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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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Gubbio Crossbow Tournament

May 26
Piazza Grande, Piazza Grande
Gubbio, Italy
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Every May since 1594, on the last Sunday of the month, the towns of Gubbio and Sansepolcro have competed against each other with crossbows. A nod to Italy's medieval past, the competitors dress up in period costumes and battle to win a gold, silver, or bronze crossbow. Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel Publication. Get Insider Help Planning Your Trip to Italy.

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June 2019

Infiorate di Spello

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - June 23 @ 5:00 pm
Unnamed Venue Spello, Italy + Google Map
Free

For one weekend, the streets of the town of Spello are covered in huge carpets with intricate designs made out of only flowers and other organic elements. The floral tapestries, intended to honor the passage of the Body of Christ, wind through the streets of the old center of the village and brighten the city and attract thousands of visitors who come from all over to stroll along the flower-covered streets. The region's bishop leads a procession on Sunday morning, making his…

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La Bruna (Umbria): Festa Della Battitura

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - July 1 @ 12:00 am
Zona Impianti Sportivi Pierantonio, Umbria Italy + Google Map
Free

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 10 days every June. A menu filled with pasta, grilled meats, and a local dish called Torta al Testo, and…

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Assisi Lavender Festival

June 23 - July 8
Castelnuovo di Assisi, Via dei Laghetti 15
Castelnuovo di Assisi, Italy
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€4

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 market as well as a workshop on the distillation of essential oils. Visitors can also learn how to use lavender…

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Spoleto (Perugia): Two Worlds Festival

June 28 @ 10:00 am - July 14 @ 10:00 pm
Unnamed Venue Spoleto, Italy + Google Map
€48

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. Cost per performance is €48, but the event's website is offering a special for two shows for €60 or three shows for €84. Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel Publication. Get Insider Help Planning Your Trip to Italy.

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July 2019

Pierantonio (Umbria): Palio dei Rioni

July 7 @ 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Pierantonio Piazza Pierantonio, Umbria 06019 Italy + Google Map
Free

You may have heard of the Palio in Siena where neighborhoods compete in horse races, but in the small town of Pierantonio located about 25 minutes from Perugia, the capital of Umbria, the Palio dei Rioni has competitions in wheelbarrow races. In the piazza, stacks of hay shape a race course where wheelbarrow races are held. Each neighborhood in Pierantonio is represented by two people of the specific neighborhood, one of whom will sit in the wheelbarrow while the other…

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Perugia: Umbria Jazz Festival

July 12 @ 9:00 pm - July 21 @ 11:30 pm
Unnamed Venue, Piazza Danti 28
Perugia, Italy
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€12

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 but start at €12. Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel Publication. Get Insider Help Planning Your Trip to Italy. Event photo: www.flickr.com/photos/bestkevin/4801546758/

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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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