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April 2019

Gelato Festival

April 21 - September 4
5€

The Gelato Festival is on tour just in time for the summer heat, stopping in 12 Italian cities between now and October. Guests will be able to watch gelato makers at work, taste and vote for their favorite flavors, and sample a special flavor in each city, including Nutella and a mango-kiwi-strawberry combination. There will also be opportunities to learn how gelato is produced and participate in gelato-making classes. Locations include Rome, Naples, Florence and Turin. Note: Dates have not…

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May 2019

Florence: Estate Fiorentina

May 1 @ 8:00 am - October 31 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every year that begins at 8:00 am on day 1 of May, repeating indefinitely

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Summer lasts into October at Florence's annual summer festival. The festivities include La Maggiolata a celebration of the month of May (maggio in Italian), outdoor cinema, a rooftop music festival, jazz music, il Palio di Santo Stefano in Pane which is a Renaissance fair, and much more. 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 access them all.…

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June 2019

Fiesole: Estate Fiesolana

June 20 - August 19
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Teatro Romano di Fiesole, Via Portigiani 1
Fiesole, Firenze 50014F Italy
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The city of Fiesole is celebrating their 72nd annual summer concert festival with a mix of Jazz concerts, theater, talks, and dance events throughout June and August. Located just on the outskirts of Florence and only a 10 minute train ride away, this charming hillside offers a gorgeous panoramic view of the Historic Center all while enjoying a rich cultural experience. Note: Pricing of events may vary; please check the event website for further information. Dream of Italy is a…

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Florence Youth Festival

June 29 @ 5:00 pm - August 5 @ 5:00 pm
Loggia dei Lanzi, Piazza Della Signoria
Florence, Italy
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Free

Youth orchestras from around the world will perform concerts at venues throughout Florence. While the main festival venue is set at Florence's Loggia dei Lanzi (near the Ponte Vecchio), other performances will be held throughout Florence and surrounding areas in Tuscany, including in the extraordinary Chiesa di San Stefano al Ponte. Note: Dates have not been confirmed, please check online for updates. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since 2002. Get a free issue to…

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August 2019

Goblets of Stars

August 2 - August 11

Goblets of Stars (Calici di Stelle) is a wine event held annually across Italy on the night of and the week leading up to the Feast of San Lorenzo, a night that is historically lit up with shooting stars, interpreted as the tears of San Lorenzo. Evening concerts, parades, and events celebrating wine are held in piazzas across the country. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since 2002. Get a free issue…

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Ferragosto

August 15 - August 29
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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 the 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…

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Florence: New Generation Festival

August 28 @ 8:00 am - August 31 @ 5:00 pm
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Palazzo Corsini, Via della Lungara, 10
Florence, Italy
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Every year the New Generation Festival brings together all genres, from opera to jazz to pop, highlighting young musicians. The performances are held inside the giardino Corsini (garden) in Palazzo dei Corsini, a 17th century palace in Florence that has been home to many from the Ardinghelli to the Medici. 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 access…

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September 2019

European Heritage Days

September 1

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. Please check the event website for updated dates Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since 2002. Get a free issue to see…

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Florence: Rificolona (Lantern Festival)

September 7 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Though the origin of this colorful celebration is disputed, many believe Rificolona began as a celebration on the eve of the Feast of the Madonna, the nativity of the virgin. Others affirm the holiday's roots are found deep within pagan tradition. In any case, Rificolona continues to be celebrated in Florence and other parts of Tuscany. Annually, children dressed in their nicest attire parade through the city while singing songs and brandishing colorful lanterns on sticks, rificolone. Note: Dates have…

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Florence: Ethnomusic Film Festival

September 26 - September 29
Cinema La Compagnia, Via Camillo Cavour 50/R
Florence, Tuscany 50121 Italy
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€7

Part of Mediateca Toscana's 50 Days of International Film in Florence, all events for the Ethnomusic Film Festival take place this year at the Cinema La Compagnia. This is the largest film festival of its kind in Italy. Events feature writers, directors, filmmakers and actors. Note: The price of one ticket is valid for one of the two viewing sessions: afternoon at 5pm or evening at 9pm; a ticket for both viewing sessions is available for 10€. Dream of Italy…

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