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Holidays - Festivals

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
valentine's italy verona
  Italy is famous for its romantic towns, which have often been the setting for unforgettable cinematic love scenes. There are several ways to have a great time with your partner for Valentine's day in Italy: la festa degli innamorati, the day of lovers, is usually celebrated by going to the restaurant for a nice dinner. Sweethearts usually give each other gifts, flowers and chocolates in heart-shaped boxes. Imagine how beautiful it would be to do all this in Italy, in some of the most
Friday, February 10th, 2017
saint valentine
  Leonhard Beck - Heiliger Valentin (Veste Coburg) di Leonhard Beck - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg  (   February is the month of the colourful celebrations of Carnevale. Lovers and romantics of all kind, however, will be quick to remind us February is first of all the month of roses, hearts and chocolate boxes: it is the month of Saint Valentine.    Absolutely adored by the most romantics, mocked by many and embraced with flair by
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
carnival italy
 Carnevale is one of the most colorful celebrations in the world. In Italy, we are serious about it. In the end, this is where it was born. We are all familiar with the Carnevale of Venice and that of Viareggio, as well as famous international renditions such as the Carnival in New Orleans, that in Rio and that in Notting Hill (London).  In Italy, though, every town, even the smallest, has its own Carnevale parade. Every village celebrates, every family cooks up a storm to honor this century
Friday, December 30th, 2016
habits for new year
  The year comes to an end with the 31st December: New Year's Eve. Each country has its own habits and customs when it comes to how to end an year and begin another. Italy, too, has its own traditions and rituals, which are usually followed strictly by many, as we are, it is well known everywhere in the world, a nation of scaramantici, that is to say, superstitious people. Here is a list of the most traditional things we do in Italy during the night of the 31st December:  
Thursday, December 29th, 2016
new year's eve in Italy: lentils and zampone
You may have notice I do tend to rumble about my family quite a lot when I begin writing: it is because I am a dreamer by nature, and like reminiscing quite a lot. I am also pretty lucky, in the sense I had a very much ideal childhood, which left me with plenty of amazing memories to share, and two grandmothers who cooked divinely, which means I have a lot of kitchen related anedoctes to tell.    Capodanno's fireworks in Genoa (by izanbar at   Believe it or not, though, when
Wednesday, December 28th, 2016
new year's in Italy
  New Year's in Italy   We're a nation of fortune seekers and lucky charms lovers (no, not the cereals... although I admit I did contemplate the possibility, once, to buy a large bag of Lucky Charms marshmallows) and, if there's a time of the year when it shows, it's certainly at Capodanno, our New Year's Eve.   I must admit that if we had to follow each ritual down to a T, organizing the night, no, living and enjoying the night, would be
Monday, December 5th, 2016
san nicolò di bari
San Nicolò di Bari   It seems the month of December is the time of gift giving regardless of your religious affiliation or nationality. This is especially true in the United States, where the image of Santa Claus is emblazoned everywhere since late November. Other countries have their own version of a benevolent older gentleman who gives out gifts in December, usually known as Father Christmas. Whatever you call him, be it Father Christmas, Sinterklaas, or even Santa Claus, this
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
all souls day
November is inaugurated by two important religious feasts in Italy: All Saints Day and All Souls Day, on November 1st and 2nd, respectively. These are very important days in the Catholic tradition and their roots can be found deep in its past.     All Saints Day (November 1st) in Italy   All Saints and martyrs of Italy, as viewed by Fra Angelico (   La Festa di Ognissanti, or the All Saints Feast, is a religious event celebrated ion November 1st. This feast celebrates all the
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
halloween italy
  Halloween in Italy: zombies in the streets of Rome   Halloween in Italy: is it just an excuse for kids to spray shaving foam on strangers' cars, and for adults to dress up and party, or is there more to it?   These days, many have the feeling that Halloween has become more popular, especially among the younger generations, than Italy's very own Carnevale, those two weeks right before Lent when Italians get crazy about dressing up and
Monday, August 22nd, 2016
infiorata bolsena
  Infiorata, Bolsena   Infiorata Bolsena 2010.  The 'infiorata' is a homage to the miracle that took place in Bolsena, known all over the world as the 'Miracle of Bolsena'. In 1263 a Bohemian priest, traveling to Rome to resolve his doubts over the doctrine of transubstantiation, celebrated mass in the town: the communion host turned to literal flesh at the consecration and drops of human blood spilled onto the altar cloth. He tried to hide what had happened but stains
Monday, July 25th, 2016
marostica chess game
  A view of Marostica's famous "Piazza degli Scacchi" (Ale/flickr)   Festivals and local events are the mirror of specific folklore and they always reflect the tradition and culture of a place. In Italy there are hundreds, if not thousands, of towns that want to express their local features through events. However, Marostica, in the Vicenza province, perhaps has exceeded all types of expectations. This Northern town is renowned for being the città degli scacchi, the town of
Thursday, July 21st, 2016
palio mussi terrossa
In Terrossa, a small village in the province of Verona, since immemorial time every 4th week-end of July takes place a festival to celebrate and pay homage to what was once the main assistant to the farmer, the donkey.     When the donkey was replaced by tractors at the beginning of the 1970s, the festival was suspended, until 1997 when a group of friends of the village of Terrossa decided to bring back the old celebration and to reinvent it into a real race with a prize, a “palio”. Every “
Saturday, April 30th, 2016
First of May
