Saturday, August 25, 2007
Italian Events & Festivals
Should you be lucky enough to be traveling in Italy during the next months, you might want to check out some of these interesting events:
September 3-27: Settembre Musica, Milan, Lombardy & Turin, Piedmont
More than 80 concerts featuring famous and local composers and classical and contemporary music. Visit: www.comune.torino.it/settembremusica for more information.
September 7-9: Murabilia, Lucca, Tuscany
Come to the beautiful town of Lucca for their annual botany festival. 150 exhibitors transform the medieval walls of Lucca with plants, flowers, vegetables and bonsais. See http://www.murabilia.com/ for more information.
September 9: Campionato del Vino, Fiesole, Tuscany
This is right up my alley and I wish I could be there for it. This is a championship of wine in which teams of connoisseurs compete in a tasting tournament. There are also food and wine tastings for the public as well as debates and opportunities to learn more about the concept of Slow Food. (Sponsored by Slow Food Firenze.) For more information, visit: http://www.slowfoodfirenze.it/.
September 8: La Notte Bianca, Rome, Lazio
I have my friend at "My Melange" to thank for drawing my attention to this unique and fun event in Rome in which many tourists venues stay open all night long and public transportation is free after 10pm. What a great excuse to stay up all night long! Please see her article on it for all the details: http://www.mymelange.net/mymelange/2007/08/la-notte-bianca.html.
September 29-November 11: Fiera del Tartufo, Cuneo, Piedmont:
This annual Truffle Festival has become somewhat of a religious pilgrimage for foodies. The famous white truffles of Alba are the focal point for this festival in which many small events and participating restaurants provide the lucky tourist with plenty of opportunities to sample this delicacy. Of course, don't forget the perfect match with those truffles - the wines of Piedmont. In addition there are music events, exhibitions and more. For more information see http://www.fieradeltartufo.org/. The truffle season gets better towards the end of this festival, so go as late as you can, and the crowds are less in November than they are in October. I am offering a small group tour to this festival in early November 2008 - focusing on the food and wine of the Piedmont region. Please see Passionate Palate Tours for more information.
As always, if you are traveling in Italy and looking for fun things to do, be spontaneous. Keep an eye out for signs posted announcing local festivals or "Sagras". Following these signs will usually lead to local food festivals where you can witness and participate in a genuine slice of Italian life.