La Bruna (Umbria): Festa Della Battitura

Zona Impianti Sportivi Pierantonio, Umbria, Italy

Italians love a reason to party and this is evident in their festas celebrating the most obscure of objects, like in the small town Pierantonio, where they celebrate the Battitura. This is the farming machine that cuts and collects hay. You can find these machines in mid to late June moving through golden shimmering fields. They honor this machine for ...


Umbria: Assisi Lavender Festival

Castelnuovo di Assisi Via dei Laghetti 15 , Castelnuovo di Assisi, Italy

A wonderful celebration in Umbria to mark the seasonal blossoming of fragrant lavender on the fields of Lavandeto di Assisi, a garden and breeding ground famous for its vast and varied collection of lavender plants. Threads and materials of many colors can be produced from the plants, and during the festival there will be basket making courses and a small ...


Spoleto (Perugia): Two Worlds Festival

Unnamed Venue Spoleto, Italy

The Two Worlds Festival of opera and art in Spoleto hosts quality classical music performances, ballet, theatre, and art exhibits all over the town. The festival's original organizer, Gian Carlo Menotti, intended for the festival to showcase American and Italian worlds coming together through art, dance, and music. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues ...


Perugia: Umbria Jazz Festival

Unnamed Venue Piazza Danti 28, Perugia, Italy

Jazz lovers from all over the world converge on the city of Perugia, in Umbria, for performances, seminars and workshops at one of Europe's best-known jazz festivals and by renowned musicians. This is an event not to miss for jazz lovers! Ticket prices vary by performance. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since ...


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. ...



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. Note: Dates have not been confirmed; please check the event ...



Cannara: Onion Festival

Cannara Cannara, Perugia, Italy

Cannara, in Umbria, welcomes people to their onion festival! The perfectly sweet onions typical of Cannara are of the red, gold and borrettana varieties. For two weekends in a row locals and tourists can celebrate by partaking in the eating of specialty dishes involving the beloved vegetable. Note: Dates have not yet been confirmed; Please visit event website for updates. ...


Gubbio (Umbria): Lighting of the World’s Largest Christmas Tree

Gubbio Umbria, Italy

Gubbio kicks off the Christmas season and keeps it going with the lighting of the world's largest Christmas Tree (first recorded in 1991 in the Guinness Book of Records). This charming medieval town on Mount Ingino in Umbria is home to the light installation for nearly the entire month of December and into the first week of January. Quite a ...



Gubbio (Umbria): Corso dei Ceri (Running of the Candles)

Unnamed Venue Gubbio, Italy

One of Italy's oldest and weirdest traditions, Corso dei Ceri, or "Running of the Candles," takes place once a year on May 15th in the picturesque Umbrian town of Gubbio. Three "candles" (actually 30 foot-high wooden pillars) crowned with statues of saints are paraded around the town by "ceraiuoli" and then run up the streets of Gubbio to the Basilica of ...