1. Mary Poppins
A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, and raises the level of fun. Until 27 January, the show featuring the world's best loved nanny is at the Teatro Nazionale in Milan. Mary Poppins is unique in her ability in bringing everybody together: just hearing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious transports grownups back to childhood in a flash.
Her adventures star on stage with energetic dances, sumptuous costumes and spectacular special effects. And also a particularly large cast and a live orchestra.
2. Kinky Boots
Until 6 January the Teatro Nuovo in Milan is showing the musical with songs by Cyndi Lauper that has been a massive hit in both the London West End and on Broadway.
The main character, Charlie Price, inherits his father's shoe factory which is on the brink of bankruptcy. All seems lost when Lola appears, a drag queen who needs boots that are both show-stopping and strong for her performances.
From 20 December to 13 January, the Sistina will welcome one of the classics of the award-winning partnership Garinei e Giovannini with music by Armando Trovajoli. It is the original staging with sets and costumes by Giulio Coltellacci.
The great surprise is the star performer Enrico Montesano who, exactly 40 years after his famous debut in 1978, once again dons the costume of the character who brought him so much good fortune.
4. Aggiungi un posto a tavola
Don Silvestro, the parish priest of a small mountain village, receives an unexpected phone call from God who instructs him to prepare an ark for a second great flood. After a thousand vicissitudes, the priest succeeds in his task – but the unexpected lurks behind the corner.
The musical, famous for its songs that have become a cult, stars Gianluca Guidi who has taken the show back to the splendour of its opening run in the 1970s. Until 6 January at Teatro Brancaccio in Rome.
At the Teatro Nazionale in Milan until 27 January, Mary Poppins, the musical, is on show for children and the young at heart
Great actors, wonderful dances, a new story and the immense musical repertoire of Pino Daniele. A mix that brings together tunes, drama and Neapolitan tradition to create a unique theatre experience.
The spotlight shines on the many facets of a city brimming with culture and full of contradictions that reflect the individual. But also topics such as love, courage, friendship, integration, the fight for one's ideals and the freedom to be oneself. Until 15 December at Palapartenope in Naples.
Artistic Lights in Turin and Salerno
Until the middle of January, luminous installations transform the two cities into open-air museums. Look up to admire them
Christmas Markets 2018
From Bolzano to Bari, a journey through Italy to discover child-friendly villages. Through piazze adorned in festive decorations and fabulous atmospheres