There's a mixture of history, thrill and deliciousness in these festivals, dig in:
Calcio Storico Fiorentino, June, Florence MMA fans meet the 16th century version mixture of soccer, rugby and wrestling with matches culminating in a playoff June 24th.
Festa della Madonna Bruna, July 2, Matera For over 600 years, the 'Shepards' procession begins at dawn through neighborhoods greeting the picture of the Virgin Mary, starting the festival which culminates in fireworks late in the evening.
Monteriggioni Medieval Festival , July 6-15, Tuscany For two weekends, this town transforms back in time with food, arts and crafts, concerts. Those visitors can 'transform' with costume rentals and even exchange currency and watch historical re-enactments.
Ferrera Balloon Festival, September 6-15, Bologna One of the largest hot air ballooning festival in Europe, plenty of things to do on and off the ground!
Peperoncino Festival, September 11-15, Diamante One "HOT" celebration of chili peppers with theatrical performances, stilt walkers and street performers, something for everyone!
Altrocioccolato Chocolate Festival October 25-27,Città di Castello Part cultural event and ecological conference that offers panels on fair trade and ecological sourcing, a traveling museum, chocolate making processes, music and street artists, even make your own non-toxic screen print t-shirt!
Festal del Cornuto, November, Rome For those unlucky in love, this festival of the horns in the village of Rocca Canterano outside Rome is something to get a good laugh in. Participants can wear horns and let the town comfort you.
Oh Bej! Oh Bej!, December 8, Milan 'Oh Beautiful' is the cry heard in this festival celebrating Fiera di Sant' Ambrogio kicks off the Christmas Market season with candies and surprises, the most popular in Milan.
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The Legend of Morricone Tribute to legendary film composer, Ennio Morricone, by the Ensemble Symphony Orchestra directed by Giacomo Loprieno. A unique experience with masterpieces from Mission, The Legend of 1900, Once Upon A Time in the West, Cinema Paradiso and more:
June 8 Cava Lazzareschi, Carrara June 28 Teatro Romano, Fiesole July 4th Teatro Sociale, Como July 19th Piazza del Duomo, San Gimignano July 27th Cortile Ex Caserma Musso, Salluzzo July 29th Piazza del Popolo, Vasto
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Did You Know... Straight out of a fairy tale, Scaliger Castle is truly a sight to behold. Located in Lake Garda, the castle once served as defense and a port, now historical center of Sirmione. One of the more preserved and complete castles in Italy, a drawbridge offers visitors access through the walkways of the walls and up to the tower.