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Italy's Best Festivals

We created these pages to help you really Discover Italy. Journalists Donald Strachan, Steve Keenan and Jasmine Boni Ball — who visit several times every year — have gathered a rich crop of local stories and written destination guides to help you make the most of your vacation. As they say in Italy, “Buon viaggio!”

March Festivals in Italy

Spring has almost (but not quite) sprung across much of the Italian peninsula. This month's major events and celebrations feature food, design, wine and an eccentric Tuscan Palio with donkeys instead of racehorses.

February Festivals in Italy

Spring has almost (but not quite) sprung across much of the Italian peninsula. This month's major events and celebrations feature food, design, wine and an eccentric Tuscan Palio with donkeys instead of racehorses.

January festivals in Italy

If you are visiting Italy in January, leave any New Year's resolutions at home. The month begins with Christian celebrations for the Three Kings, one of Italy's most important religious events. Enjoy costume processions, sweets and wine, plus a regatta with men dressed in witch costumes (don’t ask).

December Festivals in Italy

Events and festivities this December revolve around Christmas. The Christian holiday heralds religious processions and events, such as Midnight Mass at the Vatican. There is an abundance of eating, wine and song. Look forward to a music festival in one of Umbria’s enchanting cities and a historical re-enactment and food festival celebrating Tuscany’s most prized game meat.

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