I have a surprise for you. Ready? Italy is one of the world’s most popular destinations. Ok, I know that’s not entirely a surprise, but it’s always nice to be reminded.
Millions of people visit this cultural paradise every year, but not everyone takes advantage of everything there is to offer. With a range of events, 2017 promises to be an incredible year for traveling the country. In fact, Italy is the number one Europe destination for 2017, and here’s why.
One of my favorite events in Italy is the Carnival in Venice. From February 11th-28th you can be apart of the biggest dress up party with masks, parades, parties, and the best people watching around.
The Natale di Roma, which is not a Christmas celebration but rather the birthday bash of Rome, is April 21st-23rd. Gladiators and other historically dressed participants parade through the city center with the event ending in a jaw-dropping firework display.
A relatively new event in Rome, the International Film Festival will come again in October. Since its start in 2006, it’s brought more light onto the cinematic status of Italy.
The palio horse race in Siena is a true celebration of a part of their life from centuries ago. It is a bi-annual event on July 2nd and August 16th.
For a completely different kind of carnival, check out the orange throwing festival in Ivrea. Dating back to the 19th century, this is sure to not only be an eye-opening cultural exchange, but also the time of your life.
Italy is the birthplace of Opera so seeing a show while you’re here can make for a wonderful memory.
Venice becomes more magical when combined with opera so waste no time and go to their theatre to see a show like La Traviata, where the audience is actually the dinner guests of the main character.
Partake in the Arena di Verona Opera Festival from June 23rd-August 27th with five different operas showcased in the biggest open-air theatre in the world.
Head to Lucca in Tuscany for the Puccini Festival. Shows are being held at the Torre del Lago open-air theater, which is very near to the Villa where the famous composter Giacomo Puccini lived, and was eventually buried.
The 2017 dates for the Gelato Festival aren’t confirmed but it’s a good bet they will be the same as last year, from April-September.
The Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore is a folklore festival in the Sicilian town of Agrigento. This festival is dedicated to creative expression and peace among humanity.
Stick around Sicily to attend the Sagra delle Fragola, the Strawberry Festival, in Maletto. Listen to local music as you indulge yourself in sweets, risottos, and drinks made with strawberries.
Truffle lovers can’t miss the white truffle festival in the northern town of Alba every fall. Aside from the buying/selling of local truffles, all the restaurants in the town have special dishes and you can even join the hunting dogs on the truffle hunt.
During summer in the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere, a statue of Madonna Fiumarola passes through the streets accompanied by two weeks of street performance and art, in a festival called Festa de Noantri.
See a modern reinterpretation of The Divine Comedy in the perfect setting — Florence. This performance stops running in February so act quickly!
Experience the history of mankind in the new exhibit on Homo Sapiens in the famous Mudec museum in Milan.
Starting early July there is a summer festival in the Tuscan town of Lucca. Top performers this year include Imagine Dragons and Macklemore. Ravello, the mountain top town in the Amalfi Coast, hosts a summer open-air concert with a view of the sea and village below.
From mid-June – early August, Rome will host a series of performances in the “Roma Incontra il Mondo” music festival. The venue is Villa Ada, the second largest public park in Rome.