Holidays - Festivals

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
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
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
  Leonhard Beck - Heiliger Valentin (Veste Coburg) di Leonhard Beck - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg  (   February is coming and with it 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 singles, who
Friday, February 6th, 2015
  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
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
  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
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
Sunday, December 28th, 2014
new years eve in italy: fireworks
  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 heavenly, 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,
Friday, December 26th, 2014
spumante, for a new year's in Italy
  Forgetful Italians     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
Friday, December 26th, 2014
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
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
events halloween italy
If it all started as an unusual night to have fun, 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 that
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
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, July 28th, 2014
palio dei mussi
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 70s, 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 “
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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 feasts 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. The links to their
Saturday, May 10th, 2014
  The Festival of Calendimaggio     Calendimaggio: May 8-10 2014   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.   Corteo
Monday, January 20th, 2014
Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Hundreds of types of pasta are made in Italy. An amount of about three hundred types is estimated to exist including several sizes: long, medium and short.Pasta lovers usually do not care about the type but everybody has their own favorite. However, if you want to taste something new or try some local pasta that you have never seen abroad, you could have a stop at the primi d'Italia event. Pasta eaters and all those who like eating what is the strongest point of Italian food, will only be
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
1 May: Italy celebrates International Workers' Day Iron WorkersMay 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, almost worldwide, with the aim of remembering the workers who were members of the unions, in order to emphasize the importance of the
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, September 28th, 2012
The human chess game in Marostica Festivals and local events are the mirror of specific folklore; 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 province of Vicenza, perhaps has exceeded all types of expectations. Marostica Chess Game This Northern town is renowned for being the città degli scacchi, the town of chess, and it celebrates
Friday, September 7th, 2012
  The Italian territory lives the magic atmosphere of Celtic tradition in a place at the boundaries of the country. In fact, Valle D'Aosta, an Italian region enjoying special statute in name of its bilingualism (Italian and French) and situated at the extreme North-Western part of Italy, hosts this event celebrating Celtic culture through music, activities and dancing.       The event takes place in the amazing alpine town of Courmayeur, framed by the beauty of the
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.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  November is inaugurated by two important religious feasts in Italy: All Saints Day and All Souls Day, 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 day celebrates all
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  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, check out the scroll down menu on
Friday, June 1st, 2012
La Befana (Photo from   Italian holidays are comprised of some of the common international ones--like Christmas and New Year's--plus some which are typically their own. These made-in-Italy holidays are a combination of religious, political and social celebrations. We have listed them here by date  and have also provided the Italian name for the holiday so you'll know just what to call it when speaking to your Italian friends!   1. Capodanno
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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  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
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