Italian Festivals
Enjoy Cultural Celebrations While Vacationing

Visiting Italian festivals on your trip here is a fun and exciting way to immerse yourself in the history and culture of this great country. There are many festivals to choose from depending on which time of year and where you are visiting. Some festivals charge a fee, but many are free or low cost. Some festivals are based on historical events, and you may get a glimpse at period costumes and customs. Others include modern-day festivities like fireworks and contests. From music and film festivals to horse races and regattas, Italy has a celebration that will delight and enchant every vacationer. 


One of the most notorious and impressive festivals in all of Italy has to be Carnevale or the Carnival. This most notable one takes place in Venice, but other towns and cities celebrate this festival too. In the region of Tuscany, the city of Viareggio has many celebrations including parades with floats. Carnival is celebrated in February and festivities are often held for several weeks leading up to the date. These events are full of authentic sights, sounds, and cuisines of the region. This is one of the busiest and most fascinating times to visit Italy.

If you love horse racing, Italy has two festivals that will delight you. The Palio of Siena is a horse race that takes place in the Piazza Il Campo. July and August are the months for this festival, and there are many events surrounding the races to take part in. Another interesting horse race festival takes place in Sardinia. The L’ardia Di San Costantino takes place in July and reenacts Constantine’s victory in Rome. This festival is alive with excitement and is also considered a wonderful celebration of food. 

If you want to watch a thrilling regatta, The Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics is a race in boats called gozzi with a team of eight. The four maritime republics race against each other and before the race there is a lively procession with medieval costumes. The festival location varies from year to year. 

If music and special jazz events are on your agenda, you will find many festivals and events that are specially made for vacationers. Music squares and public places are popular all over Italy often in the summer months. If you love movies, you won’t want to miss The Venice Film Festival and the Rome Cinema Festival which both take place in the fall.

Italian festivals are an interesting and entertaining way to see the colourful culture and deep-rooted history of Italy. Take one in on your visit and get a unique glimpse inside the heart and soul of Italian traditions.


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