Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas is Coming... Again.

For me Christmas starts with the Artigiano in Fiera at the beginning of December. Well, I say beginning of December, this year it's starting tomorrow. November. It may be the 30th but it's still November. Hmm.

Anywho, the Artigiano in Fiera is amazing. Bonkers, but amazing. Over the course of the week pretty much the entire city of Milan descends on the exhibitions centre in Rho Fiera. An artigiano is an artisan, but as an adjective it's used to describe something that's home made. And that's what the Fiera is full of - stands of artisans from all over the world selling their wares. You get everything from Limoncello and pastries from southern Italy, to scarves and jewellery from India, to wurstel and brezel from Austria and Germany and everything in between. There are also restaurants from all over the world catering to all tastes.
The hardcore Milanese bring along cases and shopping trolleys to take home their purchases, stocking up on Christmas presents. It's certainly not for the faint hearted - even from the red line Rho metro trains transporting the crowds there - but it's definitely worth a visit.

Entrance to the Artigiano in Fiera is free. It starts tomorrow at 10am and finishes next Sunday, 8th December. Getting there on public transport from Milan is easy, jump on a red line (M1) train with Rho as the destination (not Bisceglie, that won't get you there). A return ticket from within the city limits costs 5 euro. Information about the Fiera can be found in English on their site here.

Normally my carefully planned attack on the Fiera takes place on the first day, but this year I can't go - as I'm off to Rome for the weekend!


Jenny P said...

Thank you for this description. I've seen the posters around but as we are new to Milan I didn't quite know what to expect. I think I'll give it a go tomorrow. Oh, and congratulations on your daily blogposts for November. I've thoroughly enjoyed them.

Nerys said...

Thanks Jenny!