In Italian, Assaggiare, to try, taste it. Here's a few Fall Festivals to wet the appetite:
Festa della Rificolona Florence September 7-8 A celebration of Virgin Mary’s birthday. The tradition dates to the 17th century with a huge food fair and the streets lit up with beautiful paper lanterns.
Sherbeth International Gelato Festival Sicily September 26-29
Cesena International Street Food Festival October 4-6 This festival features street food from around the world, with cooking demonstrations and workshops.
EurHop Beer Festival Rome October 4-6 This beer festival boasts over 400 taps from international breweries, with beer-tastings education and scrumptious food.
Merano Grape Festival South Tyrol October 18-20 This festival celebrates the harvest of the grapes, with a colorful parade with traditional clothing.
Autumn in Pavia October 18-21 For the food lovers, professionals and those just desiring to taste the best, come see demonstrations, exhibits and indulge.
Perched perfectly among vineyards of the hilltop medieval village of La Morra, The Relais Le Rocche offers modern luxury in the landscapes of Piedmont. Nestled within 25 square miles of park, guests can take in the landscapes and relax in privacy. To take in the sweeping views, the hotel offers air balloon or helicopter rides. For the wine adventurer tastings of the region’s most famous Barolo will delight. Guests can savor flavors of the region at the buffet during pre-dinner aperitifs or take in a truffle hunting excursion or cooking class. Outdoor adventurers can mountain bike or hike, or ride through the hills on horseback to soothe the soul. After adventures the outdoor pool or private outdoor Finnish sauna will take the aches away.
From the blog: Once only accessible by sea, this rugged coastline is a perfect place to take a sailing tour to see the terraced green hills, explore ancient villages and discover beautiful natural wonders.
Pergolesi Spontini Festival - Ancona through September 29 22 days, 28 events in 10 locations includes 2 world premieres, 3 new commissions, 5 events for the whole family: musical, social opera and concerts from baroque to classic, from jazz to pop, poetry, visual design, mapping, robotics, clown, dance, art, storytelling, food and wine, astronomy.
Dinamico Festival Reggio Emilia September 5-8 Contemporary Circus Performances including acrobats, jugglers, clown, puppet theatre and music with family-friendly performances.
Clown & Clown Festival Monte San Giusto September 29-October 6 The city of smiles hosts this festival welcoming performers from around the world for food, fun and performances ranging in acrobatics, jugglers, circus performers, musicians and magic!
Capuchins Crypt: Sacred Music in the Heart of Rome with Dinner Wednesday evenings through October.
James Morrison Milan October 17
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ballet Music by Felix Mendelsshon-Bartholdy Naples October 18-23
Gianni Morandi: Tonight game at home - A lifetime of songs 16 concerts Bologna starting November 1.
Postmodern Jukebox Milan November 11
Lady Be Good Opera Music by George and Ira Gershwin Naples November 21-24
Preview Holiday Concerts and Events:
Sukhishvili National Ballet of Georgia Salerno December 8-10 Carmen Opera Torino December 10-22 Pinocchio - Opera Venice December 13-21 La Notte di Natale - Opera Modena December 15 Lo Schiaccianoci The Nutcracker Sicily December 15-23 Sylvia Ballet Milan December 15-January 15 Concerto di Natale Bergamo December 22nd
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A Trojan Hero's Journey
Did You Know... Made famous by Virgil's poetic journey The Aeneid, Erice is a step back into ancient times. Known as the city of a hundred churches, this medieval village outside of Palermo is a walk through history. Wander through the beautiful churches and buildings, even take a hike to the summit of three of churches. Discover the Spanish neighborhood built during Spanish rule. Find the Venus tower and it's nearby Balio garden to take in the panoramic view. But most important is to savor and indulge in the aromas and tastes you'll find in Erice's many pastry shops, including Maria Grammatico's shop.