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April 2019

Rome: 100 Painters on Via Margutta

April 26 - May 1
Unnamed Venue, Via Margutta
Rome, Italy
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100 Painters on Via Margutta is an event held twice a year that features the work of 100 local and international artists on Rome's Via Margutta, a street famous for inspiring painters, sculptors, artisans, poets and musicians. Note: dates have not been confirmed; please check the 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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June 2019

Strawberry Festival in Rome

June 2
Nemi Rome, Lazio Italy + Google Map
Free

The Strawberry Festival in Nemi is celebrating its 86th anniversary. Located on the outskirts of Rome, this lovely little town sits next to Lake Albano. The event kicks off with the holy mass at the Santuario di Santissimo Crocifisso, and later continues with the parade through the town where le fragolare dance in their traditional costume (long red skirt, white blouse, and black bodice) and carrying baskets of strawberries. Before wrapping up the evening with literal fireworks, visitors are treated…

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Rome: Fantafestival

June 10 - June 16
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 10 of June, repeating indefinitely

Rome's Fantafestival is dedicated to fantastic and horror cinema. The location at Multisala Barberini is confirmed and so are the "Golden Bats" for the best picture and short in both the Italian and international categories. There will once again be the Z-Day, with a zombie-walk along the streets of Rome. Note: Dates have not been confirmed; please check the official event website for updates. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since 2002.…

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Rome: Negroni Week

June 21 - June 23

This weekend the world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the oh-so popular cocktail, the Negroni invented in 1919. Various bars throughout Italy will be partaking in the celebration of this classic aperitivo drink, including the Meccanismo Bar & Bistro and the Jerry Thomas Speakeasy - whose top-notch drinks have lead it to land a place on the list of "The World's 50 Best Bars" for over four years. These are just some of the venues in la bella Città Eterna aka…

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Genzano (Rome): Flower Festival

June 21 - June 23
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 21 of June, repeating indefinitely

Genzano, Via Italo Belardi Rome Italy + Google Map

The people in the town of Genzano, to the south of Rome, are gathering for the annual infiorata, a three-day flower festival that coincides with the religious holiday of Corpus Christi, aka Corpus Domini, 60 days after Easter. The tradition, celebrated since 1778, calls for a rug made entirely of flowers and flower petals that covers over 20,000 squared feet. This year's guest artist is a Roman-born sculptor by the name of Lorenzo Quinn, son of famous Hollywood actor, Anthony…

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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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Rome: Miracle of the Madonna of the Snow

August 5 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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An event every year that begins at 7:00 am on day 5 of August, repeating indefinitely

Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, 42
Rome, Italy
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According to legend, in 352 AD, a rich and bored Roman gentleman experienced a vivid dream in which the Virgin Mary told him that a certain hill in Rome would be covered in snow in the morning, and that he should then use his money to build a church on that site. Being that Rome was deep in a steamy summer in the beginning of August, the gentleman didn't think much of this prophecy, but decided to test it out…

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Rome: Feast of San Lorenzo

August 10
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 10 of August, repeating indefinitely

Basilica di San Lorenzo, Via Tiburtina
Rome, Italy
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The martyrdom of San Lorenzo is celebrated in Rome with fireworks and celebrations throughout the area around his crypt on the Via Tiburtina, where he was killed in 258 AD. The patron saint of librarians, firemen, bakers, and other professions whose jobs involve fire and roasting, San Lorenzo's association with such incendiary professions is certainly a disturbing one -- His martyrdom is said to have occurred by slowly being roasted on a gridiron by the troops of the Emperor, and,…

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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

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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September 2019

Viterbo: Festa di Santa Rosa

September 3
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 3 of September, repeating indefinitely

Unnamed Venue Viterbo, Italy + Google Map
Free

If you happen to be in Rome on the third day of September, catch the train to Viterbo for the Festa di Santa Rosa, the festival of the city's patron saint. Thousands flock to see one hundred facchini, or strongmen, carry a 90-foot tall, four-ton macchina - an obelisk-shaped statue - of the Santa Rosa through the winding streets of the city. The tradition began hundreds of years ago, with the statue becoming progressively larger and heavier until the 19th…

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