Basel & Strasbourg sparkling + bright!

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…Is the most wonderful time of the year! As we are in the middle of Xmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations, we would like to add a little bit of sparkling lights and fluffy things to your holidays! Just 4 train hours’ from Milan central station to reach this magical atmosphere starting from Basel (CH) and continuing in Strasbourg biggest European Xmas markets. Enjoy some winter inspirations from Switzerland and Alsace with love ❤ Let’s start with a little bit of ICESKATING!basel - market This Nativity looks just like a 3 floors cake! basel - nativity basel cathedral Garlands madness!basel - garland basel - lights These kids are waiting for Santa!basel - tree Sweetness in the air!basel candy cane basel markets Magical Strasbourg alleys ❤strasbourg strasbourg cathedral strasbourg houses May your holidays be merry & bright too! Keep following Picus! °v°

Look a lot like Xmas!

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Santa’s almost at the door (or fireplace!), snow has already whitened mountains’ peaks so… Xmas season has finally come!

Time to get ready! Wrapping presents in gold paper with big velvet ribbons, print the labels(here’s our favorites…and free: ), writing festives wishes while “jingle all the way”‘s playing…

But…WAIT! We just miss a thing…PRESENTS!!

Keep calm! Here’s a list of Xmas markets you could not miss, where to find dreamy-cutie-useful-original-handmade-perfect Xmas gifts!

So put on scarf & gloves, arm yourself with a take away mug of hot chocolate and chose your perfect Xmas itinerary in Le Marche region! In our map all the appointments you could not miss, keep reading below for more infos 🙂


6-24 DECEMBER (from 9 am to 10 pm), @Piazza Pertini (ANCONA)

Find the traditional Xmas market in the heart of the city. Even if you’re  a Xmas presents’ latecomer you can make last minute shopping on Xmas’ Eve! Looking for something special? Visit the VINTAGE market open from 20 to 24 December in Piazza Roma.

27-28 DECEMBER, @ Corso Garibaldi (ANCONA)

Antiques lovers’ this is the last appointment of the year…Time to make a present for yourselves 🙂 and , (why not?) find amazing vintage accessories for New Year’s Eve.

More info here:


One of the most evocative Xmas market in Le Marche, province of PESARO-URBINO.

The little town of CANDELARA hosts till 14 DECEMBER a candles’ festival, switching off artificial lights in alleys (at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm), creating a unique, intimate and very old-time atmosphere. Of course there’s a candle & Xmas’ stuff market through the medieval center… breathe Xmas magic 🙂 For kids also Santa’s laboratory and the snowy alley!

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Welcome in Le Marche Xmas town! A whole events’ calendar for all Xmas tastes which includes markets, concerts, shows…Have a look here and find your favorite:


Is there a best place to enjoy a romantic Xmas rather than Paolo & Francesca’s castle in GRADARA (province of PESARO-URBINO)?

For these holidays (from 6 DECEMBER to 6 JANUARY) the medieval town turns into”Little Santa’s elfs village”: winter tastes such as vin brulè and chestnuts, tombola for adults and kids but the best part is ( hold on tightly literature’s lovers!) a walk through the village and the castle with live actors playing Paolo & Francesca’s drama ! Book the walk and find more info here:

For those who do not know Paolo & Francesca dramatic love story:


A various Xmas market: from handmade, to vintage, through decorations! 14 and 21 DECEMBER, @MACERATA (

Santa’ll be waiting for kids to mail their letters in Borgo Ficana @ Santa Village! Do not be late!


Till 6 JANUARY 2015 (every week end) in URBINO, is the perfect occasion to shop at the Xmas market and also visit this beautiful city that’ll also host @ Palazzo Ducale, Leonardo da Vinci’s paint “The beautiful princess” (“La bella principessa”). Tickets and info:

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First appointment of the year with art & history, addressed to all antiques’ lovers! It’s gonna be a sweet Befana (even though you’ve received coal 🙂 )


After hot chocolate, shopping, chestnuts and god-knows-how-many-others-sweets…time for sport! In OSIMO center the iceskating rink is waiting! So put on silver skatings (times and cost at and if it’s not enough….more events here 🙂

Have a holly jolly Christmas & see you out there (I’ll be the one with hot-something in hands!)