Treat Yourself To A Festival in Italy

If a festival in Italy sounds like a good way to experience the local culture and have fun at the same time, then check out some of these popular festivals on the Italian calendar.

Festivals, both on a grand and small scale, take place in many Italian towns throughout the year, and the best news is, most of them won’t cost you a thing.

Rome’s Estate Romana, which runs from June to September, has some free events, and Venice’s Regatta Storica, a traditional boating pageant held on the first Sunday in September, is also free to attend.

Many of the smaller towns in Italy are the place to be for a ‘festa’ as the whole town takes part and often include processions with people dressed in period costume, contests between neighborhoods of the town, flag throwers, food, and fireworks.

Check out some more Italy festivals:

  • Il Carnivale di Venezia

An iconic winter festival in Italy. The city becomes an enormous costume ball from mid-January to mid-February.

  • Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato

A prestigious annual craft fair in Florence which shows a wide range of Tuscan, regional and foreign craftsmanship. Takes place between the beginning of March and end of April.

  • Laying out the Carpets

A fragant festival in Italy held May 30th. The Town of Camaiore, near Lucca, covers the streets with carpets of flower petals with religious themes.

  • Il Gioco del Ponte

Pisa neighbourhoods compete over the bridge in the heart of town. Held on the last Sunday in June.

  • Il Palio

A horse race in Siena that dates back to the 14th century. Ten bareback riders clash in a frenzied 90-second dash around the huge Piazza del Campo. Held 2 July and 16 August every year.

  • Turin Traffic Free Festival

The biggest free music festival in Italy; held in Turin usually in July.

  • Notte Rosa

Also known as ‘The Summer New Year’s Eve Party’ held on a given Saturday at the beginning of July every year all along the Adriatic Riviera. Towns such as Ravenna, Rimini, Riccione and Cattolica deck themselves out in pink lights, pink decorations, pink hot-air balloons and there are also free open-air concerts featuring some of the best Italian artists.

  • Ravello Festival

Summer festival of classical music and jazz held annually between June and mid-September in the town of Ravello.

(Photo by heatherbroster)