Gubbio Crossbow Tournament

Piazza Grande Piazza Grande, Gubbio, Italy

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 ...


Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars)

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. From tastings to tours in the vineyards, there will be many initiatives from the Alps to Mount Etna that will celebrate wine. Open Cellars has over time become ...


Spello (Umbria): Flowering Windows, Balconies and Alleys

As if the the intimate vie in Italy couldn't get any more charming, the streets in the historic center of the quaint town of Spello in Umbria are filled with flowers for the infiorata di Spello. Residents decorate their window sills, balconies, staircases, alleys and corners in a blossoming botanical display for everyone to enjoy all leading up to the main ...


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 ...


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 ...