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December 2016

Throughout Italy: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2016
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December 8 is an Italian and Catholic holiday: the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Cities throughout Italy celebrate with special masses, parades, and music. Many stores remain open for holiday shopping. Get your FREE copy of Dream of Italy's Christmas in Italy Guide

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Throughout Italy: Santa Lucia Day

December 13, 2016
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Cities throughout Italy celebrate Santa Lucia Day on December 13. Sicily hosts an especially large parade on December 13, bringing Santa Lucia's coffin to the Church of Santa Lucia. Another parade is held on December 20 to bring her back to the church's crypt. Get your FREE copy of Dream of Italy's Christmas in Italy Guide

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July 2018

Matera (Basilicata): Feast of Madonna della Bruna

July 2, 2018 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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An event every year that begins at 6:00 am on day 2 of July, repeating indefinitely

Unnamed Venue Matera, Italy + Google Map
Free

On July 2nd, the intriguing town of Matera, where cave dwellings (sassi) give off an ancient air, hosts the feast of the Madonna della Bruna in homage to the city's patron saint. The feast is centuries old, and commences at dawn with a shepherds procession to awaken the ancient quarters of town. A statue of the Holy Mother, the Madonna della Bruna, is carried through the streets and in accordance with ancient tradition onlookers attack the figure, destroying it in a grand finale complete with fireworks above the sassi, an UNESCO World Heritage site. The…

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August 2018

Ferragosto

August 15, 2018 - August 29, 2018
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 15 of August, repeating indefinitely

It's the summer and in August many Italians are looking forward to Ferragosto which starts on August 15th. It's known as a two-week vacation period with roots in ancient Rome. When Emperor Augustus invented the feriae Augusti to mark the end harvest he also made it a moment that signified a period of well-deserved rest. Later, during the fascist regime, this time of the year was used to promote travel within the country, including discounts on train voyages to see all…

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January 2019

Matera: European Capital of Culture

January 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Matera Matera, Italy + Google Map
Free

Matera has been named Europe's Capital of Culture for 2019, and will celebrate with events all year long. Visitors can engage in an interactive experience by using their own phones as they are lead through the exhibit with a chatbot created by Martel.IA, they can also participate in a two-day L.A.R.P. event, take part in a community seeding workshop that promotes sustainability and even enjoy live dance performances from renowned choreographers such as Maria Hassabi. Dream of Italy is a…

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May 2019

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Italy

May 16, 2019 - September 29, 2019
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on of September, repeating indefinitely

Unnamed Venue Bologna, Italy + Google Map
15€

Lace up those running shoes, get that last swig of water and be sure to get a good stretch in; the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is on its 21st anniversary this year. The Italian branch of the organization hosts a series of events and workshops promoting good health and exercise leading up to a big race in efforts to raise money for the Foundation and breast cancer research. The event takes place in various cities in Italy…

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August 2019

Ferragosto

August 15, 2019 - August 29, 2019
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 15 of August, repeating indefinitely

It's the summer and in August many Italians are looking forward to Ferragosto which starts on August 15th. It's known as a two-week vacation period with roots in ancient Rome. When Emperor Augustus invented the feriae Augusti to mark the end harvest he also made it a moment that signified a period of well-deserved rest. Later, during the fascist regime, this time of the year was used to promote travel within the country, including discounts on train voyages to see all…

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September 2019

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Italy

September 16, 2019 - January 30, 2020
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 16 of September, repeating indefinitely

Unnamed Venue Bologna, Italy + Google Map
15€

Lace up those running shoes, get that last swig of water and be sure to get a good stretch in; the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is on its 21st anniversary this year. The Italian branch of the organization hosts a series of events and workshops promoting good health and exercise leading up to a big race in efforts to raise money for the Foundation and breast cancer research. The event takes place in various cities in Italy…

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European Heritage Days

September 21, 2019 - September 22, 2019
Free

European Heritage Days began in France in 1954 as a way to celebrate the European continent. Celebrations are arranged across Italy, with different themes for each country every year. Free admission to museums, archaeological sites, concerts and theater invite Europeans and visitors to discover the heritage and culture of Italy. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since 2002. Get a free issue to see what we are all about. Join now to…

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August 2020

Ferragosto

August 15 - August 29
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 15 of August, repeating indefinitely

It's the summer and in August many Italians are looking forward to Ferragosto which starts on August 15th. It's known as a two-week vacation period with roots in ancient Rome. When Emperor Augustus invented the feriae Augusti to mark the end harvest he also made it a moment that signified a period of well-deserved rest. Later, during the fascist regime, this time of the year was used to promote travel within the country, including discounts on train voyages to see all…

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