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Italy Festivals

Italian festivals celebrate not only religious occasions but a love of the land, tradition and culture. There are numerous processions and feasts for the various patron saints throughout the year so your visit is bound to coincide with at least one such event. Carnevale (the last 10 days before Lent, ends on Shrove Tuesday) is celebrated in Viarregio, Venezia (Venice) and Sardinia and involves masked fancy dress parades and balls, themed floats and firecrackers. Holy Week from Palm to Easter Sunday is widely celebrated with religious processions and culminates in the Papal Address on Easter Sunday in Rome. Holidayloop.co.uk offers Italy holiday rental and Villa rentals. You can rent a private apartment in Viarregio directly from your local home owner. Infiorata on Corpus Christi day in June sees a procession through the streets of Genzano (Lazio) which are carpeted in beautiful flowers. Christmas fairs and markets such as the Mercato della Befana in Roma (Rome)and Napoli (Naples)are popular in December.
 
Italians are passionate about food and wine and gastronomic festivals called sagre take place all year round.  In mid-March sparkling wine is celebrated at MostraVini Spumante in the village of Madonna di Campigliowhile in late May in Ora the apple is celebrated at Festa della Mela (Both these villages are inthe region Trentino-Alto Adige). Borgo San Martini (Piedmont) holds a Fiesta della Fragola (Strawberry Festival) in June with musical and folkloric performances. In the second week of September the Chianti region holds the Rassegna del Chianti Classico where you can sample local wines. Fiera del Tartufo on the first Sunday in October in Alba (Piedmont) celebrates the locally grown delicious white truffle. Holidayloop.co.uk brings together a great collection of Italy holiday accommodation, Italy holiday apartments, Italy holiday villas and Apartments. Holidayloop.co.uk is unique in providing Italy holiday lettings because we are the only site that allows you to find someone local to you who may have advertised their Italy home.
 
Historic festivals are also popular such as the famous Tuscan Corsa del Palio held on the 2nd of July in Siena which involves a dare-devil horse-race around the Piazza del Campo and a medieval flag- waving demonstration. If you happen to be in Venezia on the first Sunday in September look out for the Regata Storica a flotilla of historic boats followed by a gondola race while in Arezzo (Umbria) that same weekend the Giostra del Saracino re-enacts a 13th century joust between the Saracens and knights.
 
Being Italy cultural festivals abound. Firenze (Florence)hosts its largest arts festival Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in May/June with dance, drama and musical performances throughout the city. Sicilia (Sicily) hosts a Festival of Greek Drama in Syracuse also in May/June. The Biennale di Venezia from June to Septemberis the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary art whilst visitors to Perugia (Umbria) in July can enjoy their renowned Jazz Festival. Verona is the place to be for opera lovers during July and August and film lovers should head for Taormina (Sicilia) in July/August for their International Film Festival followed by the Venice Film Festival in late August/early September. Those lucky enough to visit Italy in late March/early April can take advantage of Settimana Beni Culturali – a week of freeadmissions to state museums and galleries – in which case head for either Rome, Florence or Venice! Visit festivals during a holiday in Venice or Sardinia, Italy, staying in self catering accommodation which makes an ideal family holiday.

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