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Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Italy

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Venice becomes a city of masks and mystery every February during carnevale.
  • Beware: Festival dates are often not posted online 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.
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2021

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

April 2:  Good Friday (processions, including Procession of I Misteri, Trapani, Sicily)

April 4:  Easter Sunday (and Scoppio del Carro fireworks in Florence; closures)

April 5:  Easter Monday (closures)

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

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

May 1:  May Day/Labor Day (closures)

Early May–late November:  Venice Biennale (international art exhibition)

May 13:  Ascension; also Cricket Festival (Festa del Grillo), Florence (music, entertainment, food, crickets sold in cages)

May 14–16 (likely):  Infiorata di Noto, Sicily (flower festival)

May 15 (likely):  Sagra del Limone, Monterosso, Cinque Terre (lemon festival)

May 28–30:  Feast of San Giorgio, Ragusa Ibla, Sicily (processions, fireworks, mostly on final day)

May 29:  Festa delle Madonna delle Milizie, Scicli, Sicily (processions, Norman battle reenactments)

Late May or early June (iffy for 2021):  Vogalonga Regatta, Venice

June 2:  Anniversary of the Republic (across Italy but with grandest festivities in Rome; closures)

June:  Fashion conventions, Florence

June–August:  Verona Opera season

June 3:  Corpus Domini (festivals and processions across Italy, especially in Rome, Orvieto, and Castelrotto/Kastelruth)

June 5–6:  Le Infiorate, Spello (giant flower-carpet competition near Assisi; similar infiorate are also common elsewhere in Italy this weekend)

June 11–12:  Kastelruther Spatzen Open Air, Castelrotto/Kastelruth (concert series featuring hometown folk group)

June 16–17:  Feast of St. Ranieri, Pisa (illuminated facades, candles on the Arno, fireworks, regatta)

June 20–23:  Vinitaly, Verona (wine festival)

June 20–July 31:  Florence Dance Festival

June 24:  Feast of St. John the Baptist, northwestern Italy, especially Florence (water lanterns, boat races, dancing, medieval tournaments, fireworks; many celebrations held on nearby weekends; some closures), and Calcio Storico, Florence (Renaissance ball game played on Piazza Santa Croce)

June 25–July 11:  Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi (visual arts and performances from US and across Europe, near Orvieto)

June 26:  Gioco del Ponte, Pisa (colorful parade and "battle" for control of the Ponte di Mezzo)

Late June–early September:  Outdoor cinema season, Florence (contemporary films)

June 28–July 15 (likely):  Ancona Jazz Summer Festival

June 29:  Sts. Peter and Paul Day (most fervently celebrated in Rome with fireworks and flower carpet in St. Peter's Square, and with three-day festival in Modica, Sicily)

July 8–9 & 14:  Marostica Summer Festival (music concerts)

July 2:  Palio horse race, Siena

July 9–18:  Umbria Jazz, Perugia

Mid-July:  Noantri Festival, Trastevere district, Rome (music and folklore)

July 17–18 (likely):  Festa del Redentore, Venice (Feast of the Redeemer; regatta, fireworks)

Late July–August:  Stresa Festival, Lake Maggiore (classical music)

July 23–25:  Unicorn Festival, Vinci, Tuscany (fantasy concerts, parades, exhibitions)

July 31–August 15:  Locus Festival, Locorotondo (contemporary music)

August 15:  Ferragosto (Feast of the Assumption; closures)

August 16:  Palio horse race, Siena

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

September 5:  Historical Regatta, Venice

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

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

Mid-September–mid-November:  Musica dei Popoli, Florence (ethnic/folk music and dance)

September 19:  Rome Marathon

September 19:  Feast of St. Januarius, Naples (La Festa di San Gennaro; closures)

September 19–21 & September 27–29 (likely):  Pistachio Festival, Bronte (near Mount Etna), Sicily

October 8–10 (likely):  Kastelruther Spatzenfest (concert series featuring hometown Schlager group), Castelrotto/Kastelruth

