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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
The Eurochocolate Festival in Umbria is a mecca for everybody who loves delicious chocolate. This 10-day long festival is held in the historical center of Perugia in the Umbria region
The Eurochocolate Festival in Umbria is a mecca for everybody who loves delicious chocolate. This 10-day long festival is held in the historical center of Perugia in the Umbria region of Italy.
During this festival, you can enjoy a wide variety of activities and demonstrations. One of the most famous parts of the festival are the chocolate sculptures. The sculptures are made by artists who have been designing these structures for months. The results are giant elaborate chocolate sculptures that sometimes weigh more than 1000 kilos or 2200lb.
This event is a real treat for young and old. Not only can you enjoy the sculptures, but you can also learn more about chocolate as well. Take part in one of the practical workshops to learn how to make chocolate, bonbons, or chocolate cookies. Or treat your taste buds while attending a guided chocolate tasting event.
This festival is not only a tasty event, but there will also be parades. So if you are in the area, please visit this event to have a great time and taste some delicious chocolate.
If you want to visit this delicious Eurochocolate Festival you can check their website here. And after reading more information about this festival you might want to read more about traveling in Italy or other family-friendly events in Italy.
october 15 (Friday) - 24 (Sunday)
Corso Pietro Vannucci, 19, 06123 Perugia PG, Italy