Christmas in Italy – Cultural Events in Italy

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How do Italians celebrate Christmas? The spirit of Christmas consumes the lives of all Italians for the entire month of December and the beginning of January. Italy has a series of Christmas traditions that you may not even know about.

The Christmas traditions vary from the north to the south, so there is no one way that Italians celebrate this special time of year. Have you ever heard of San Nicolò? Or Santa Lucia? If these names are new to you, then how about the Befana?

In this Italian listening and comprehension exercise, you will learn all about these and other Christmas legends and traditions.

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It is a great way for you to work on your Italian Listening and Comprehension skills.  

Don’t just listen to this Episode as you would any other Podcast in your native language! 
You are here to improve your ability to speak and understand Italian, and you will if you use these resources strategically.

Below are clear and simple instructions on how you should use these learning materials.


  • Read the TRUE/FALSE questions below; they will help you focus on the main points you need to listen out for.


  • Listen to the audio once. Don’t focus on trying to understand every single word and sentence.
    The aim is to get the overall meaning. What is Manu talking about?
  • Listen to it again and see if you can pick out the key words and find the answers to the questions as you listen.
  • Listen to the audio as many times as you need – the more you listen the more you will understand. Try and identify words that you don’t know the meaning of and look them up.
    The most important thing is that you listen more than once!

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Here are your TRUE/ FALSE Comprehension questions.

You will find the answers to these questions and even more questions in the Bonus PDF.


1. In Italia i festeggiamenti per il Natale durano più di un mese
In Italy Christmas celebrations last more than a month

2. I bambini italiani aspettano i doni solo da Babbo Natale
Italian children only expect presents from Santa Clause

3. Tutta Italia ha le stesse tradizioni natalizie
All of Italy has the same Christmas traditions

4. San Nicolò è il nome che i bambini italiani danno a Babbo Natale
“San Nicolò” is the name that Italian children give to Santa Clause

5. Secondo la tradizione, Santa Lucia porta doni a tutti i bambini buoni
According to tradition, Saint Lucia brings presents to all the good children

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