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August 2020

Positano (Amalfi Coast): Landing of the Saracens

August 15 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every year that begins at 4:00 pm on day 15 of August, repeating indefinitely

Unnamed Venue Positano, Italy + Google Map
Free

On this summer evening at sunset, costumed actors re-enact the battle that took place on the night of August 15, 1558. The landing of the Saracens is also celebrated with music, food and a certainly gorgeous sunset, making this an event for the whole family. Note: Dates have not yet been confirmed; Please visit event website for updates. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since 2002. Get a free issue to see what…

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Ferrara: Buskers Festival

August 22 - August 30
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 22 of August, repeating indefinitely

Free

This August, if you find yourself in Emilia-Romagna take a train and walk through the historic streets of Ferrara and meet international street musicians as they perform various genres of music from around the world. The festival was originated by Stefano Bottoni, a native ferrarese, who was inspired by his visit to New York in the 1980s to see his own city become more welcoming to street musicians. After proposing the idea to the mayor, the festival soon became an international…

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Nuoro (Sardinia): The Feast of the Redeemer

August 29
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 29 of August, repeating indefinitely

Free

Since August 29th, 1901, when Pope Leo XIII erected a bronze, 23 ft. tall statue of Christ the Redeemer on Monte Ortobene in honor of the Jubilee Year, locals and visitors have participated in celebratory procession to the statue from Nuoro's Cathedral. At Dawn, the faithful participants of the march congregate in the square outside the cathedral. They sing songs as they follow a cart decorated with ears of wheat and oleanders all the way to the statue. Once the…

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Montepulciano: Barrel Race

August 30
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 30 of August, repeating indefinitely

Free

Every last Sunday of August this tuscan hilltop town is consumed in the, by then, week-long celebration of the Bravio delle Botti, also known as the "Barrel Race". The festivities kick off with the presentation of the Bravium, the victory banner, which is painted each year by a select artist with a winning design based on on a specific theme; the Bravium is then presented to the town the Sunday before the race. You can choose to see just the race…

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September 2020

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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Asti (Piedmont): Palio

September 6
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 6 of September, repeating indefinitely

25€

Since 1275, this ancient horse race has turned Asti's Piazza Alfieri into a racetrack, and has linked modern Asti with its medieval roots. Twenty-one Contrade (city divisions) compete in the central square, while over 1,200 individuals donning medieval garb parade proudly throughout the streets of the city. The traditional flag-wavers (Sbandieratori) also run their own Palio against residents of neighboring towns. To the winner (both horse and human alike) goes the spoils -- a crimson velvet drape -- which will remain in…

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Monza: Italian Grand Prix

September 6 - September 8
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 6 of September, repeating indefinitely

Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Via Vedano, 5
Monza, Italy
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56€

Monza is regarded by many as the embodiment of Formula One racing. Not only is it a fantastic example of a track that combines speed with skill, it also has a heart and soul all of its own. It has seen some of the finest races of all time, but also some of the sport's worst accidents. The names of great drivers and the sounds of engines from years gone by linger in the grand old trees surrounding the track in…

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Florence: Rificolona (Lantern Festival)

September 7 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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An event every year that begins at 9:00 pm on day 7 of September, repeating indefinitely

Florence Florence, Italy + Google Map
Free

Though the origin of this colorful celebration is disputed, many believe Rificolona began as a celebration on the eve of the Feast of the Madonna, the nativity of the virgin. It is said that villagers would start their pilgrimage before the break of dawn to the city of Florence on the eve of her birthday. They relied on their lanterns, or rificolone, to light their. Others affirm the holiday's roots are found deep within pagan tradition. In any case, Rificolona…

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Marostica: Living Chess Game

September 11 @ 9:00 pm - September 13 @ 9:00 pm
Unnamed Venue Marostica, Italy + Google Map
30€

Every even numbered year, on the second weekend of September, locals dress in period costume and perform a chess game (Partita a Scacchi con Personaggi Viventi) as living pawns on a giant chessboard (think Alice in Wonderland comes alive) in the town square of Marostica, near Vicenza in the Veneto region. Thousands of spectators come for the festivities which feature 600 characters in Renaissance dress, flag throwers, horses, dancing, music, and fireworks. Note: Tickets start at 30€; Please visit event website for…

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Verona: Tocatì

September 12 - September 15
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 12 of September, repeating indefinitely

Unnamed Venue, Centro Storico
Verona, Italy
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Free

Tocatì, meaning "it's your turn," in the local Venetian dialect is an UNESCO-recognized festival of traditional international street games such as parkour, ultimate frisbee, awalé, carrom, backgammon and many more. The festival has a different guest country each year, and includes traditional ancient games such as marbles. Note: Dates have not yet been confirmed; Please visit event website for updates. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since 2002. Get a free issue to see…

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