Bologna, Italy – mid-November to late December 2018

Besides the gastronomic delights of the city, Bologna throws a beautiful Christmas market each year. One must-have gift (buy some for you as well!) is the Italian nougat, or “torrone.” Other tasty delights include citrus peel dipped in chocolate and there is a variety of crib figurines and other crafts on sale. If you stay in the city until New Year’s Eve, visit the street market in Piazza Maggiore that night where an effigy is burned to destroy negativity before the New Year.