In Italy, festivals make up a considerable part of people's daily lives. The festive mood allows them to spend weekends celebrating with flowers, religion, wine, art, and food. The festivals of Italy traditionally relate to historical events. There are usually various elements to each festivity, but an elaborate parade of thousands of costumed people and fireworks are almost statutory.
Italians love celebrations, parades, and festivals because they allow them to connect to people and their country. For food lovers, sports fans, or anyone who wants to enjoy, Italian festivals are a memorable experience. Booking a trip to Italy to attend and celebrate an Italian festival is an exciting and fun way to discover Italy's long history and culture.
We have a list of The Best Festivals in Italy that are Worth Booking for a vacation.
One of the largest carnival festivals is Carnevale in Venice, Italy, held every 25th of February. The celebration honors when the Venice republic claimed their battle over Patriarch of Aquileia in 1162. Over three million people celebrate during the festival annually, which typically lasts two weeks. Those who partake in the festival wear masks depending on their occupation. Many events occur during the two weeks, including concerts, masquerade balls, street parties, costume parties, and parades.
8 Palio di Siena, Siena
The Palio di Siena is Italy's most famous horse race and has taken place twice a year since 1644, every 2nd of July and 16th of August. The first celebration is to remember the renowned Madonna of Provenzano artwork, acknowledged for its supernatural capabilities. The second festival honors the Assumption of Mary. During each race, ten horses and their riders, all representing one of the seventeen contrade, or city districts, drive around the Piazza del Campo in a rip-roaring, hair-raising show of equine expertise. Afterward, there is a large pageant called the Corteo Storico, in which everyone dresses in medieval clothes and waves flags around.
7 Easter Sunday And The Scoppio del Carro Fireworks
Easter Sunday commences with parades and activities throughout Italy, but none is as memorable as the Scoppio del Carro in Florence. This folk story, translated as "the explosion of the cart," remembers the deeds of a young man named Pazzino, a member of Florence's prominent Pazzi family. This Italian festival is celebrated each year at the end of the Lenten season. On Easter Sunday, a wide fireworks carriage leaves Porta al Prato, carried by a team of white oxen with 15th-century costumes, including soldiers and musicians. The full firework display lasts approximately 20 minutes. Italians believe it to bring good luck for the people who attend the carnival.
6 Snake Handlers' Procession
Each year on the first Thursday of May, a slithery ritual transpires in the medieval town of Cocullo. During this ritual, called Festa Dei Serpari, or snake handlers' procession, locals parade through the streets with the snakes they especially caught. Handled by specialists known as Serpari, the snakes get wrapped around the statue of Domenico di sora, a patron saint of Cocullo and a Toothache protector. However, historians believe that in ancient times, Marsi's people in Italy worshipped a serpent goddess named Angitia, who had the power to control snakes and was a protector of sickness or poison.
5 Battle Of The Oranges
The Battle of the Oranges is a food festival like no other. It is Italy's messiest, brutalist, and most hilarious food fight. Held in Ivrea each February, the Battle of the Oranges commemorates the people's uprising against and the beheading of a medieval tyrant. The festival is a battle using oranges as raging ammunition through the streets and town squares, with throwers on horse carriages pitted against the rebels on the ground. The carnival lasts for three days, ending on Shrove Tuesday with a solemn funeral.
4 Verona In Love
Verona in Love is a magical festival held for just one week each February, People can enjoy beautiful poetry, breathtaking artwork, live musical concerts, and stunning performances by famous artists. The festival's celebration is held in Verona, the scene of the illustrious Shakespearean love story Romeo and Juliet, and is a romantic way to celebrate and spend Valentine's Day. Shades of red and brilliant lights decorate the entire town, with Piazza Dei Signori laid out with a vast heart-shaped carpet.
3 La Notte Rosa
La Notte Rosa is an annual festival traditionally held on the first weekend of July. It is celebrated from sunset until dawn in the cities along the Adriatic coast, allowing for a beautiful view of the shoreline as it turns pink. The festival is somewhat an alternative to the White Night concept prevalent in celebrations in Europe, during which pink garb adorns the monuments of cities. The main set of the festival is in Rimini. The festival features hundreds of events organized with unique themes by every town, such as concerts, theatrical performances, and fireworks.
2 Luminara Of San Ranieri
Luminara is one of the Tuscany region's most famous events. It is organized in the city of Pisa on the 16th of June in celebration of the town's patron saint, Saint Ranieri. During this time, over seventy thousand candles encased in transparent containers are burned all around the city. Lugarno becomes a place from a fairytale as candle lights illuminate the town, its picturesque reflection shines in the flowing river of Arna.
1 The Vie Dei Tesori
The Vie Dei Tesori was established in 2006 by a group of journalists and local cultural operators from Palmero who believed that culture and beauty belonged to everyone. The celebration is a promotion of the economy and culture of Palermo. It takes place for eight weekends between September and November, allowing citizens and visitors to uncover parts of Sicily that are usually off-limits. It is one of Italy's largest, most crowded festivals, with over four hundred and fifty sites and treasures for partakers to observe. Aside from that, the festival itself offers concerts and art exhibitions as well.