Discover Italy’s Festivals this Fall & Winter

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Bologna, from the top of Torre degli Asinelli. Bologna hosts many festivals throughout the year. Photo by Steffen Brinkmann, via Wikimedia.

Bologna, from the top of Torre degli Asinelli. Bologna hosts many festivals throughout the year. Photo by Steffen Brinkmann, via Wikimedia.

Italy has an abundance of festival and events, celebrating everything from fine food and wine, to culture, sport and music. If you’re planning a trip to Italy, or looking for an excuse to go, check out these awesome, upcoming festivals.

October Festivals in Italy

October plays host to a number of delectable events, including the Alba White Truffle Festival in the Piedmont town of Alba. This is held on weekends throughout the month and is the biggest truffle festival in the country.

Other gastronomic celebrations in October include Boccaccesca in Certaldo Alto, Tuscany as well as a week-long potato festival in Bologna and World Pasta Day on the fourth Sunday in the month. If you prefer something sweeter, then the Eurochocolate event in Perugia should tickle your tastebuds.

Once you have gorged yourself, the Rome Film Festival and International Accordion Festival should provide the perfect entertainment.

November Festivals in Italy

All Saints Day ushers in November on the first day of the month. This is a national holiday, which is followed by All Souls Day, where Italians honor deceased relatives by bringing flowers to cemeteries.

November boasts a fantastic array of cultural festivals in Italy, such as the Romaeuropa Festival. Held in venues throughout Rome, this celebration provides performances in dance, music and theater. The month also signals the start of Opera Season in many of the country’s top opera houses.

The second weekend sees The International Horse Show descend on Verona, with a parade of decorated horses and costumed participants coming from across the globe.

 December Festivals in Italy

Before the festive celebrations take hold in Italy, Saint Vincent will host the climactic conclusion of the Italian Poker Tour Grand Final in Casino de la Vallee. The action will take place from 28th November – 2nd December.

For something more family-orientated, the Florence Noel will run into early December with children’s activities, music and the home of Italy’s answer to Father Christmas, Babbo Natale.

Other Christmas events include Saint Barbara day on 4th December in Paterno, Sicily where a parade takes place before a nativity scene is erected. The Abruzzo region celebrates San Nicolo Feast Day on 6th December, indulging with loaves of bread, biscuits and wine. The national holiday Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, on 8th December, sees music, stalls and parades flood the streets. A ceremony is held at the Spanish Steps, presided over by the Pope, in a fantastic mix of traditional religion and festivity.

These are just a few of the many festivals happening this Fall and Winter in Italy.

 

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