Italians love to come together and celebrate, and what better way to do that than with a festival? Italy’s festivals have become famous all over the world for their scale and eccentricity. Over the centuries they have become bigger and better. Each month, you’ll find several various festivals taking place and the Italians don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy as many as possible!

Whether you’re a lover of Italian food, a sports enthusiast or just generally up for a good time, you will no doubt want to experience an Italian festival on your travels. Italian festivals are a great way to experience true Italian culture and traditions. Here are a few that are still to take place this year that you might like to attend on your upcoming travels!

Regatta, Venice (September)

September is a fantastic time to visit Venice, as Venetians return from their summer travels to see their city come alive with Autumn events. On the first Sunday of September, Venetians celebrate their naval prowess with a colourful procession of traditional boats, rowing boats and gondolas. This is Venice’s biggest boat racing event of the year and it comes with no shortage of fun! Once the procession is over, the rowers take to the water with a series of races. Beginning on the Grand Canal, rowing to the Constitution Bridge and then reversing the course back to Ca’ Foscari.

Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco d’Alba, Alba (October)

A must for every foodie visiting Italy – a trip to a tartufo (truffle) fair! Taking place every weekend from early October through to mid-November, Alba’s white truffle market fair is one of Italy’s finest. It celebrates one of the world’s most prized culinary treasures. The festival begins with a night of gastronomic stands and concerts and concludes with a white truffle walk for tourists and the world truffle auction.

Oh Bej! Oh Bej!, Milan (December)

Signalling the start of Milan’s festive season, is the festival ‘Oh Bej! Oh Bej!’ (Oh Beautiful! Oh Beautiful!) Commencing on 7th December and running for a few days through to 10th December, this is the oldest and most important Christmas Market in Milan. The fair takes place in front of Sforza Castle, attracting thousands of tourists every single year. Most stalls display antiques, bric-a-brac, clothes, toys, Christmas decorations, sweets and winter delicacies.

The Fair is one of the oldest traditions of the city and originates back as far as 1288. Foodies, don’t leave without trying the Firunatt – traditional strings of smoked chestnuts.

A taste of Italy here in Birmingham

Join us at Pasta Di Piazza for delicious home cooked authentic Italian food. You will feel like you are attending a food festival with our buzzing atmosphere and array of traditional dishes on offer. Located in the heart of Birmingham’s thriving Jewellery Quarter, we offer a delicious Italian experience all year round.

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