Italian Christmas–part II

Top to bottom: 1. Nativity scenes in the window of Il Bazar di San Francesco (note card players at bottom right) 2. Close up, showing mechanical chickens slamming their beaks into the ground so hard that you can hear them through the glass 3. Alpine ski scenes that we think Bob’s sister Elizabeth would like  4. Cakes in a pasticceria window on the main thoroughfare at Via Po  5. Artisanal panettone, the traditional Christmas dessert of Italy, at Amici Miei.  6. & 7. Nicely arranged stationery shop window on Vinzaglio, with Mickey Mouse’s Christmas in Italian.

On Sunday, Sarie and I went out to find a particular Christmas gift.  We walked all the way up the diagonal street Pietro Micca into the heart of Torino, Piazza Castello.  Then we swung by Il Bazar di San Francesco, where we found the nativity scenes from the last post.  Serendipitously, we also found an ice-skating rink!  After that, we walked back to the main street, Via Po, across the river and up to Monte dei Cappuccini to get a view of the Alps on a rare clear day, and to sit in the church. As it started to get cold and dark, we walked back down the hill and took the old-fashioned, orange-painted 13 tram down Pietro Micca towards home. In the twilight we watched crowds of people leisurely strolling past the shop windows and enjoying themselves. Finally, we got off the tram and walked down Vinzaglio towards home, tired, but happy.

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4 thoughts on “Italian Christmas–part II

  1. I’ve looked at this a few times now, and I really like getting a feel for window shopping there. I think it gives me the same feeling (which I can’t seem to grasp enough to put into words) I got when window shopping along the town and city streets of England. Nice. I love your narrative in this post as well. It is warm, and you describe just the kind of outing I would love to take. I really look forward to reading more stories of your days in Italy.

  2. Although I have a deep, soft spot for Tasha Tudor’s country view of Christmas, I have always maintained that ironically New York City is the greatest place to celebrate, and observe Christmas. However, after seeing your posts on Christmas in Torino, I am definitely reconsidering my position. All of the diminutive figures are charming.

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