THE HUFFINGTON POST – Christmas Markets of Bolzano, Dolomites

Nestled within the province of Alto Adige in beautiful South Tyrol, Italy is the charming town of Bolzano. Once a city of merchants, it has since evolved into a city of art, culture and relaxation and is the perfect destination for year-round getaways.

Bolzano is lovely any time of year, but it's particularly spectacular during the Christmas Market, when the atmosphere is abuzz with holiday preparations and age-old traditions. Everywhere you turn you are confronted with the sights, smells and sounds of the season from the soft melody of Christmas music permeating the air and the inviting scents of wine and pastry wafting out of local shops, luring visitors in for a taste.