October 9–December 5:  International White Truffle Fair, Alba (between Turin and Genoa; cooking demonstrations, historical reenactments, truffles by the pound)

November 1:  All Saints' Day (some closures)

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

November 30–December 20:  Feast of Santa Lucia, Siracusa, Sicily (culminates with procession of the saint's statue and relics to the cathedral on December 13)

December:  Christmas Market on Piazza Navona, Rome; crèches in churches throughout Italy

December 7:  Feast of St. Ambrose, Milan (special street markets, closures)

December 8:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception (closures)

December 25:  Christmas (closures)

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

Late December (5 days):  Umbria Jazz Winter, Orvieto


2022

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

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

January–March:  Carnival celebrations throughout Italy (street parties)

February 3–5:  Festa di Sant'Agata, Catania (processions and fireworks)

February/March:  Carnevale di Viareggio, Tuscany (about six somewhat sporadic days)

February 12–March 1:  Carnevale, Venice (most festive on weekends; particularly quiet during first week)

February 27–March 1:  Ivrea Carnevale (orange-throwing free-for-all on last three days; smaller festivities in week prior)

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

April 15:  Good Friday (processions across Italy, including Procession of I Misteri in Trapani, Sicily)

April 17:  Easter Sunday (and Scoppio del Carro fireworks in Florence, closures); also Rome's City Birthday Celebration (parades, fireworks)

April 18:  Easter Monday (closures)

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

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

April 21–24 (likely):  Artichoke Festival, Chiusure (near Pienza)

May 1:  May Day/Labor Day (closures)

Early May–early July:  Festival del Teatro Greco, Siracusa, Sicily (Greek plays in the city's ancient theater)

May 13–15 (likely):  Infiorata di Noto, Sicily (flower festival)

May 21 (likely):  Sagra del Limone, Monterosso, Cinque Terre (lemon festival)

May 26:  Ascension; also Cricket Festival (Festa del Grillo), Florence (music, entertainment, food, crickets sold in cages)

May 27–29:  Feast of San Giorgio, Ragusa Ibla, Sicily (processions, fireworks, mostly on final day)

May 28:  Festa delle Madonna delle Milizie, Scicli, Sicily (processions, Norman battle reenactments)

Late May or early June (1 day):  Vogalonga Regatta, Venice

June 2:  Anniversary of the Republic (cross Italy but with grandest festivities in Rome; closures)

June:  Fashion conventions, Florence

June–August:  Verona Opera season

Early June (2 days):  Kastelruther Spatzen Open Air, Castelrotto/Kastelruth (concert series featuring hometown Schlager group)

June 16–17:  Feast of St. Ranieri, Pisa (illuminated facades, candles on the Arno, fireworks, regatta)

June 16:  Corpus Domini (festivals and processions across Italy, especially in Rome, Orvieto, and Castelrotto/Kastelruth)

June 18–19 (likely):  Le Infiorate, Spello (giant flower-carpet competition near Assisi; similar infiorate are also common elsewhere in Italy this weekend)

Mid-June (likely):  Vinitaly, Verona (wine festival)

Mid-June–late July:  Florence Dance Festival

June 24:  Feast of St. John the Baptist, northwestern Italy, especially Florence (water lanterns, boat races, dancing, medieval tournaments, fireworks; many celebrations held on nearby weekends; some closures), and Calcio Storico, Florence (Renaissance ball game played on Piazza Santa Croce)

June 25:  Gioco del Ponte, Pisa (colorful parade and "battle" for control of the Ponte di Mezzo)

Late June –mid-July:  Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi (visual arts and performances from US and across Europe, near Orvieto)

Late June–early September:  Outdoor cinema season, Florence (contemporary films)

June 29:  Sts. Peter and Paul Day (most fervently celebrated in Rome with fireworks and flower carpet in St. Peter's Square, and with three-day festival in Modica, Sicily)