Italy is serving up a wide selection of delectable food festivals, exciting entertainment events and festive fun this year. Locations across the country will be tantalising tourists with more than just the romantic culture. If you’re planning a visit in the coming months, here are a few festivals and activities worth checking out.
International Fair of the White Truffle
6th – 7th October 2013
With simulated truffle-hunting excursions and hot air balloon rides, allowing you to glide over the scenic Langhe and Roero vineyards, this year’s Alba International Fair of the White Truffle is set to be one of the best. The luxurious and rare fungus attracts food enthusiasts from around the world to Alba, to sample and celebrate the delicacy.
Caltagirone Christmas Market
5th November – 11th December 2013
If you’re abroad around Christmas time, then the Caltagirone Christmas market will be sure to get you feel right at home with the festive spirit. Sicilian sweets and crafts will be on sale throughout the traditional Italian markets, allowing you the chance to find some truly unique presents for your loved ones.
Rome International Film Festival
8th – 17th November 2013
The Rome International Film Festival is ideal for cinematic fanatics. The award ceremony will crown the best film, actor an actress with a 200,000 euro prize, whilst 80 different film screenings in five different genres display the best titles.
San Martino in Cantinas (Grape Harvest Festival)
13th November 2013
During Saint Martin’s week, people across Italy will come together to enjoy the harvesting of grapes across the country. This special one-day event will see 100 wine cellars open their doors to the public for free tastings of new wines.
Italian Poker Tour Grand Final
28th November– 2nd December 2013
From late November to early December, the popular holiday resort of Saint Vincent will play host to the Italian Poker Tour Grand Final. The concluding event in the IPT Season 5 calendar will attract the best names in the business to battle it out on the felts.
6th – 15th December 2013
Indulge yourself with the Showcolate market. Dedicated entirely to chocolate, this market fair in Naples will satisfy any sweet tooth with delicacies and tastings from world-renowned chocolatiers.
8th December 2013
Translated as the Immaculate Conception, the festivities spill out around the Piazza di Spagna, where the Pope looks on as the fire brigade place wreaths over the outstretched arm of Mary’s column. With a brilliant balance of festivity and traditional religion, the event will also feature stalls, live music and parades.