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Italy's Best Festivals

We created these pages to help you really Discover Italy. Journalists Donald Strachan, Steve Keenan and Jasmine Boni Ball — who visit several times every year — have gathered a rich crop of local stories and written destination guides to help you make the most of your vacation. As they say in Italy, “Buon viaggio!”

June Festivals in Italy: Republic Day & Violent Sports

You are spoilt for choice when you visit this month. June is Pisa's pageant and party time, centred on the banks of the Arno. Elsewhere you can attend the opening of a major opera festival or Florence's unique take on a "football" game (actually more like a fight in medieval dress).

May Festivals in Italy: Wine & Song

Events come thick and fast in one of the busiest months on Italy's festival calendar. There's food and wine (of course), but also religious celebrations, classical music and a birthday party for one of Italy's best-known fictional characters.

April Festivals in Italy

Most years Easter falls in April. Good Friday and Easter Sunday are a major focus for Christians across Italy — spectacularly so in Florence. Italy's many annual food festivals get going, with artichokes and donuts in the spotlight during the month.

March Festivals in Italy

Spring has almost (but not quite) sprung across much of the Italian peninsula. This month's major events and celebrations feature food, design, wine and an eccentric Tuscan Palio with donkeys instead of racehorses.

February Festivals in Italy

Spring has almost (but not quite) sprung across much of the Italian peninsula. This month's major events and celebrations feature food, design, wine and an eccentric Tuscan Palio with donkeys instead of racehorses.

January festivals in Italy

If you are visiting Italy in January, leave any New Year's resolutions at home. The month begins with Christian celebrations for the Three Kings, one of Italy's most important religious events. Enjoy costume processions, sweets and wine, plus a regatta with men dressed in witch costumes (don’t ask).

December Festivals in Italy

Events and festivities this December revolve around Christmas. The Christian holiday heralds religious processions and events, such as Midnight Mass at the Vatican. There is an abundance of eating, wine and song. Look forward to a music festival in one of Umbria’s enchanting cities and a historical re-enactment and food festival celebrating Tuscany’s most prized game meat.

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