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The birthday of Rome will be celebrated on the 21st of April, this year the city will be 2774 years old! Legend says that Romulus & Remus founded the city
The birthday of Rome will be celebrated on the 21st of April, this year the city will be 2774 years old! Legend says that Romulus & Remus founded the city of Rome in 753 BC on a small hill near current Rome. After that the city quickly evolved into the famous capital of the Roman Empire, this date has been celebrated ever since.
These days the annual celebration of the birthday of Rome is still a big event. You can enjoy impressive parades, historical shows, and FREE entrance to the museums.
One of the events during the birthday of Rome is a beauty contest to become Rome’s Goddess of the year. But the main event is a historical parade. From all over Europe people will come to re-enact and dress like historical Romans to put on an incredible show. The parade ends with spectacular gladiator performances.
It is not all about parades and Roman characters. During the festivities ‘old’ Roman dishes, like stews and veal, are served around the city. You can find most of the events around the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
The Flower Festival in Noto is called Inforiata in Italian. Inforiata festivals are held throughout Italy, but the one in Noto on Sicily is one of the best. That is
The Flower Festival in Noto is called Inforiata in Italian. Inforiata festivals are held throughout Italy, but the one in Noto on Sicily is one of the best. That is because the flower designs in the streets are the most elaborate and the surrounding activities plentiful.
The Flower Festival in Noto is an annual event held in the third week of May. A couple of months before the festival they will choose a theme, so the artists can start working on their designs. On Friday evening they will start making the outlines of their designs which they will fill with thousands of flower petals during the night.
By Saturday morning the streets of Noto are filled with a carpet of colorful and aromatic flowers with intricate designs. But that’s not all. There are plenty of other activities like exhibitions, food- and wine tasting, guided tours, and concerts.
One of the highlights of the festival is the baroque historical parade. This parade is a display of the long history of the town. It is held on Sunday around 5 pm.
may 14 (Friday) - 16 (Sunday)
Via Corrado Nicolaci 20, 96017
The festival of San Giovanni in Florence is better known as Festa di San Giovanni Florence. This annual celebration is held in honor of Florence’s patron, San Giovanni. This celebration
The festival of San Giovanni in Florence is better known as Festa di San Giovanni Florence. This annual celebration is held in honor of Florence’s patron, San Giovanni. This celebration takes place on the 24th of June.
San Giovanni Battista or St. John the Baptist represents morality and fairness for the people of Florence. That’s why you will find his statues and paintings all over the city. Furthermore, one of these pictures is from the hand of the renowned painter Raffaello.
The city started to celebrate its patron in the 13th century and is held ever since. So, these festivities start with a morning mass. After that, a wide variety of activities will take place, for example, soccer games, boat rides, historical parades, and fireworks.
And around 10 or 11 pm the festival will come to an end with some spectacular fireworks. This will take place on the Pizzale Michelangelo where you can also watch them. However, it might be even better to enjoy them from the streets along the river Arno. Here they even sell beverages and food here.
All Day (Thursday)
Piazza del Duomo 9, 50122, Firenze
The Celebration of the Madonna Bruna in Matera is a religious festival that takes place every year on the 2nd of July in Italy. The ‘Festa della Madonna Bruna
The Celebration of the Madonna Bruna in Matera is a religious festival that takes place every year on the 2nd of July in Italy. The ‘Festa della Madonna Bruna Matera’ is held to show devotion and dedication to the brown-faced Madonna. These festivities originated over 600 years ago.
They also call this event ‘the longest day’ because it will start early in the morning and end late at night. They will start out the day with a procession of shepherds and end the day with spectacular fireworks.
An essential element of the day is the chart with the image of the ‘brown’ Madonna. Local artists will start building the chart months before the final procession. The chart is made of papier-mâché and is an impressive work of art with the image of the Madonna in the middle.
Meanwhile, there will be parades all around the city involving historical characters and horsemen. At the end of the day, the chart with the Madonna arrives at the main square. To end the day, you can enjoy some awesome fireworks.
All Day (Friday)
Via San Biaggio 8, 751100, Matera MT
The paper lantern festival is also known as ‘Festa Della Rificolon’ and will be held in Florence, Italy. This is an annual event to celebrate the birth of the
The paper lantern festival is also known as ‘Festa Della Rificolon’ and will be held in Florence, Italy. This is an annual event to celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary on the 7th of September.
The paper lantern festival in Florence originated in the 17th century. This is when farmers would head to the basilica of Santissima Annunziata in Florence to commemorate the birthday of the Virgin Mary. They would start walking before dawn and used paper lanterns to light their path to the basilica. Once they arrived at the basilica, they would pray and offer the fruits of their harvest.
This tradition still exists today. A week before the event there are workshops where they learn the children to make the most elaborate, colorful, and beautiful shaped lanterns from papier-mâché. The parade starts at 8 pm at the Santa Felicita square. While the children, parents, and visitors walk with their brightly colored lanterns to the basilica they sing a song. It goes like this, ‘Ona Ona Ona ma che bella rificolona’ and is about the beautiful lanterns.
If you want to visit the paper lantern festival in Florence read this article to learn more, and check our guide ‘Best Time to Visit Italy‘. Or, read our article about other festivals in Italy and see where else you can go.
All Day (Tuesday)
Piazza del Duomo 9, 50122, Firenze
The Cous Cous Fest in Sicily is an annual food festival which is held in the small seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo. When you think of Cous
The Cous Cous Fest in Sicily is an annual food festival which is held in the small seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo. When you think of Cous Cous, Italy is not the first to come to mind. But Cous Cous is actually a local dish of San Vito Lo Capo and traditionally served with fish.
The festival will be held every year at the end of September. It is one of the most popular festivals of Sicily with over 250.000 visitors every year. During 10 days there will be music, markets, talk shows, a food market, food tasting and entertainment for children.
One of the most important parts of the festival is the cooking competition. In this competition, nine chefs from nine different countries will compete against each other to become the best Cous Cous chef of the festival. The winner will be selected by the public and a professional jury.
During the ten days, you can try a different style of Cous Cous every day at the Gastronomic Village. There will be various types of Cous Cous from all over the world.
september 17 (Friday) - 26 (Sunday)
San Vito Lo Capo
Piazza Santuario, 91010, San Vito Lo Capo TP, Italia
Mangialonga Lunigiana food festival means literally ‘long eating’ in Lunigiana. It is a festival to celebrate the harvest at the beginning of Spring. The north of Tuscany is known for
Mangialonga Lunigiana food festival means literally ‘long eating’ in Lunigiana. It is a festival to celebrate the harvest at the beginning of Spring. The north of Tuscany is known for its food festivals in every season. They hold these festivals to come together and enjoy the harvest of that season.
The Mangialonga in Lunigiana is also called Mangiawalking. This walk is around 12 km long. And while walking along the route you will pass different places to eat. Here they will offer you local food in a small and homey setting. It is a great way to explore the area and get to know the local people.
While enjoying the scenery of rolling hills and small picturesque villages you will taste a variety of the best local dishes like bruschetta’s, sweats with honey, cheeses, pasta’s, biscotti, macadamia nuts, and others. For the adults, there is Grappa and Italian Brandy, while the children can drink fruit juice.
You pay a fixed price per person to enjoy all these delicious local delicacies, for children under 6 years old it is free to participate. The event will start in the morning and end when everybody is full and ready to go home.
All Day (Thursday)
Via S. Genecio 33