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April 2019

Gelato Festival

April 21 - September 4
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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 Torino. Note: Dates have not…

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May 2019

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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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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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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Milan: Celebration of the Holy Nail

September 14
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 14 of September, repeating indefinitely

Il Duomo, Piazza del Duomo
Milan, Italy
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The Holy Nail allegedly was taken from the cross used to crucify Jesus, and during this celebration, Milan's archbishop ascends toward the ceiling of the Duomo in a rickety mechanical basket to uplift the relic, and then brings it back down for the crowd to admire. Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel Publication. Get Insider Help Planning Your Trip to Italy.

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Venice: Yoga Festival

September 21 @ 8:00 am - September 22 @ 5:00 pm
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This festival offers free classes for yoga novices as well as events for those who are well-schooled in various yoga techniques. The festival is also held in Milan. Note: dates have not been confirmed. 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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Milan Film Festival

September 27 - October 7

The Milan Film Festival has established a reputation as a place where emerging directors and filmmakers can be "discovered." The festival features short and long films of varying genres at theatres around Milan. Note: Dates have not been confirmed; please check the official event website for updates. Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel Publication. Get Insider Help Planning Your Trip to Italy.

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October 2019

Milan: Celtic New Year

October 26 @ 8:00 am - October 28 @ 5:00 pm
Castello Sforzesco, Piazza Castello
Milan, Italy
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Milan's Celtic New Year festival, held in Castello Sforzesco, is one of the largest European festivals of its kind. Visitors can enjoy music, dancing and battles reenacting medieval life in Europe. Dates have not been confirmed, please check the website for updates. Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel Publication. Get Insider Help Planning Your Trip to Italy.  

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January 2020

Milan: La Befana Benifica

January 6, 2020
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 6 of January, repeating indefinitely

Duomo Milan, Italy + Google Map

Every year on the Epiphany, Italian motorcyclists gather for La Befana Benifica, a motorcycle procession for charity led by La Befana, the Epiphany witch. Beginning at the Duomo, motorcyclists hear a speech from the mayor and are blessed by the Bishop of Milan. The procession then continues to deliver items like food and gifts to charity centers, shelters and retirement homes around Milan. Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel Publication. Get Insider Help Planning Your Trip to Italy.

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