Venice: Rowing Lesson Through the Canals

Venice Fondamenta Gasparo Contarini, Venice, Veneto

Enjoying a gondola ride through the Venice canals is quite the experience, but have you ever wanted to commandeer one yourself? Treat yourself with a rowing lesson with Row Venice called vogata di sera. During the lesson you can learn the Venetian style of rowing — standing up and facing forward. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning ...


Perugia: Eurochocolate Festival

Unnamed Venue Perugia

For the chocolate lover in all of us...For nine days Perugia, the capital of the region of Umbria, transforms itself for the occasion in a huge open-air chocolate store. Enjoy chocolate everything -- even pasta -- in a fair set up in the streets of the city center. This event is free. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel ...


Florence Half Marathon

Florence Florence

If you've ever wanted to run past the Duomo, this half marathon is for you. There's also an 8km race and a charity walk for non-runners.

Milan City Marathon

Unnamed Venue Milan

The Milan Marathon attracts 20,000 runners and follows a course past the city's most notable monuments, including the Duomo, Castello Sforzesco, and Teatro alla Scala. Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel Publication. Get Insider Help Planning Your Trip to Italy.


Verona: Vinitaly Wine Fair

Veronafiere Viale del Lavoro, 8, Verona

One of the largest wine events of the year takes over the center of Verona for four days in April.  Both trade fair (with 150,000 international operators looking to connect with wineries for distribution and sale) and retail event (lots of tastings open to the public, gala dinners and activities), Vinitaly is a mecca for devotees of the vine. Access ...

Sicily: Easter in Palermo

Unnamed Venue Palermo

Easter in Palermo is a vibrant and colorful celebration, with reenactments of religious events, a procession of a statue of Christ on Good Friday, and a recreation of the Last Supper on Easter Sunday. Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel Publication. Get Insider Help Planning Your Trip to Italy.

Bitetto (Bari): Medieval Market

Unnamed Venue Bitetto

During the third weekend in April, the town of Bitetto transforms into an authentic medieval market. Vendors dress up in elaborate medieval costumes and set up stalls using only materials that would have been common in medieval times, such as wood. Items for sale are inspected to ensure their medieval authenticity, and include handmade crafts and food. The parade includes ...

Lariofiere (Como): Agrinatura

Unnamed Venue Lariofiere

Agrinatura constructs rural villages in the town of Lariofiere in order to give the public a taste of country life. The festival, dedicated to health and nature, includes animal shows, artisan demonstrations, food tasting, and children's events. Note: Dates have not been announced; keep an eye on the event website for updated information. Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel ...


Festa della Liberazione: Italian Liberation Day

On April 25, 1945, Italy was liberated from the grip of Mussolini and the German-Fascist regime. The country celebrates this historic day with parades, ceremonies, and speeches. Rome, as the capital, enjoys the biggest celebrations, including a visit by the President to the Ardeatine Caves Mausoleum, where the Nazis massacred 335 Romans in 1944. Dream of Italy is a membership ...


Franciacorta Summer Festival on the Road

Franciacorta Lombardy

This 4-month long festival takes place from May to September and invites guests to explore the vineyards and towns of the northern region of Lombardy has to offer. The festival celebrating Franciacorta, which some regard as Italy's finest sparkling wine, is pulling out all the stops with various events celebrating the food, wine, sports, nature and art of the region. ...