National holidays Italy

The Italians celebrate Christmas and New Year with great joy. There are hundreds of festivals that are held every year in almost every town in Italy. Holidays and festivals are a big part of life in Italy.

Bright and colorful festivals in Italy throughout the year, attract a significant number of tourists.They even participate.

Various carnivals, food and wine tastings, jazz, football, everything is a celebration. In Italy even hosts a number of international events such as film festivals, dance festivals and art festivals.

In cities and towns across the country, to the beginning of the religious period of lent, usually in early February to early March, celebrate carnivals.

Well known is the Venetian carnival, which takes place in the city within ten days.

The Venetian carnival is the greatest festival of Italy, which annually attracts thousands of participants and spectators from different countries. The Venetian carnival is one of the oldest carnivals in the world: he was born during the middle Ages, when the total duration of any holidays was a few months a year. Spiritual parents of this magnificent event can be considered a Venetian aristocrats who invented it in order to justify their desire to flaunt in front of each other in unusual costumes and masks.

The new Year is not less than favorite holiday of the Italians. Italian kids look forward to the good Fairy Befana . According to tradition she arrives at night on a magic broomstick, opens the door for the little Golden key and entered the room where children sleep, filled with baby gifts stockings, specially hanging from the fireplace. Someone who was a bad student or naughty, Befana leaves a pinch of ash or ember.

Babb Natale Italian Santa Claus, who lives on the peaks of the Alps and Dolomites, interspersed with upland areas, which are scattered a fabulous old towns, decorated with scalloped lace medieval castles and spires, Church belfries.


April 25 (Day of liberation from fascism)

1 may (labour Day)

15 August (assumption of Mary)

November 1 (all saints Day)

December 8 (Day of the immaculate conception of the virgin Mary)

December 25 (Christmas)

December 26 (the Day of St. Stephen)

In Italy also abound festivals dedicated to local saints:

Venice – April 25 (St. mark)

Florence, Genoa and Turin – June 24 (St. John the Baptist)

Rome – June 26 (St. Peter and Paul)

Palermo – July 15 (Santa Rosalia)

Naples – September 19 (St. Januarius)

Bologna – October 14 (St. Petronio)

Cagliari – October 30 (the Holy Saturnia)

Trieste – November 3 (St. Giusto)

Bari – b December (St. Nicholas)

Milan – December 7 (St. Ambrose)

Religious holidays

Holy Week procession is an event taking place during the week, most often in countries with traditional Roman Catholic culture. In Rome on Good Friday, when the Pope leads a procession past the Coliseum and the Roman Forum, up until the ancient Palatine hill. Then on Easter Sunday the Pope give his blessing to the crowd from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.

The Easter holidays are also part of the Italian holidays; typical spring rate includes lambs and a lot of sweet breads, cakes and special candies.

Food festival

Winter festival:

Holiday Star: Big star burns above aslami in procession through the streets of Sabbio Chiesa near Brescia, in Lombardy. Everyone has gifts mostly cheese, wine and sausage, which are consumed on a large dinner.

Epiphany: There are many festivals and special food products for the Baptism. In Veneto, everyone eats pinza de La Marantega, sweet bread with corn flour, white wheat flour, dried figs, anise seeds and candied fruit. In the town of Andreis in the near Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia is celebrated with bread and wine. All drinks, local wine and eat special rice and raisins, bread baked in the ovens.

Sagra della Luganighe: Cannobio near Novara in Piedmont, February brings the celebration luganiga, kind of sausage, celebrated with heaps of cooked sausages, potatoes and cabbage.

Festa dei San Antonio: near Volongo of Cremona in Lombardy, young people collect wood to create costra sixty feet high burn the old witch made of straw, which represents winter. Everyone eats cake Fool, or a hard cake, cornmeal and spices.

Spring festival:

The feast of the cherry blossoms in early April in Vignola near Modena in Emilia-Romagna.

Sagra dei Garagoi: Marotta near Pesaro in the marches, you will find a sagra, or sea snails. They are cooked in a tomato sauce with lots of pepper. Locals say it’s best to eat them taking a SIP of wine for every seven snails. Naturally, only local wines, such as Bianchello and Verdicchio from Colli Pesaresi.

Sagra dei Gnocchi: More than a thousand and four hundred pounds of potatoes prepared for this holiday on near Teolo Padova, and everyone eats potato dumplings.

Sagra della Pie Fritta: This fair in honor of small fried bread is held in Fontanelice near Bologna.

Sagra dello Stoccafisso: fair stockfish takes place in a near Melazzo Alessandria in Piedmont. Five chefs prepare a huge amount of dried fish with tomato sauce, olives, anchovies, tuna, and garlic. To-day activities include a contest of throwing dried fish.

Sagra delBiscottofisso: This fair is held in Bomarzo near Viterbo in Lazio. Ring-shaped biscuits with anise dedicated to St. Anselm, the patron Saint of Bomarzo.

Sagra delle Uova Sode: to celebrate Easter. Competition eating eggs is the main event of this festival will be held in the near Tredozio Forli in Emilia-Romagna.

Sagra del Carciofo: Ladispoli held in Rome on the Piazza. At night there are fireworks.

Sagra del Pesce: held in Camogli near Genoa, in honor of the feast of San Fortunato, the patron Saint of fishermen.

Summer festival

Festa del Lambrusco: in July at Albinea in Emilia-Romagna. Sparkling, red wine, selected with gnocco fritto, or fried macaroni clubs the dough accompanied by prosciutto and salami and erbazzone, and delicious cake stuffed with greens, eggs and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Festa di Noiantri: held in Rome along the river Tiber. Noiantri means “we’re different,” which, as the inhabitants of the Bohemian Trastevere neighborhood think about yourself.

Campionato Nazionale Dei Mangiatori d Anguria: championship eating watermelon in Sissa near Parma.

Sagra delle Melanzane Ripiene goes Montanesi near Genoa on the feast of St. Rocco. Wine and cheese, stuffed eggplant.

Sagra del Pecorino: San Godenzo near Florence.

Sagra Dell Anguilla: Orbetello in Tuscany offer eel or fried, marinated and stuffed.

Autumn festival

La Vendemmia della Nonna: held every year in Castagnole Monferrato near Asti in Piedmont.

Sagra della Nocciola: performed in Castellero in Piedmont. An important event is a competition.

Sagra della Lepre: in Selvatelle near Pisa. Chefs cook in pots hare, roast Zaza, and Pappardelle with a sauce of hare. For those who didn’t want the hare, There are steaks on the grill, and roast pork.

Sarga Degli Stacchioddi: in Latiano, Puglia

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