well as for other attributes it has acquired through time such as abundant decorating and gift giving (tainting it to some as a materialistic celebration).  Whether Jesus Christ was born or not on December 25th, that the holiday coincides with the winter solstice celebrations and/or that materialistic explosion takes place through decoration and gift giving around this time of year; the Christmas spirit is not lost. 

Christmas Lights Hope - photo by FNM (luna12780)

Many holidays have been slightly tainted, maybe they were tainted to begin with, but they all serve the same purpose: love and giving; being kind to others; helping your fellow human; loving your neighbor; getting together with family; showing appreciation and thanking God (for those who believe) for the coming of the Lord; thanking the earth for what it gives us and so on and so forth. 

In this spirit I thought I’d share what some of the other places in the world do to prepare for their Christmas; the first thing that came to mind were the folkloristic European Christmas markets.  I found numerous posts of these types of markets on Rising Incoming Organizer’s Facebook Page and am linking a couple of them here (for the others you can visit R.I.O.’s FB page:
European Christmas markets – http://www.starwoodhotelpromotions.com/spg/christmasmarkets/
The top 8 Christmas markets in Italy according to Slow Italy – http://slowitaly.yourguidetoitaly.com/2011/11/top-8-christmas-markets-in-italy/

Also, if you are in Italy around the holidays and trying to plan something for New Year’s Eve, I found that Rising Incoming Organizer (an Italian tour operator) has a 3 day New Year’s Eve Holiday Break in Italy.  You can download the brochure in English or Italian from their website; it has full details and price.

FNM

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New Years Eve Holiday Break in Italy

Photo on flickr by maxxtraffic Bill Masson
 
If you happen to be in Italy for the holidays you may want to take a couple days to enjoy a break.  What would you say to a 3 day break over New Year’s Eve through New Year’s Day?  Celebrate the end of 2011 with a delicious Mediterranean meal, entertainment, all night celebration; plus discover the mysteries of Naples with the Esoteric Naples tour that Rising Incoming Organizer organizes regularly, but that has also been included in this 3 day Italy holiday tour.  The possibility of seeing Ravello and other towns along the Amalfi Coast are also a part of this relax holiday break being offered by Rising Incoming Organizer.  For more information you can contact R.I.O. from the information provided on their website or through their Facebook page.

Summer in Italy and July

It’s almost July and I’m sure many of you are getting ready to travel somewhere for a relaxing vacation.  One of the top summer destinations is of course Italy with all of its beaches and cultural possibilities, plus fun events.  In case you’ve never been to Italy in July you should know that typically the temperatures are high, but due to unpredictable weather it is always best to bring something for rain or a possible chilly night.  For the upcoming month July Italy vacation I thought you would like to read up on an article on Rising Incoming Organizer’s website: July in Italy.  It mentions a couple of summer spots that you could ask R.I.O. about for possible tours or just beach destinations you haven’t been to yet, as well as 3 musical events: one in Naples, one in Rome, and one in Florence.  The Italy July music festivals take place from July 13 to 17, 2011.

Italy Festivals this June Weekend

If you’re in Venice or Naples starting today, June 10th, you can attend the Heineken Jammin Festival in Venice or the Tammorra Festival in Somma Vesuviana Naples Italy.  These two festivals last through the upcoming June weekend.  For more information and links go to Italy Festivals this Second June Weekend on Rising Incoming Organizer’s website. 

For the Tammorra Festival in Naples you can experience a folkloristic and traditional music performance pertaining to the Neapolitan culture from way back in time.  The Heineken Jammin Festival  needs less introduction, as it is a highly known rock festival.  Naples and Venice will be fun this weekend and if you can’t make it for the festivals Rising Incoming Organizer (a.k.a. R.I.O.) can still be of assistance.  This Italian tour operator offers travelers great services such as tour guides, private transportation, Italy hotel booking and personalized Italy tours.  

Enjoy Italy, whether Venice, Florence, Rome or the Amalfi Coast and Naples.  June in Italy is a great month to travel and tour because it’s not too hot, yet not too cold.  There are many cultural attractions to see in Italy, as well as fun beach parties in Italian cities like Rimini or Capri.  Live La Dolce Vita!

Italian Religious Art Shows

When you are travelling to Italy there are many things to do.  Usually tourists enjoy visiting the museums, churches, piazzas and landmarks.  Then there’s the food stops at renowned and local restaurants; after all, Italy is known for its delicious food.  In addition to these typical Italy attractions there are also specific events that take place throughout the year.  For tourists heading to Naples and Rome Italy this coming June and on, Rising Incoming Organizer has two Italy religious art shows you may want information on in their Italian Religious Art Shows June and On article.

Tour Capri

One of the most popular islands in Italy that travelers visit every year is Capri.  It is known for its Blue Grotto, Anacapri and VIP status.  The Island of Capri is highly sought out for right reasons.  The natural beauties of this relax and charming travel destination escape are what called all the attention; we could say the reason for its growth in popularity.  If you study a bit of history we know that many destinations in Naples Italy were locations for relax and summer vacation of historical emperors and rulers.  Some of the tourist attractions are those imperial villas and summer getaway houses.  If you are looking to go to Capri some time in the future Rising Incoming Organizer has various tours to offer; both standard, as well as personalized.  A bit of what they have to say can be found in their Dazzling Capri article.

Happy Capri Tour Hunting!

3 Italy Art Shows May through September

I’m sure that many art lovers will be heading to Italy this coming year. To help you out on your planning, I thought it would be nice to share some information on a couple of art exhibitions taking place in cities like Florence, Rome and Naples. If you’re heading to Italy in May, June and up to September, for now I have three art exhibitions you may want to attend.

The Italy art shows are: Fabbrica Europa in Florence, Made in Italy in Rome, and The Chosen Few in Naples.

You can find more details and links to the websites of each art exhibit on Rising Incoming Organizer’s article Upcoming Art Italy Exhibitions for Travelers. Also, if you were looking for a tour operator in Italy to help you organize tours, hotel accommodation or travel services R.I.O. can help.

FNM