2015 Italian Festivals & Events

January 21, 2015
Italian Events 2015

Italy has a long history of religious and cultural celebrations nationally and by region. Italian Carnivals have their foundations in ancient traditions and are well-known internationally, drawing thousands of visitors from around the world annually. Whilst there are too many to mention here, it is worth noting some of the better known Italian festivals and events in the year for best travel planning.  Don’t forget to also check regional event calendars before you travel - to avoid: crowds, public holiday closures, accommodation blackouts and higher prices…and missing out on some of the best Italian experiences available!


Venice Carnival /Carnevale di Venezia - 6 to 18 February 2015

The Carnival of Venice kicks off the Italian Festival 
year running throughout February in 2015. 

For more information on Venice Carnival 2015 visit: http://www.italia.it/en/news/detail/carnevale-di-venezia-2015-1.html?cHash=f31c9c5102e07602179d65857be6f5dd
For more Italian Festivals in February visit http://bit.ly/Italian_Carnivals

Milan Fashion Week (Autumn/Winter 2015) - 25 February to 3 March


Easter or Pasqua


3 to 6 April 2015 


Religious parades and celebrations are held all over Italy and a statue of Jesus or his mother Mary is carried in street processions that involve large crowds. Easter meals vary but include Easter pie, lamb and eggs which symbolize fertility, renewal and life. 

The public holiday period around Pasqua is an opportunity for Italians to get away and together with family and friends and to also celebrate the beginning of Spring (and hopefully warmer whether) so be aware that shops and restaurants may be closed and seaside and countryside destinations can get busy. 

For more information visit http://www.italia.it/en/travel-ideas/religion-and-spirituality/italys-easter-celebrations.html


Milan Expo 2015 - 1 May to 31 October

From 1 Maggio (May) – 31 Ottobre (October) Milan, in Italy’s north, will host the 2015 Universal Exposition (or Expo), bringing people of the world together every 5 years around a theme of global importance.
The theme of Expo Milano 2015, ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ will offer visitors a journey around the world through the cultures, histories and innovations of over 140 participating countries. 

For more information or to buy tickets online visit:  http://www.expo2015.org/en/index.html

Verona Opera Season - 19 June to 6 September 2015

Verona,  in Italy's Veneto region in the north, is worth visiting all year round but particularly during the famous Opera season. CIT can arrange both opera tickets and accommodation during this season.


Umbrian Jazz Festival - 10 to 19 Lulio (July) 2015

If you like jazz then
Umbria is the place to be. The Umbria Jazz Festival is one of the world’s most important jazz festivals and has been held annually since 1973, usually in the month of July, in Perugia, Umbria in central Italy.  The Umbria Jazz Winter Festival takes place annually in late December to early January in the city of Orvieto. In 2015, artists Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga will perform. For more information visit: http://www.umbriajazz.com

Palio di Siena (Tuscany) - 2 July & 16 August

A horse race, known locally as Il Palio, held twice each year in Siena in central Italy. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards. The Palio held on July 2 is named Palio di Provenzano, in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, who has a church in Siena. The Palio held on August 16 is named Palio dell'Assunta, in honour of the Assumption of Mary. A pageant, the Corteo Storico, precedes the race, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world.

The race itself, where jockeys ride bareback, circles the Piazza del Campo, on which a thick layer of dirt has been laid, three times and usually lasts no more than 90 seconds. It is common for a few of the jockeys to be thrown off their horses while making the treacherous turns in the piazza, and it is usual to see unmounted horses finishing the race without their jockeys. (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palio_di_Siena)

 - 15 August

An Italian public holiday celebrated on 15 August throughout Italy.  Read more about Ferragosto and Italian summers on the CIT Travel blog


Milan Fashion Week (Spring/Summer 2016) - 23 to 29 September


EuroChocolate - 16 to 25 October 2015

EuroChocolate is an annual chocolate festival that takes place in Perugia, the capital of the Umbria region in central Italy. The festival has been held since 1993 and is one of the largest chocolate festivals in Europe. EuroChocolate draws nearly one million tourists and Italian natives each year. It lasts for nine days and is located in the squares and areas across the medieval old town of Perugia. 
Italy's most well-known chocolate company Perugina (now belonging to Nestlé), known for their Baci chocolate, is represented along with a number of other brands such as Lindt and Caffarel.
EuroChocolate has extended to other Italian cities such as Rome and Turin.


Natale (Christmas) 
Celebrations kick off from 8 December when Italians traditionally put up Christmas trees and decorations and Christmas markets begin. For more information on ‘how Italians celebrate Christmas’ – visit CIT Travel blog 


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