I admit that in the last three months I completely abandoned my blog. Since September I have published only 2 new posts, and all the rest were all old post republished again 🙂 But don’t worry! I didn’t get bored of blogging! What’s more, after such a long break I have thousands of ideas for new posts! Furthermore, the next 3-4 months should be very calm – the tourist season begins in late spring, so I’m going to devote myself completely to the blog!
I was absent because I was working on a big project 🙂 So big that I didn’t have the strength or time to do anything else! But the project is over and now I’m free! I will tell you more about it when it’ll officially be published, for now: shhhhh 🙂
Christmas in Liguria
And now it’s the Christmas time 🙂 This year, after a period of terrible downpours and nasty weather, the whole festive period should be with the sun and a quite high temperature (even 17 °C). Let’s say: FINALLY!
In Liguria, Christmas Eve is celebrated, however, the most important moment throughout Christmas is December 25th – especially lunch organized that day. Ligurians spend that day with their family, pull out the best tableware and prepare the most delicious dishes.
What you can find on Christmas table? Definitely cappon magro, natalini, cima alla genovese, acciughe sotto sale (salted anchovies), ravioli al tocco (small dumplings with meat filling) and coniglio alla genovese (rabbit) and typical Christmas cake called genovese pandolce.
Free time, especially between meals, Ligurians spend by playing tombola! And during the game, they munch some dried fruits (dates, figs), nuts or candied fruits.
And what about gifts opening … it depends … the most of the Ligurians I know open them on Christmas Eve after dinner, but there are also those who are waiting for the morning of December 25th.
December 26th is the day of visiting the rest of family and friends. People stroll along the sea promenades, go to museums or exhibitions … it is still Christmas but much easier 🙂
School break at schools lasts until January 6th. So many parents take days off and go with children into the mountains to have “settimana bianca” (a white week) and go skiing. Who doesn’t like mountains, often spends the post-Christmas week in some warm countries or visiting Italy. Of course, there are also those who work between Christmas, New Year’s Eve and January 6th and stay in Liguria 🙂
The whole Christmas period ends when the winter sales begin, that this year begin on January 4th 2020.
This year I’ll stay here for Christmas. Usually, we go to Poland, but once in a while, also my husband has the right to spend Christmas with his own family 🙂
And of course my Christmas Greetings !!!
I wish you all stress-free, very relaxed and lazy (or active) Christmas! I wish you only positive thinking, that you don’t worry about any stupidity (neither small nor the bigger one) enjoying each day of this coming 2020. ! And of course I wish you many, many interesting trips … to Italy … or better yet, to Liguria! : D
P.S. It’s a pity that you did’t see the faces of people who looked at me when I was riding my bicycle with my Christmas tree and then I took photos of it cause I needed a picture for this post 😉
4 Replies to “Christmas time in Liguria ;)”
Hello there and Merry Christmas! We will be staying in Sestri Levante in April for Easter. I was wondering if you could tell me what events or activities happen there over Easter so we can plan accordingly? Thank you so much.
Hello and Merry Christmas to you too 😉 Well in April there is no particular activities organized in Sestri. At the end of April, there is quite an important cinema festival but you’ll arrive before. If the weather will be nice you can go through local trails (like Punta Manara) you can visit Cervara, that is close to Sestri Levante, make a cruise from Sestri to San Fruttuoso or see a big flea market in Chiavari 😉 You won’t get bored 😉 Cheers!
We are planning a trip to the Ligurian coast over the New Year week. Which towns/villages will be open please? We hope to eat and drink out a lot and I’m nervous that they’ll all be deserted and closed!
Hello, well during New Year Week you will find a high season week – so you’ll find all restaurants, bars and hotels opened, towns full of tourists, etc (of course if we won’t be at lockdown again ….) So it’s a nice idea to come here in that period!