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Category Archives: Events in Italy

10 Best Springtime Festivals in Italy

For a lot of people, spring is the best among the four seasons of the year. It’s when we shake off the winter freeze and embrace the freshness of rebirth. Across the world’s temperate regions, there’s not a single place that doesn’t look good at this time of year. Few places, however, are as much fun to be in as Italy is from March to May. With crisp weather, nature in full bloom and a renewed energy in the air, spring is ideal for visiting this lovely European nation. Seeing archaeological sites, appreciating works of art and tasting the wonderful cuisine is standard faire when visiting any Italian city, but what can make your stay even more memorable is participating in awesome festivals during the springtime months. Taking part in the celebrations is the fastest way to immerse yourself in Italian culture; it helps you appreciate the country and its […]

What You Should Know about Holy Week Traditions in Italy

Any visitor in Italy during Holy Week would do well to know a bit about the rich traditions that surround this occasion. With Roman Catholicism being considered as the largest religion in the country in which the Vatican can also be found, a number of Holy Week traditions in Italy, from practices to rituals still prevail, particularly in the southern regions. The beginning of Holy Week is on Palm Sunday, and it lasts for the rest of the week up until Black Saturday, before ending in joyous Easter, or “Pasqua”, celebrations. Take note that the Monday right after Easter (“Pasquetta”) is also a holiday, so plan your trips accordingly. On Palm Sunday, the faithful normally flock to the churches where a mass and possibly processions are held. There are also baskets of olive branches and palms which are then blessed by the priest and are handed out to the congregation. […]

The Many Flavors of the Carnevale in Italy: Regional Versions

After the Christmas and New Year celebrations, the country of Italy’s next big party during the winter season would be the world-famous Carnevale, or Carnival. It is traditionally held as a final chance to have fun before the more somber Lenten season arrives, and it is also a goodbye to the cold months as people begin looking forward to spring. Though we often associate the Carnevale with just Venice, many cities and towns all over the country actually celebrate this holiday, each with their own unique twists and highlights. However, the biggest and most elaborate parties are at Venice, Viareggio, and Cento, so if you would like to join a bigger crowd, head to these cities. Some of the most popular Carnevale destinations are the following: Venice In the City of Bridges, the festivities tend to begin up to two weeks before the official date of the Carnevale. In the […]

Pasqua – Easter in Rome

Considered to be one of the biggest events in the Catholic liturgical calendar, Rome certainly comes alive during the week of Easter. Tens of thousands of pilgrims and visitors come to attend the religious celebrations and to hear mass being said by the Pope. The three days leading up to Easter Sunday (from Thursday until Saturday) are some of the busiest times of the year for the Catholic Church in Rome. There are several important dates and things to remember when visiting Rome during this time. Here are some helpful reminders to help you get through this religious event. Important Events in Easter The Easter week starts on the Sunday a week before Easter, also known as Palm Sunday. During this time, thousands of pilgrims greet the Pope with branches of olive or palm as a symbol of peace. These will be blessed by the Pope as he leads a […]

2017 Music Festivals in Italy That You Should Go To

Music and wine are just two things that Italy is famous for. And while an excess of the latter can become an issue, there’s nothing stopping you from immersing yourself in the musical bounty that Italy has to offer. This summer, there are various music festivals all across the country that you can attend and experience good music. Below is a list of some upcoming and ongoing festivals that you can still catch. Home Festival (Treviso) Currently on its 8th run, this is one of the more prominent music festivals in Northern Italy. It offers a very expansive line-up of both local and international artists. You can expect to see artists like Afterhous, Fedez, and Levante from the local side, as well as international names like Duran Duran, Moderat, and Liam Gallagher who will be playing at the festival. The event will be held at Zona Dogana in Treviso from […]

What to Expect in Venice’s Carnival 2017

This month, Venetians and visitors alike are in for a marvelous treat as the Carnival of Venice 2017 opens on the eleventh of February. This year’s theme is “CREATUM Vanity AF-fair” and revelers will be treated to numerous events all over the city, including costume and masquerade parties, parades, and street shows. Opening Shows The festivities typically open with La Festa Veneziana, which features a water parade and show as the main highlight. Just a bit past sunset on the 11th, the Rio di Cannaregio will transform into a water stage where performers dazzle the thousands of denizens that flock to the festival each year. This free show will be performed twice in the evening, with the first show happening at 6:00 PM, and the second at 8:00 PM. Celebrations will continue on to the next day, February 12th, when the Coordinamento Associazioni Remiere di Voga alla Veneta (Venetian Rowing […]

Italian Sporting Events: 5 Races You Shouldn’t Miss

The Italian people are known for their passion, manifesting itself in their love for sports. That same love for friendly competition also demonstrates itself in different forms. To see that passion yourself, here are 5 racing events you shouldn’t miss while in Italy: The Palio di Siena If you’re looking for a historic and exciting event, then the Palio di Siena won’t disappoint. Tracing its origins to the 17th century, the Palio is a race that features ten horses and their riders, hailing from the city’s 17 contrades or city districts. What distinguishes the Palio from a normal horse race is that the jockeys ride bareback—meaning they ride without saddles and stirrups. This means that riders can get thrown off their mounts as they make the turns along the dirt tracks, making for a memorable and dramatic race. The Italian Grand Prix As you may know, Formula One is the […]

The 12 Must-Experience Festivals of Italy

People who ask “What’s the best time to go to Italy?” are asking a question that’s impossible to answer. After all, there are many festivals and events all year round in the country, whether up in the mountains of the north or down in the sunny south. The festivals of Italy are among the best in the world… With so many festivities going on, we’ve selected one per month for you—so you’d know when to book with us: January Venice Carnival January 23 to February 9, 2016 in Venice It’s arguably the biggest event in the area. The Venice Carnival, which was first held in the 11th century, is a grand series of parties for locals and travelers alike. With various live performances, formal balls, and banquets every night, it’s the best time of the year to don a mask, dress up, and have fun. February Battle of the Oranges […]

Sagra Delle Fragole: A Sweet Strawberry Festival

In Italy, many small towns and comuni in rural areas hold festivals known as sagre. These sagre are held in honor of ancient traditions or organized as pageants celebrating local culinary specialties. Many are also held when a local produce is in season. From olive oil, pasta, and wine to pastries, vegetables, and fruits, these products bring income and sustenance to the communities and thus are a source of pride for the locals. Some 19 miles southeast of Rome, in the comune of Nemi, a sagra dedicated to strawberries is celebrated every late spring and early summer. This hillside town overlooking a lake of the same name has long been famous for its rich volcanic environment, which produces some of the sweetest strawberries in all of the Mediterranean. These strawberries come from the surrounding forests and are locally known as frogoline di bosco (wild strawberries). The Sagra Delle Fragole, as […]

Fun Summer Traditions in Italy Worth Seeing

What better way to spend summertime than to get sun-kissed in balmy Italy and to immerse yourself in the warmth of the Mediterranean? Italy is a great country not only for visiting museums, ancient ruins, as well as to eat great food in, it is also known for its summer traditions and events that are truly worth seeing. Here are some of them: Festa del Redentore – The beautiful northeastern Italian city of Venice hosts the Festa del Redentore (Feast of the Redeemer) every third Sunday of July. Originally a thanksgiving feast held to celebrate the end of a plague in 1576, the Festa del Redentore features the sailing of hundreds of boats into the Bacino di San Marco (Saint Mark’s Basin). Thousands of people also set up tables along the basin’s edge to dine and wait for the start of a grand fireworks display, which is launched from the […]


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