Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Italy

  • Beware: Festival dates are often not posted on websites until just before the event (or may even be posted incorrectly, especially in Italy). Verify the correct festival dates before planning a trip around a specific festival. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for Italy.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Italy. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn't a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.

2014

April 6–9:  Vinitaly (Verona wine festival)

April 20:  Easter Sunday (and Scoppio del Carro fireworks in Florence)

April 21:  Easter Monday (some closures)

April 21:  Rome's City Birthday Celebration (parades, fireworks)

April/May:  Settimana della Cultura (Cultural Heritage Week, across Italy)

April 25:  Italian Liberation Day (some closures), also St. Mark's Day (Venice)

May 1:  Labor Day

May 18:  Sagra del Limone (Monterosso Lemon Festival, Cinque Terre)

May 29:  Feast of the Ascension Day

June 1:  Festa del Grillo (Festival of the Cricket, music, entertainment, food, crickets sold in cages; Florence)

Late May–early June:  Fashion convention (Florence)

Late May–early June:  Vogalonga Regatta (Venice)

June 1–30:  Annual Flower Display (carpet of flowers on Florence's main square)

June 2:  Anniversary of the Republic

June 16–17:  Festival of St. Ranieri (Pisa)

June 22:  Feast of Corpus Domini (Monterosso and Vernazza, procession on carpet of flowers at 18:00)

June–August:  Verona Opera season

June 24:  St. John the Baptist Day (Rome); Festival of St. John the Baptist (Florence; parades, dances, boat races); and Calcio Fiorentino (costumed soccer game on Florence's Piazza Santa Croce)

June 29:  Sts. Peter and Paul's Day (most fervently celebrated in Rome)

Late June–early September:  Florence's annual outdoor cinema season (contemporary films)

July 2:  Palio horse race (Siena)

July 19–20:  Festa del Redentore (Feast of the Redeemer; regatta, fireworks; Venice)

July–August:  Musical Weeks (Lake Maggiore)

August 10:  St. Lawrence Day (Rome)

August 15:  Ferragosto (Feast of the Assumption)

August 16:  Palio horse race (Siena)

September–October:  Chestnut Festivals (festivals, chestnut roasts; most towns, mainly north of Rome)

September 6–7:  Historical Regatta (Venice)

September 7:  Festa della Rificolona (children's procession with lanterns, street performances, parade; Florence)

September 13–14:  Volto Santo (procession and fair, Lucca)

October:  Musica dei Popoli Festival (ethnic and folk music and dances, Florence)

October 11–12:  Castelrotto Festival (Dolomites)

November 1:  All Saints' Day (some closures)

November 21:  Feast of Our Lady of Good Health (Venetian religious festival, bridge built over Grand Canal)

December:  Christmas Market on Piazza Navona (Rome)

December 8:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception (some closures)

December 25:  Christmas 

December 26:  St. Stephen's Day (some closures) 

2015

January 1:  New Year's Day

January 6:  Epiphany (and Epiphany Fair religious festival in Rome)

January:  Fashion conventions (Florence — hotel prices may increase)

January 31–February 17:  Carnevale (Venice)