Throughout Italy: San Martino in Cantina (Grape Harvest Festival)

One day a year during Saint Martin's week, the entire country of Italy comes together to celebrate the power, the intrigue, and the mystery of...the grape! At this national celebration, revelers welcome the happy harvest of the grape with the opening of 100 wine cellars for free tasting of the young wines by the public! This Novello (New) wine has a ...

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Throughout Italy: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Unnamed Venue Italy

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

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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Ferragosto

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 ...

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Siena: Il Palio di Provenzano

Piazza del Campo Siena

The perimeter of the main piazza in Siena is covered in a clay-sand mixture transforming the tiny town into a racetrack for this most famous of horse races. Dating back to 1310, tradition has it that jockeys chosen to represent 10 of the 17 districts of the city ride bareback on horses three times around the Piazza del Campo. Although ...

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Ferragosto

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 ...

Siena Jazz Festival

Unnamed Venue Siena

For two rhythmic weeks, the Siena Jazz Association hosts a summer series of concerts, jam sessions, meetings, competitions and international jazz courses throughout the city, including in the Logge del Papa. Note: Dates have not been confirmed; please visit the event website for updates. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since 2002. ...

Goblets of Stars

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

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 ...

European Heritage Days

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 ...

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