Milan hosts 22nd Artisans’ Fair

2-10 Dec. Traditional Christmas market in Milan’s Rho fairgrounds.

One of the most popular pre-Christmas activities in Milan, the Artigiano in Fiera market opens again this weekend with over 3,200 stands from more than 100 countries.

The nine-day event, which last year attracted over 1,670,000 visitors, is an occasion to choose gifts from around the world and to discover exotic specialties in the 43 restaurants and 16 snack points spread among the 10 pavilions.

Not only finished products – there will also be many chances to watch the artisans at work in their workshops, a fascinating way to see how the products are created out of their raw materials.

The country of honour this year will be Iran, with Persian food, music and dance alongside the stalls selling artisan gifts. China, too, will be represented not only by craft products such as textiles and toys, but also with a display explaining the “One Belt One Road” project for relaunching trade routes to and from Europe along the old silk roads.

Stands from all over Italy, from food to clothing, from design to high tech, will also include a specialised bridal show for every aspect of the wedding and reception.

For those who can’t manage to carry all the products they would like to buy, there is also a courier service to send parcels home.

There is a detailed guide to the fair and its programme of events on the official website.

So popular is the annual market that regional rail network Trenord is offering special reduced-price day-return tickets from all over Lombardy right into the fairgrounds, valid also for discounts in the restaurants. Italo long-distance trains will also exceptionally stop at the Rho fair station for the duration of the market.