Spotlight City, Star-filled events, Europe’s Comicon, DaVinci exhibits, new Harvest Festivals and much more from Cultural Italy

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 10:30

Spotlight City, Star-filled events, Europe’s Comicon, DaVinci exhibits, new Harvest Festivals and much more from Cultural Italy

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Spotlight City: Milan
This is a city that offers so much. The cutting edge of fashion and design. Old world meets new in a city committed to its own evolution. Start your journey here.
Grottole
From Condé Nast Traveller

" The Little Italian village that's now getting noticed."

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Harvest
Truffles, Chocolate, Chestnuts.
Taste your way through this harvest season:
 
Festival of the Chestnut Monticello Amiata Tuscany October 11-13
 
CioccolandoVi Vicenza October 18 – 20
The very best are here with over 28 Master Chocolatiers at this delicious festival.
 
EuroChocolate Perugia October 18 - 27
 
Volterragusto Volterra Tuscany October 26 – November 3
Along with the markets and all celebrations of the tartufo (white truffle) there is the Palio dei Caci or cheese-rolling and archery competition fun for participants and audiences alike.

Cioccolatò Turin November 8 – 17
The most famous chocolate event with workshops aimed at educating the rich history of chocolate making tradition in Italy.

Contact Cultural Italy for tickets and more insider tips.

Holiday Travel Inspiration
Whether it's visiting the Christmas markets or skiing the slopes, it's never too early to make travel dreams a reality. The festivities of the season are found throughout Italy but each city has its own unique offerings. Here is a snapshot of events to celebrate the season:

Florence
Concerto di Natale December 22 Opera di Firenze - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
 
Milan
 Feast of Saint Ambrose December 7: A celebration not to be missed kicking off Oh Bej! Oh Bej! Christmas Fair around Castello Sforzesco and much more.
 
Matthias Goerne December 3 Teatro alla Scala
Renowned baritone performs Schumman with Leif Ove Andsnes on piano.
 
Special New Year's Eve Ballet performance December 31st Teatro alla Scala
 
Modena
La Notte di Natale Opera by Stefano Simone Pintor December 15/16 at Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti
 
 Rome
Una Serata Di Stelle per Il Bambino Gesù / A Star Evening for the Child Jesus November 20th Vatican
A fundraising event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital with national and international singers, film and television personalities and sports champions.
 
L'Immacolata Concezione December 8
While this this is celebrated throughout Italy, in Rome the Pope makes a pilgrimage to Piazza Mignanelli to leave a floral wreath at the statue of the Madonna, which firemen place for him.
 
Baroque Christmas Concerts at Capuchins Church
 Enjoy the original music by masters such as Palestrina, Victoria, Arcadelt, Lasso, Morales, Anerio, once composed for the Sistine Chapel choir performed by the prestigious Schola Romana Ensemble. In the wonderful Capuchins Church in Via Veneto, surrounded by the splendid sculptures, the frescoes and marbles, 
you will attend this special Baroque Christmas Concert. You will also visit the mysterious Capuchins Crypt decorated with more than 4000 bones!
 
Sicily
The Nutcracker Multiple Dates Teatro Massimo



Comics Concerts Films
 
NOTABLE UPCOMING EVENTS

Lucca 2019: Comics and Games Lucca October 30 – November 3
The Comicon of Europe celebrating comics, illustrations and games. Cosplayers rejoice as this festival is for the active participant and bystander alike. Guests include Master Hirohiko Araki creater of Jojo, Erik Larsen of Image Comics, Jim Starlin creator of Thanos and more.

Ocean Film Festival Various Locations October 14 – 24

James Morrison Milan October 17

Jazz and Wine of Peace Festival Cormons October 23 – 27
Bill Frisell Harmony, Dianne Reeves, John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension and more.

Ravello Festival through November 1

Postmodern Jukebox Milan November 11

Patti Smith Multiple Dates SELLING OUT
Trieste November 25
Spoleto December 3

Contact our Travel Designers for the latest offerings.
Threads of Silk
Did You Know...
The mulberry trees planted by the Duke of Milan proliferated the life of the silk worms, resulting in the silk industry in the north. This was immortalized by Leonardo DaVinci in a beautiful fresco painted on the walls and ceiling in Castello Sforzesco. The fresco was painted in the "Sala delle Asse" commissioned by the Duke. It was rediscovered later under wooden planks and has undergone multiple restorations. It is now open to the public with a wonderful multi-media experience commemorating Leonardo's anniversary.


See for yourself in our Leonardo DaVinci Trip

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Honeymooning in Italy

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Vacations For the Soul
“To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.”
- Elizabeth Gilbert

Tour Italy through The Four Elements

 
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