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May 2019

Tarquinia (Lazio): Giostra delle Contrade

May 25 - June 3
Unnamed Venue Tarquinia, Italy + Google Map

The coastal town of Tarquinia hosts its annual Giostra delle Contrade, reenacting the knighting of three noble men, Cornetani Sante, Alessandro Vitelleschi, and Piergiovanni Paolo Sacchi, in 1452. Tarquinia celebrates the event with equestrian games, banquets, knights and dancing. Knights representing the seven districts of Tarquinia compete against each other and use lances to remove rings suspended from a statue, while riding full speed on horseback. Note: dates have not been confirmed; please check the event website for updates. Access…

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Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars)

May 25 @ 2:00 pm - May 26 @ 8:00 pm

Since 1993, vineyards all over Italy have opened their cellars on the last Sunday in May (or, in some regions, the first two days of June), encouraging direct contact with wine lovers. This year, the event will hold an Instagram contest with the theme of "See what you drink," rewarding the best shots that tell the wine pairing and territory. From tastings to tours in the vineyards, there will be many initiatives from the Alps to Mount Etna that will celebrate wine. Open…

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July 2019

Rome: The Cinema Isle

July 1 - August 31
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Throughout the summer, Rome’s Tiber Island hosts an open-air cinema festival for movie lovers. Performances, tastings and celebrity appearances can be expected besides the previews and blockbusters that are sure to be shown here along the Tiber River. Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel Publication. Get Insider Help Planning Your Trip to Italy.

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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.

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Civitavecchia (Lazio): Feast of the Sea (Il Padellone)

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

Unnamed Venue Civitavecchia, Italy + Google Map

Civitavecchia rings in the anniversary of its founding, as well as the defeat of the Saracens, in charming seaside style: A boat race, historical procession and a gastronomical fair featuring huge quantities of free seafood, and in particular, a gigantic Padellone -- a giant platter of fried fish that especially encapsulates the anniversary of the founding of the city. Other celebrations take place in Civitavecchia on the week before Il Padellone, but these events are not determined until very close to…

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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

Ferragosto begins on August 15 and spans a two-week period in which many professionals across Italy involved with tourism take a vacation. Restaurants and some shops are often closed during this time. In Rome, on the evening of August 15 (the Feast of the Assumption), le piazze are filled with the performances of professional dancers for the Gran Ballo di Ferragosto. Squares throughout the city are enlivened by performances of all walks of life, from tango to rock, hip-hop, ballroom dancing, and…

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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 Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel Publication Get Insider Help Planning Your Trip to Italy  

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August 2020

Civitavecchia (Lazio): Feast of the Sea (Il Padellone)

August 15, 2020
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 15 of August, repeating indefinitely

Unnamed Venue Civitavecchia, Italy + Google Map

Civitavecchia rings in the anniversary of its founding, as well as the defeat of the Saracens, in charming seaside style: A boat race, historical procession and a gastronomical fair featuring huge quantities of free seafood, and in particular, a gigantic Padellone -- a giant platter of fried fish that especially encapsulates the anniversary of the founding of the city. Other celebrations take place in Civitavecchia on the week before Il Padellone, but these events are not determined until very close to…

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Ferragosto

August 15, 2020 - August 29, 2020
|Recurring Event (See all)

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

Ferragosto begins on August 15 and spans a two-week period in which many professionals across Italy involved with tourism take a vacation. Restaurants and some shops are often closed during this time. In Rome, on the evening of August 15 (the Feast of the Assumption), le piazze are filled with the performances of professional dancers for the Gran Ballo di Ferragosto. Squares throughout the city are enlivened by performances of all walks of life, from tango to rock, hip-hop, ballroom dancing, and…

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