The fairytale Christmas markets in north Italy’s self-governing region of Trentino-Alto Adige have been canceled due to the risks associated with covid-19.
The decision follows the latest emergency decree to combat the spread of covid.-19. Although the legislation does make any specific reference to Christmas markets, it does prohibit local fairs and community festivals.
The cancellation will be a significant blow to the region’s local economy, with the Christmas markets normally attracting tens of thousands of tourists each festive season.
The Trento Christmas Market is perhaps the most spectacular, with around 100 wooden huts selling handicraft, festive decorations, and food and wine delicacies.