12 things to do in 2014 – in Italy!

Whichever time of year you choose to visit Italy, you can be sure there’s always going to be some kind of historic festival, food fair, or sporting event being celebrated. Here’s our month-by-month selection of some of the best!

 

January

January

Ski down the snow-covered slopes of  Sicily’s Mount Etna and, who knows, if you’re lucky, you might even get to see one of Europe’s most volatile volcano’s spectacular eruptions too!

 

February

February

Experience Ivrea’s crazy carnival celebrations  and join the locals getting thoroughly splattered with citrus fruit during the town’s historic Battle of the Oranges.

 

March

March

Run the Rome Marathon, held on the third Sunday in March. The 42km race starts at the Roman Forum and passes by some of the most famous sites in the Italian capital before ending at the Colosseum.

 

 April

April

Hike up to Piani di Castelluccio to see Umbria’s famous lentil fields in full bloom (and don’t forget to bring a bag or two of the highly-prized protein-packed pulses home with you!).

 

May

May

Get married in Italy! If you’ve found the love of your life, all you need now is to find the perfect location in which to tie-the-knot. A medieval castle, a panoramic terrace, a lakeside villa, a secluded beach, an enchanting island? Italy’s got the lot!

 

June

June

There’s only one place to be on June 24th and that’s Florence, when the San Giovanni Feast Day is celebrated and the final of the city’s calcio storico or historic football game is played to packed crowds in Piazza Santa Croce.

 

July

July

Make your way down to the Amalfi Coast and to the little fishing village of Furore and watch in awe as adrenaline junkies from all four corners of the world launch themselves off the cliffs into the sea in the hope of winning the annual High Diving Championship.

 

August

August

Go to Tuscany and the magnificent medieval city of Siena  to see the Palio horse race. The race is run on August 16th but it’s well worth arriving a few days before so as to get a glimpse of the elaborate pre-palio rituals.

 

September

September

Grab your gondola and sail to Venice where, on the first Sunday in September, the Regatta Storica – the lagoon city’s historic boat race – takes place.

 

October

October

Chocoholic? At least once in your lifetime you simply must visit Eurochocolate, the weeklong chocolate festival held in the beautiful Umbrian city of Perugia each October.

 

November

November

Funghi fans should head to Piedmont and Alba to attend the beautifully conserved medieval city’s White Truffle Festival, one of the biggest truffle festivals in the whole of Italy.

 

December

December

Celebrate the festive season in Rome and on Christmas Eve attend the midnight mass given by the Pope in Saint Peter’s Basilica and projected onto a mega screen in Saint Peter’s square.

 

 

 

 

 

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