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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2016

May 1:  May Day/Labor Day (closures)

May 5:  Feast of the Ascension Day

May 8:  Festa del Grillo, Florence (Cricket Festival; music, entertainment, food, crickets sold in cages)

May 15:  Vogalonga Regatta, Venice

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

May 26:  Feast Day of Corpus Christi

May 29:  Feast of Corpus Domini, Monterosso and Vernazza (procession on carpet of flowers at 18:00)

June:  Fashion conventions, Florence

June–August:  Verona Opera season

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

June 2:  Anniversary of the Republic (closures)

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

June 24:  St. John the Baptist Day, Rome; Festival of St. John the Baptist, Florence (parades, dances, boat races; closures); and Calcio Fiorentino, Florence (costumed soccer game on 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 8–17: Umbria Jazz, Perugia

July 9–30:  Florence Dance Festival

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

July 16–17:  Festa del Redentore, Venice (Feast of the Redeemer; regatta, fireworks)

July–August:  Musical Weeks, Lake Maggiore

August 10:  St. Lawrence Day, 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 1–4:  Gelato Festival Finals, Florence

September 3–4:  Historical Regatta, Venice

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

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

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

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

October 7–9:  Kastelruther Spatzenfest music festival, Castelrotto

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

November 1:  All Saints’ Day (some closures)

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

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 (some closures)

December 25:  Christmas (closures)

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

2017

January 1:  New Year’s Day (closures)

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

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

February 11–28:  Carnevale, Venice (most festive on weekends; particularly quiet during first week)

February:  Carnevale di Viareggio, Florence (Sundays)

February 28:  Ivrea Carnevale (orange-throwing free-for-all; smaller festivities in week prior)

April 2:  Rome Marathon

April 9–12:  Vinitaly, Verona (wine festival)

April 16:  Easter Sunday (and Scoppio del Carro fireworks in Florence)

April 17:  Easter Monday (some closures)

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

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

Late April (5 days):  Gelato Festival, Florence

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

May 13–November 26:  Venice Biennale (international art exhibition)