Holidays and Festivals in Italy!

In Italy most festival dates are often not posted on websites until just before the event, so will be listing the major holidays and festivities like major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Italy.

Keep on reading Fantastica Italia’s blog to be updated on the major Summer Festivals in Italy!


March 27: Easter Sunday (and Scoppio del Carro fireworks in Florence)

March 28: Easter Monday (some closures)

April 3: Rome Marathon

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

April 10–13: Vinitaly, Verona (wine festival)

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

April 21–25: Gelato Festival, Florence

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

May 1: May Day/Labor Day (closures)

May 5: Feast of the Ascension Day

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

May 15: Vogalonga Regatta, Venice

May 17 or 23: 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 9–30: Florence Dance Festival

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

July 18–19: 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 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)

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