Here we have a list of the top festivals in Italy. Most of these festivals are free, but you have to get tickets for some events. These Italian festivals are based on past events, and they also involve parades with people dressed in certain costumes, food, fireworks, flag throwers and contests between neighborhoods of the town.
- Carnevale – Italy’s Carnival Festivals
Carnivals are celebrated in many towns in Italy. Viareggio, which is on the coast of Tuscany, is popular for their elegant floats, and the parades occur on numerous weekends. Carnevale occurs before the actual carnival date; Carnevale mostly falls in February.
- Il Palio di Siena – Horse Tace in the Main Square
The Palio of Siena is one of the most famous Palio competitions in Italy. Palio de Siena is a horse race run in the unusual fan-shaped Piazza del Campo. The horse race occurs in both July and August.
L’Ardia di San Costantino – Ancient Horse Race
This is one of the biggest and most popular festivals that occur in Sardinia. This festival takes place in July, this horse race honors Constantine’s conquest at the Mulvian Bridge in 312. This event is more than a race, and it has an exciting spiritual-twist. This is also an amazing eating festival,
Festa Della Madonna Bruna – Procession and Fireworks
Festa Della Madonna Bruna occurs on the 2nd of July in Matera, it is unarguably one of the most exciting procession you’ll ever see in Italy. After the procession, there are spectacular displays of fireworks at night over Sassi di Matera. This is a sight to behold.
- Summer Music Festivals
If you go on a trip to Italy, going to music festivals and outdoor concerts in summer will brighten everything up for you. You’ll find so many concerts in public areas and squares throughout Italy.
There are so many other festivals in Italy such as Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics, La Quintana and Disfida. You can’t afford to miss any of these festivals we’ve mentioned if you go on a trip to Italy.