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Festival & Events in Italy

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Welcome to Italy!

Dear Passenger, dear Colleague,

In this section you may find some useful information about our Country.
Here follow, a brief list of the most interesting 'Festival & Events' which will be performed during this year.
Details regarding 'The Top 10 Best Places to visit in Italy', 'Best Museums in Italy' and 'Outlets List' can be downloaded here.
Information regarding the seasonality to visit Italy at the bottom of the page.

ITALY - FESTIVALS & EVENTS – 2015

Period

Events

Location

Details

JAN15

02/05JAN up to 6weeks

Winter Sales

Italy

Shopping

13-16JAN

Pitti Fashion

Florence

Fashion

22-24JAN

Pitti Children

Florence

Fashion

23-28JAN

Vicenza Gold

Vicenza

Exhibition

24-27JAN

Macef

Milan

Exhibition

31JAN-17FEB

Venice Carnival

Venice

Event

FEB15

12-14FEB

BIT Tourism Fair

Milan

Exhibition

26FEB-01MAR

Big Blu

Rome

Exhibition

25FEB-03MAR

Milan Fashion week

Milan

Event

MAR15

22MAR

Rome Marathon

Rome

Event

20-23MAR

Cosmoprof

Bologna

Exhibition

22-25MAR

Vinitaly

Verona

Exhibition

26-28MAR

BMT Tourism Exhibition

Naples

Event

APR15

14-19APR

Salone Int.le Mobile - Furnitures Fair

Milan

Exhibition

24APR-03MAY

79° Mostra Int.le Artigianato - Craftmade

Florence

Exhibition

APR - TBA

Torino Jazz Festival

Turin

Event

MAY15

01MAY-31OCT15

EXPO MILAN 2015

Milan

Exposition

17-18MAY

Infiorata di Noto

Sicily

Event

17MAY

Festa della Sensa - Ascension Festival

Venice

Event

MAY - TBA

Moto GP Mugello

Mugello

Sport

MAY - TBA

The Chianti Wine Festival

Tuscany

Event

JUN15

12-14JUN

52° Settecolli Trophy - Int.l Swimming

Rome

Sport

16-19JUN

Pitti Man

Florence

Fashion

JUL15

02JUL

Palio di Siena I

Siena

Event

06JUL up to 6weeks

Summer Sales

Italy

Shopping

10-19JUL

Umbria Jazz Festival

Perugia

Event

19-20JUL

Redentore Feast

Venice

Event

AUG15

16AUG

Palio of Siena II

Siena

Event

SEP15

02-12SEP

72° Int.l Film Festival

Venice

Arts

04-06SEP

Monza Formula 1 Grand Prix

Monza

Sport

SEP - TBA

Fiera del Levante - Levante Fair

Bari

Exhibition

11-13SEP

Moto GP S.Marino

Misano

Sport

28SEP-02OCT

Salone Int.le Ceramica – Ceramics

Cersaie

Exhibition

OCT15

OCT - TBA

Salone Nautico Genova - Nautical Fair

Genova

Exhibition

16-25OCT

EuroChocolate – Chocolate Fair

Perugia

Exhibition

NOV15

NOV - TBA

Roma Cinema Fest – Int.l Film Festivals

Rome

Arts

NOV15 - DEC16

Mercy Jubilee - Extraordinary Holy Year

 

Rome

Event

Pope Francis Announces Mercy Jubilee, an Extraordinary Holy Year from December 2015 to November 2016.

The Holy Year, or Jubilee, is one of the Catholic Church’s most important events, in which faithful make pilgrimages to Rome.

The last one, declared by John Paul II, was in 2000 and about 25 millions of pilgrims came to Rome to take part in religious festivities throughout the year. It was especially important because it celebrated the 2000th anniversary of the birth of Christ and because it was the first Holy Year marking the turn of a millennium: the earliest Jubilee was proclaimed by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

This will be the 29th Holy Year in the Church since the tradition started more than 700 years ago.

Holy Years normally take place every 25 years unless a pope decrees an extraordinary one to bring attention to a particular topic or need. The next one had been scheduled for 2025.

Faithful who make pilgrimages to religious sites during a Holy Year can receive indulgences, the highest form of forgiveness and the remission of punishment for sins.

The Vatican said the official proclamation of the Holy Year, a document called papal bull, has been published in April '15 (see above link).

The last extraordinary Holy Year was called in 1983 by Pope John Paul II to mark the 1,950 years after the death of Jesus. The “special” Holy Year does not alter the recurrence of Ordinary Jubilees.

 

DEC15

DEC - TBA

Motoshow Bologna

Bologna

Exhibition

 

Seasonality to visit Italy by month:

January and February are cold, wet or snowy. Tourism is very low, as are hotel and flight prices.
March and April are rainy and still much chillier than visitors often expect. Tourism surges briefly during Easter week, seeing many traditional Catholic festivities, including pilgrimages.
May and June are pleasantly warm throughout most of the country, attracting large amounts of tourists. Expect long lines and crowds, and high season pricing. Reservations for hotels, train travel, and museum entrances recommended.
July is essentially and extension of May and June, with continued heat, high prices, and long lines. 
August is likely the cruelest month, especially in cities. Visiting in August can be tricky, as it is still officially high season, but also the traditional vacation month in this country. In August, Italians wisely head for the cooler climes of mountains and beaches, all but abandoning hapless tourists in blistering city center. Expect chiuso per ferie ("closed for holiday") signs storefronts, particularly the week of Ferragosto, an important Italian holiday that falls on August 15. Attractions remain open in August, but often operating under limited hours. Reservations still highly recommended.
September's climate is improved slightly from August's, though it is still quite warm. Depending on the establishment and region, prices may begin to return to low season levels. (September would fall under the "mid" season price category used by some establishments). Businesses re-open, Italians return to work from their August holidays, and there are fewer tourists than in prior summer months.
October sees fewer tourists, low season prices, cooling temperatures and lovely fall landscapes - reasons, all, to make this month more attractive to visitors who can swing an off season vacation (more difficult if you have school-aged children).
November in Italy is cold and virtually empty of tourists. Count on low season pricing.
December is low season up until the period encompassing Christmas through the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6). As early as the week after Christmas, many Italians begin the popular settimana bianca, or "white week" of ski breaks, thus sending Alpine resorts into full swing. Christmas in Italy is an exciting, tradition-rich time to visit, worth considering for your second or third trip.

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