Tuscany, Central Italy & Elba
Easter is a big event in Bibbona and festivities include the ‘Palio delle Botti’ (rolling barrels through the streets), a scared representation of Jesus Christ’s procession and the ‘Cedar festival’ where there are lots of local crafts and foods on display.
Said to have been found by Romulus and Remus in 753 BC, Rome celebrates its birthday by holding special events including concerts, parades, historical re-enactments, gladiators at the Coliseum and huge fireworks displays.
Lake Bolsena has a famous annual flower festival, ‘Infiorata’, which takes place on the second Sunday after Whitsunday as part of the Corpus Domini celebrations. A carpet of flowers (nearly 3km long) is laid down for the procession, which depict holy figures and resemble stained glass using rose petals and other flowers. The celebrations culminate with an extravagant firework display.
Pisa's Patron Saint, St Ranieri, is celebrated by putting lights in windows of all the buildings and palaces in the city, as well as thousands of floating candles alight on the waters of the Arno. This is accompanied by a fireworks display.
During late June and early July every year, the ‘Festival dei Due Mondi’ takes place in Spoleto. The town comes alive with a variety of performing arts events: ballet, exhibitions, concerts and theatre.
A tradition since the 14th century, for the people of Siena the Palio horse-race is a matter of life and death. Ten bareback riders clash in a frenzied 90-second dash around the huge Piazza del Campo. Races are held on the 2nd July and the 16th August every year. This is a very popular event so arrive early in the day to ensure that you don't miss out on the action!
In Capoliveri, on 14th July there is a historic parade for one of Elba’s most popular legends – Leggenda del’Innamorata. The shore is lined with torchlight and a parade of people in costume, searching for the lost lovers.
Eat, drink and relax in the courtyard of the Church of Santa Maria... before the drums kick in. Lots of bands, lots of noise and lots of fun! Please note: dates for 2019 are to be confirmed.
Lamporecchio has a traditional ‘Brigidino Festival’ in early August. During the festival you can try the town’s traditional sweet ‘brigidini’ and watch live musical performances. 2020 are to be confirmed.
Set amongst the beauty of the Amalfi coast, this tasty festival is a celebration of the gastronomic history of the small village of Agerola. For generations the people of Agerola have made Fiordilatte; a mozzarella-like cows milk cheese that is popular across the country. This authentic festival offers a genuine slice of Italy. The dates for this festival are to be confirmed.
In August there is the “Convivia” - a celebration of Bibbona’s produce, most notably the DOC wine, which is accompanied by live performances in the historic centre of Bibbona. This is a popular event attracting crowds of visitors who all come to enjoy wine tasting, street entertainment and markets. 2020 dates to be confirmed.
Sarteano host a number of festivals in the summer. The most significant festival is the 'Giostra del Saracino' around the 15th August. There are parades, costumes and flags waved from the five local districts and men on horseback gallop through the town before the ‘Joust of the Saracens’.