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January 2020

Novoli (Lecce): Bonfire for Sant’Antonio Abate Feast Day

January 16
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 16 of January, repeating indefinitely

Unnamed Venue Fòcara in Novoli, Italy + Google Map
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Novoli, a small town near Lecce, honors the town's patron, Sant'Antonio Abate, on the eve of his feast day January 17. The origin of the fire ritual is said to date back at least 1,000 years and is credited to monks from the east who settled in Novoli. The fòcara is a bonfire constructed of olive branches and grape vines in Piazza Tito Schipa. Using a huge ladder to pile the branches on top, the fire builders make a mountain…

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Rimini: Gelato World Cup

January 19 @ 8:00 am - January 21 @ 5:00 pm

At the Gelato World Cup, gelato chefs from around the world will face off to see who makes the best treat. France and, of course, Italy are traditionally the two frontrunners.

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Moiano (Perugia): Snail Festival

January 24 - January 26
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 24 of January, repeating indefinitely

Free

A lot of the gourmet cuisine we know today is a revamped version of famine food that people used to make just to survive in the past and the lumaca is no exception. Lumaca, which means snail in Italian, is the protagonist in this yearly five-day festival in Moiano, Umbria. Visitors can enjoy the massaie’s (local farmer’s wives’) homemade cooking who use this not-so-secret ingredient in their cooking along with many other local products. The event also offers live music performances, dancing, and kid-friendly activities! Dream…

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February 2020

Denver: Italy Vacation Secrets at The Denver Travel & Adventure Show

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St
Denver, CO 80202 United States
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11$

At the Denver Travel & Adventure Show, join Dream of Italy Host Kathy McCabe on February 22nd at the Destination Theater for a fun interactive seminar: 10 Secrets for Planning Your Dream Vacation in Italy. Every attendee for this session will receive a free membership to Dream of Italy - $47 value! with Kathy McCabe, Travel Publisher and Host of Dream of Italy on PBS Lisa Vogele, Chief Tree Climber, Travel Your Tree, Where Ancestry Meets Adventure You don’t have…

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Denver: Heritage Travel Session at The Denver Travel & Adventure Show

February 22 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St
Denver, CO 80202 United States
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11$

At the Denver Travel & Adventure Show, join us at 2:45 p.m. on February 22nd at the Savvy Travel Theater for Heritage Travel: Walking in Your Ancestors’ Footsteps with Kathy McCabe, Travel Publisher and Host of Dream of Italy on PBS Lisa Vogele, Chief Tree Climber, Travel Your Tree, Where Ancestry Meets Adventure You don’t have to be a celebrity on “Who Do You Think You Are?” to travel in your ancestor’s footsteps. Whether you’re interested in planning a trip…

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April 2020

Festa della Liberazione: Italian Liberation Day

April 25
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 25 of April, repeating indefinitely

Free

On April 25, 1945, Italy was liberated from the grip of Mussolini and the German-Fascist regime. The country celebrates this historic day with parades, ceremonies, and speeches. Rome, as the capital, enjoys the biggest celebrations, including a visit by the President to the Ardeatine Caves Mausoleum, where the Nazis massacred 335 Romans in 1944. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since 2002. Get a free issue to see what we are all…

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May 2020

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

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

Unnamed Venue Gubbio, Italy + Google Map
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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 Saint Ubaldo which overlooks the town. Must see to believe! Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel…

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June 2020

Pisa: Giugno Pisano

June 1 - June 30
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 1 of June, repeating indefinitely

Giugno Pisano is a month of festivals in Pisa in June. Among the events are openings of the town's churches at night, the Palio di San Ranieri, the Battle of the Bridge on the last Saturday in June, the Regatta every four years (the last one was held in 2015), a night opening of the Leaning Tower, and Games on the Bridge, and the Luminara di San Ranieri, a night when the town is lit by 70,000 candles. Dream of…

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Rome: Fantafestival

June 10 - June 16
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 10 of June, repeating indefinitely

Rome's Fantafestival is dedicated to fantastic and horror cinema. The location at Multisala Barberini is confirmed and so are the "Golden Bats" for the best picture and short in both the Italian and international categories. There will once again be the Z-Day, with a zombie-walk along the streets of Rome. Note: Dates have not been confirmed; please check the official event website for updates. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since 2002.…

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Spello (Umbria): Flowering Windows, Balconies and Alleys

June 13 - June 14
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on of May, repeating indefinitely

Free

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 event. Marvel at the floral tapestries in honor of Corpus Domini every year on the 9th Sunday after Easter. Dream of…

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