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"Religious, cultural and..." Italy Favorite Tip by ainhoaflies

Italy General: 753 reviews and 735 photos

Favorite thing: Religious, cultural and historical events fill the Italian calendar. The pre-Easter Carnival is closely associated with Venice, while Holy Week Easter processions are especially flamboyant at Taranto, Chieti and Sicily, and Florence explodes a cart full of fireworks on Easter Sunday.
Festivals honouring patron saints are also particularly colourful events; for example the Feast of San Nicola in Bari, the Feast of San Gennaro in Naples, the Festival of Snakes in Abruzzo and the Feast of Sant' Antonio in Padua (June). Events betraying more than a hint of history include the Race of the Candles and Palio of the Crossbow in Gubbio, the Sardinian Cavalcade, the Regata of the Four Ancient Maritime Republics (which rotates between Pisa, Venice, Amalfi and Genoa, and is held in June), Il Palio in Siena (July & August) and Venice's Historical Regatta (September). Unless otherwise noted, these festivals and events take place in May.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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