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This year how about participating in one of the most fascinating Italian Christmas traditions and attend the lighting of the bonfires on Christmas eve in Abbadia San Salvatore? This is a festival so old that its origins are shrouded in the mists of time. 
The festival starts at 6pm when the Cerimonia di Accensione gets underway with the "Benezione del Fuoco" (Blessing of the Fire). The band plays Christmas songs and the bonfire in front of the town hall is lit with sacred flame. On this signal, the people known as "Capi Fiaccola" light their torches and carry them to the dozens of other bonfires dispersed around the historic centre and the rest of the little town. It is a time to celebrate all that we have to be grateful for, to enjoy mulled wine with friends in front of the warm bonfires and to sing Christmas carols. 
Let us show you a traditional Tuscan Christmas and help you immerse yourself in the local festive traditions of the area for this very special time of the year. Book our Christmas Package and included are traditional dinners on Christmas eve and on the 25th. Also included will be a visit to the Christmas market in Montepulciano, one of the biggest Christmas markets in Tuscany. 

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The itinerary for our Christmas package is as follows:

Arrival 23rd:

  • Dinner at a local restaurant*.

Christmas Eve 24th:

  • Breakfast at BelSentiero;

  • Accompanied visit to the Christmas market in Montepulciano;

  • Lunch in Montepulciano*;

  • Accompanied visit to Abbadia San Salvatore to witness the "Cerimonia di Accensione" at 6pm when the bonfires are lit;

  • Late dinner at BelSentiero.

Christmas Day 25th:

  • Late breakfast (brunch) at BelSentiero;

  • Gift giving under the Christmas tree;

  • Traditional Tuscan Christmas dinner at BelSentiero.

Boxing Day 26th:

  • Late breakfast (brunch) at BelSentiero;

  • Departure and arrivedeci.

* Price is extra to be paid at the restaurant/ trattoria

** During this period of Covid masks will need to be worn in public spaces and to participate it will be necessary to prove that you have been vaccinated (EU green pass or national vaccination card)


  • Single €565 (self-driving)

  • Couple €655 (self-driving)

  • With driver €880

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Contact us on to express your interest and book.

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