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Italian Festivals and Events

Festivals in Italy (January – June)

 

Verona Carnival

Verona, Italy
January
www.tourism.verona.it

 

 

Baroque Carnival

Palermo, Italy
February

 

 

Florence Carnival

Florence, Italy
February

 

 

San Corrado Festival

Noto, Italy
February

 

 

Venice Carnival

Venice
February
www.carnivalofvenice.com

The Venice Carnival is one of the most famous in all of Europe and it lasts for a fortnight. It has masked balls, extravagant costumes, lots of music. It attracts thousands of people and for two weeks its one huge party.

 

 

Viareggio Carnival

Italy
February
www.viareggiocarnival.co.uk

This is Italy's wildest festival with parades sporting huge puppets among the kaleidoscope folk, revelry of all sorts and fireworks.

 

 

Ivrea Carnival

Piedmont, Italy
February
www.carnivaledivrea.com

This is a colorful carnival that has a different ending as the whole town partakes in a monstrous orange fight.

 

 

Rome Irish Fleadh

Rome, Italy
March
www.xoomer.alice.it

 

 

Scoppio del Carro

Florence, Italy
April

This festival explodes a cart in Piazza del Duomo on Easter Sunday

 

 

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Florence, Italy
April
www.maggiofiorentino.com

This is one of Italy's oldest music event focuses on opera, ballet and concerts.

 

 

Festival of Snakes

Cocullo, Italy
April
www.abruzzotourismo.it

This is one of the more unique festivals in Italy and it attracts thousands annually

 

 

Photoshow

Milan, Italy
April
www.photoshow.it

This is one of the largest international photography fairs in the world.

 

 

Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Turin, Italy
April
www.turinglfilmfestival.com

 

 

Intermundia

Rome, Italy
May
www.finisterre.it

 

 

Vogalonga (Boat Race)

Venice, Italy
May

 

 

Candles Race

Gubbio, Italy
May
www.italiantourism.com

This festival

 

 

Festival of the Snakes

Cocullo, Italy
May
www.italia.it

This is one of Italy's wildest festival as there are thousands of snakes are let go to go wild. They aren't venemous, but honestly does it matter, it's pretty crazy.

 

 

Firenze Gelato Festival

Florence, Italy
May
www.firenzegelatofestival.it

Italians love ice cream and this festival is the perfect event to satisfy those cravings. Here you will find loads of places selling ice cream and you will have the opportunity to make your own in the beautiful Italian heat.

 

 

Gubbio Candle Race

Gubbio, Italy
May

This Italian festival is a street race and challenges teams to run around town with a massive 3ft, half-tonne torch. This tradition nhas been going since 1242.

 

 

Festival of Saint John

Florence, Italy
June
www.stjohnbluesfestival.com


This festival has parades, dances, and loads more.

 

 

Calcio Storico

Florence, Italy
June
www.calciostorico.it

 

Game of the Bridge Festival

Pisa, Italy
June
www.italia.it

This festival

 

 

 

 


Festivals in Italy (July – December)

 

Il Palio

Siena, Italy
July
www.ilpalio.org

This festival last for a few days of partying in this gorgeous town culminate in a brief bareback horse race through the town.

 

 

Medieval Days

San Marino, Italy
July
www.giornatemedioevali.sm

This medieval festival is recreated by a cavalcade of costumed performers who act out battles amid swirling banners and trumpet calls. Musicians, jugglers and acrobats fill the streets while a market is in full swing.

 

 

Traffic Free Festival

Turin, Italy
July
www.trafficfestival.com

This annual event is free and attracts loads of big name bands.

 

 

Festino di Santa Rosalina

Palermo, Italy
July

This event has loads of parades, processions and fireworks.

 

 

Womad Taormina

Sicily, Italy
July
www.womad.org

 

 

Sentieri Acustici

Pistoia, Italy
August
www.provincia.pistoia.it

 

 

San Rocco Music Festival

Venice, Italy
August

 

 

Rossini Opera Festival

Pesaro, Italy
August

 

 

Venice Film Festival

Venice, Italy
August

 

 

Milan Fashion Week

Milan, Italy
September

 

 

Truffel Festival

Acqualanga, Italy
October

 

 

La Salute

Venice, Italy
21st of November

 

 

Artissima 17 Festival

Milan, Italy
November
www.artissima.it

This is a contemporary art fair in Turin, which hosts over 130 international galleries. It also puts the spotlight on overlooked artists from the 1960s - 70s and young galleries taking part for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 



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