The Asti Christmas Market is the largest Christmas market in Italy and, according to the European Best Destination classic, it is also 1 of the 10 most beautiful markets in Europe!
So let’s take a detailed look at the dates for 2023 and what to expect from these Christmas markets that were only born in 2021 but have become, in just a few years, an attraction for many tourists in search of quality gifts.
Asti Christmas markets: dates 2023
The Asti Christmas Market runs from 11 November to 17 December 2023, with opening hours of 10:00-20:00. Below you will find the opening dates in detail.
Asti Christmas Market in November 2023
Asti Christmas Markets in December 2023
Asti Christmas markets in December 2023
Strolling through the centre of Asti, you will find several signs depicting a Christmas elf pointing you in the direction to reach the markets.
The more than 130 Christmas little houses are located on the square that houses the panoramic wheel and offer handicrafts and food and wine products from various regions of Italy.
The atmosphere is the classic festive Christmas one, thanks to the decorations, music, and the aromas of street food typical of this time of year, but also of Piedmontese cuisine.
Browsing among the stalls, you are sure to find original and, above all, handmade and truly quality gifts.
The Asti 2023 Christmas markets: where to eat
The stalls selling food can be found grouped in one place.
Savoury choices range from sandwiches with lampredotto, braised beef or pork sandwich, braised beef with mashed potatoes on a plate, meatballs, pizza, focaccia genovese and focaccia di recco, bretzel with speck and cheese, and much more.
As for desserts, you will find crepes, pancakes, sfogliatelle, strudel, hot chocolate.
All accompanied, of course, by mulled wine.
The food is good and of high quality and the price, in our opinion, is a little high. The sandwiches cost, on average, 10.00€ and the pot roast (small) 12.00€.
Guided activities during the markets
During the Christmas markets, the Elfo Guide will take you on a guided tour of Asti ‘s historical centre and its most famous monuments , recounting anecdotes and curiosities.
The guided tour is suitable for the whole family and takes place at 11 a.m. on Sundays.
Fares are 9.00€ adult, 5.00€ reduced 7-11 years, free for children under 11.
Pre-sale costs €1.00 and tickets can be purchased here.
If you are interested in what to see in Asti, you can have a look at this article.
How to get to Asti and where to park
The nearest motorway exit to the Christmas markets is the Asti Est exit.
Afterwards, you must take the SR10 and drive 5 kilometres, arriving in about 10 minutes at the car park in Piazza Campo del Palio.
Part of the car park on Wednesdays and Saturdays is a market , but there is a lot of turnover and you will not struggle to find a space.
The rate is 0.80€ per hour.
A few steps on foot, and you will find yourself at the Christmas markets, arranged around the Ferris wheel, at the gateway to the historical centre of Asti.