I just caught wind of a few more fall events should any of you be lucky enough to be spending some time in Italy in the next few months.
Festa dell'Uva a Capoliveri, October 5-7, Capoliveri, Isola d'Elba: Now this is one Festa I would love to attend - it is a celebration of the harvest involving tasting of local wines and produce on the beautiful island of Elba. Each quarter of the city of Capoliveri challenges the others, dressing in historical outfits from many different periods. See www.elba-capoliveri.net for more information.
Gusto Balsamico, October 19-22, Modena, Emilia Romagna: Yet another one that makes me drool! A Fair celebrating vinegars and pickles from around the world. The festival is supported by Slow Food Italia and of course will showcase the local Balsamic Vinegar. There will be celebrations all over the city including an auction of antique vinegars, concerts and pasta competitions. I'm hoping someone out there goes to this and reports on it! See www.gustobalsamico.it for more on information.
Festa dell'Uva, October 20, Merano, Sud Tirol: Another celebration of the grape harvest in a breathtaking region - the Dolomites. The festival features a parade of citizens dressed in Tyrolean costumes, floats and concerts. See www.meran.eu for more information.
Festival Verdi, October 1-28, Parma, Emilia Romagna: At the Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Verdi di Busseto and Teatro Comunale di Modena featuring the operas of Oberto, Luisa Miller and La Traviata. See www.teatroregioparma.org for more information.
The Police, October 2, Turin: They're on their "Greatest Hits" tour after a 20-year hiatus. See www.thepolicefile.com for more information.