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Christmas in Milan: Lights, St. Ambrose and Panettone

This weekend families throughout Italy put up their Christmas trees and dusted off their nativity scenes. The towns have finished hanging their Christmas lights, the strands, orbs or stars extending across the street, stretching from one palazzo to another. The Christmas markets are open for business. It’s the weekend of December 8th, the Immaculate Conception, and in Italy… Read more »

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Photo Essay: Food at Milan’s O Bej O Bej Christmas Market

There are two big Christmas markets in Milan every year: The fiera artigianale (artisan fair) and the O Bej O Bej outdoor Christmas market. The fiera artigianale is enormous. Huge indoor pavilions separated by country or region of the world hold hundreds of booths selling artisanal (more or less) goods from all over the world. The plus… Read more »