Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Italy

Venice becomes a city of masks and mystery every February during carnevale.
  • 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.
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2019

June 30–August 3:  Florence Dance Festival

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

July–August:  Stresa Festival, Lake Maggiore

July 1–18: Ancona Jazz Summer Festival

July 2:  Palio horse race, Siena

July 3–20: Marostica Summer Festival (music concerts)

July 12–21:  Umbria Jazz, Perugia

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

July 20–21:  Festa del Redentore, Venice (Feast of the Redeemer; regatta, fireworks)

July 26–28: Unicorn Festival, Vinci (fantasy concerts, parades, and exhibitions)

July 27–August 14: Locus Festival, Locorotondo (music concerts)

August 10:  Feast day of St. Lawrence, Rome

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 1:  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)

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

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

September 22–24 & September 29–October 1 (likely):  Pistachio Festival, Bronte (near Mount Etna), Sicily

October 5–November 24:  International White Truffle Fair, Alba (cooking demonstrations, historical reenactments, truffles by the pound; between Turin and Genoa)

October 11–13:  Kastelruther Spatzenfest music festival, Castelrotto

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 (culmnates 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 (closures)

December 8:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception (closures)

December 25:  Christmas (closures)

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

December 28–January 1:  Umbria Jazz Winter, Orvieto


2020

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, Viareggio (about six somewhat sporadic days)

February 15–25:  Carnevale, Venice (most festive on weekends; particularly quiet during first week)

February 22–25:  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)

Early April (1 day):  Gelato Festival, Florence

Early April (1 day):  Rome Marathon

April 10:  Good Friday; Procession of I Misteri (Trapani, Sicily)

April 12:  Easter Sunday (and Scoppio del Carro fireworks in Florence, closures); also Rome's City Birthday Celebration (parades, fireworks)

April 13:  Easter Monday (closures)

April 19–22:  Vinitaly, Verona (wine festival)

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

April 25–27 (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 15–17 (likely):  Infiorata di Noto, Sicily (flower festival)

May 16:  Sagra del Limone, Monterosso, Cinque Terre (lemon festival)

May 21: Ascension Day

May 10–July 6:  Festival del Teatro Greco, Siracusa, Sicily (Greek plays in the city's ancient theater)

May 11–November 24:  Venice Biennale (international art exhibition)

May 24–26:  Feast of San Giorgio, Ragusa Ibla, Sicily (processions, fireworks)

May 25:  Festa delle Madonna delle Milizie, Scicli, Sicily (processions, Norman battle reenactments)

May 30:  Feast of the Ascension Day

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

June:  Fashion conventions, Florence

June–August:  Verona Opera season

June 2:  Anniversary of the Republic (closures); also Festa del Grillo, Florence (Cricket Festival; music, entertainment, food, crickets sold in cages)

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

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

June 11:  Feast Day of Corpus Christi

June 13–14:  Le Infiorate, Spello (giant flower-carpet competition near Orvieto)

June 14:  Feast of Corpus Domini, Monterosso and Vernazza (procession on carpet of flowers at 18:00)

June 24:  Feast of St. John the Baptist, Florence (parades, dances, boat races; closures); and Calcio Storico, (Renaissance ball game played on Piazza Santa Croce)

June 29:  Sts. Peter and Paul Day (most fervently celebrated in Rome, and with three-day festival in Modica, Sicily)