1st of May: Italy celebrates International Workers' Day   International Workers' Day: workers at the beginning of the 20th century (Britt Marie Sohlström)   May in Italy begins with a public holiday based on an important anniversary: the Festa dei Lavoratori. Celebrated in more than eighty countries, in Italy, as in the rest of the world, International Workers' Day is an important day created in honor and defense of laborers. This festivity was born with the aim of
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
italian holidays
  Many of the most popular Italian holidays are shared with all the western world, think of Christmas or New Year's Eve. Others have been imported, like Halloween. Others yet are typically Italian, like our national holidays or the Epiphany.   Let's review some of the most cherished among Italian holidays, which are not known or practiced in the rest of the world.  If you'd like to know more about specific holidays in our beautiful peninsula, you can find more articles in this
Monday, March 7th, 2016
women's day italy
 March 8 - Women's Day   Mimosa, the flower of Women's Day in Italy Ph. flickr/hexion   The 8th of March is International Women’s Day and Italian men are going to celebrate it with the traditional gift of yellow mimosas to Italy’s lovely women.   This civil holiday was born as a political event, and over the course of years blended into the culture of many countries, to the point that in some celebrations, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
easter italy
   That's some Easter Egg! (Corrado Nuccini/flickr)   To some, it may be hard to understand how important Easter is for Italians. It may not be very big in the USA, but in Italy it is the second most important religious holiday after Christmas. From a strictly religious point of view, it is even more important: in fact Easter, the feast dedicated to the resurrection of Christ, is the celebration of the mystery that is
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
holiday celebrations italy
New Year's Eve in Italy (by Konstanttin at   As a follow-up to our previous article on the Italian holidays, let's see how Italians like to celebrate them: you never know, some of their habits and traditions may be perfect to export to this side of the pond!   Capodanno (New Year's Eve/ New Year's Day, December 31st-January 1st) New Year's celebrations begin on December 31st with the standard 10-second countdown to midnight, and celebratory fireworks. What makes Capodanno 
Friday, January 15th, 2016
Italian carnevale
Carnevale has been keeping us company for more than seven days already and the country will celebrate its end with a bang on Shrove Tuesday, in a week time. Very little people do not know about this famous Italian recurrence, exported all over the world. So much Carnevale is loved outside of Italy, that some of its foreign incarnations – read Rio, New Orleans or Notting Hill, in London – have become as famous as the original.   Celebrations and coriandoli at the centre of Carnevale in Italy (
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
events halloween italy
If it all started as an unusual night to have fun, but today Halloween has become more and more popular and an increasing number of Italian people are celebrating it from the north to the south of the country. Although Halloween was born as a pagan celebration, with Celtic origins, to honor the dead in Europe, it was exported to the USA by immigrants from Ireland and Scotland in the 19th century.   Halloween celebrations in Italy Ph. flickr/Luca Nonato It is not a long time ago
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
calendimaggio assisi
  Calendimaggio: May 6-9 2015   The origins of the festival of Calendimaggio which takes place in Assisi, are to be found among the ancient customs of many different peoples, but especially in the Roman celebrations known as the "Fasti di Maggio" and in the medieval tradition of celebrating the arrival of Spring in early May (Kalende di Maggio) with groups of revelers serenading through the streets of the town.   Parade at the Calendimaggio, Assisi. Ph. flickr/la
Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
Pandoro, Italian holiday cake
Pandoro: Italian Christmas Cake   Il Pandoro di Verona   This is a  very traditional cake eaten all over Italy. Tall and fluffy, pandoro needs to rise almost a dozen times, before being baked and covered in sifted powdered sugar. They are sold commercially almost everywhere-- especially around the winter holidays: Christmas, New Year's Eve and the Befana.   We can kindly take you back to the Austrian Asburgico Empire
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
traditional events italy
Traditional Events in Italy's Many Cities   Italy is a country with a long history of traditions and cultural events. Depending on which time of the year you decide to visit and where you are staying, you may have the luck to participate to one of the numerous festivals the country offers. If you're particularly interested in one of them, you may even decide to organize your entire holiday around it. Let's take a look at some of the more curious, famous and interesting sagre,
Saturday, January 19th, 2013
  Infiorata in Genzano   A lot of Italian festivals are linked to Catholicism and this is also the case for the Infiorata. The event is rooted in religious tradition and it was first organized in Rome. Benedetto Drei and his son are considered the first promoters of the custom of using the flowers from Saint Peter's Basilica to reproduce mosaics by cutting and placing each flower in a particular way.   Preparing the Infiorata in Cusano Mutri, Benevento. Ph.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italy Tours & Itineraries - Calandar of Events When to go to Italy and what will be happening when you get there? This is a question many travelers ask themselves before planning their trip to the Old Country. Italy is spectacular no matter what time of year you choose to go, but if your travel plans are flexible you may want to plan around the different events happening throughout the year. Let’s take a short journey through the 12 months of the year and highlight different events and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Holidays And Festivals In Italy Christmas in Italy Festive events and holidays have been an integral part of Italian life since the days of Ancient Rome. The fun ranges from religious events like Easter and Carnival to more civic minded festivities held in every Italian town during the summer, to the wonderful festivals in honor of local food products. This section will show the many celebrations held throughout the year in Italy.