Friday, January 18, 2008

Info on 2008 Events and Festivals (festa or sagra) in Italy

(LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 9 August 2008)

Here are the links for 2008 various events and festivals (feste or sagre) in Italy:

  • 2008 Europa Cup (Parachuting Competitions) – Dates: 08 - 10 August – Location: Belluno Airport, Belluno (BL) – Source: FAI Sporting Calendar (Parachuting Competitions) of FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) – "is the world governing body for air sports and aeronautical world records."
  • The Chocolate Festival in Turin – Dates: 22 February - 2 March 2008 – In English, Italian
  • Torino Food Market Festival – 2009: TBA
  • Cantine Aperte (Open Wine Cellars or 'Open Wine Cantinas') – Annual event – Last Sunday in May – What this means is that wine cellars of the Movimento Turismo del Vino association throw open their doors and you can sample some of the best wines in Italy. – In Italian Only
  • Festa dei Ceri - Annual event – In May in Gubbio (Umbria) – In Italian Only
  • Fiera Internazionale del Libro (International Book Fair of Turin) – "is the main event in Italy dedicated to books, reading and culture: Europe’s largest book fair open to both specialist visitors and the general public." – Dates: 08 - 12 May 2008 – In English, Italian
  • Spoleto Festival – Dates: 27 June - 13 July – Spoleto (Umbria)
  • Umbria Jazz Festival 2008 – Annual event – In July in Perugia (Umbria)
  • Palio (Horse Race) – Annual event – In July and August in Siena (Tuscany)
  • The 65th International Venice Film Festival (La Biennale di Venezia ) – Annual event – Dates: 27 August - 6 September – In English, Italian
  • The International Antiques Fair
  • Eurochocolate – Annual event – Dates: 18 - 26 October – Perugia (Umbria)
  • Salone del Gusto – biannual event – In multiple languages – 23 - 27 October 2008
  • Frantoi Aperti – Annual event – In November in Umbria – Frantoi Aperti aims to acquaint the public more closely with Umbrian olive oil through the institution of two days in which the public is admitted to the region’s oileries and invited to taste the year’s new oil for themselves, as well as talk directly to the producers about all the production process.
  • Umbria Jazz Winter – In Orvieto
* = Blog entry has been updated.

The above links are current. If anyone has any suggestions for other sites, please feel free to post your comment and I'll update this blog entry. For your specific interest, please search the web for further information using Google .

I could not provide the 2008 dates for some of the events listed above, please check back later for an update. If you do know the date for a specific event above or to include any that I may have missed, please leave a comment and I'll update the event and/or blog entry with the correct date(s).

Needless to say, there are 1,000's of events in Italy and all through the year. One of the most comprehensive sources can be found at Italian Holidays, Festivals, Street Parties… – "a list of Italian holidays and festivals which can be accessed by city, region and date." – Source: the Hostetler web site. There is not one source for all these events, festivals, etc. Unfortunately, one needs to look at many, many listings to find the event or festival that they like to attend. The best way to find an event is to ask around and to the locals of the area you are traveling in who may share with you one of their favorites.

That's it for Friday, 18 January 2008: venerdì, 18 gennaio 2008.

Felice Anno Nuovo!

Ciao, Ben

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(LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 9 August 2008)

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