Visit Italy has selected the most Original and famous country festivals in Italy. Follow us in this journey throughout food and wine, folk culture and events in many Italian regions.

10. Brodetto Fest in Fano (Marche)

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Confirmed for this year, from the 10th to the 12th of September, there will be the BrodettoFest in Marche. The unmissable Fano's festival celebrates its flagship dish: fish soup, the famous Fano's "Brodetto". 

Besides tasting this typical dish at the festival, some restaurants in Fano propose in their menu the Brodetto for a special price, only for these days. 

9. Fish Festival in Camogli (Liguria)

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In Camogli, one of the most beautiful villages in Liguria, not far from Cinque Terre, celebrates the Fish Festival. At the end of September, they organize a record-breaking fried fish pan. 

Besides irresistible cargos of fried fish, you can taste the delicious focaccia with cheese too. 

8. Montella's Chestnut PGI Festival (Campania)

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As well as many folkloristic public events and feasts in Campania, this one seems to be at risk. Anyway, it is one of the best! So take note for next year (2022).

Montella's chestnut PGI Festival is one of the most famous wine and food events in Irpinia. Usually, it takes place during the first weekend of November. With this festival, they want to celebrate the chestnut, delicious fruit of the area.

In 1987, their chestnut received the Denomination of Protect Origin (DOC), and it was the only case of fruit and vegetable product in Italy to be part. Then in 1992, the UE Commission gave Montella's Chestnut the recognition of Indicazione Geografica Protetta (IGP) - Protect Geographic Indication (PGI). 

Since 1977, they organise this festival to promote Montella's Chestnut, an autumn fruit with excellent nutritional properties. 

7. Piadina Festival in Bellaria (Emilia-Romagna)

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Piadina Romagnola is the typical flatbread of Emilia-Romagna. This year, the festival is from the 10th to the 12th of September in Bellaria Igea-Marina, close to Rimini. 

You will find sweet and salad Piadinas, made with traditional or new recipes, filled in more than forty ways. There will be the assignation of the cup for the tastiest Piada. 

Festival of the Pallet with the mushrooms in San Giuliano Terme (Tuscany)

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In Madonna dell'Acqua, area of San Giuliano Terme (near Pisa), there is the Festival of the Pallet with the mushrooms, an event that is very successful every year. This year, concerning the anti-Covid rules, it takes place inside the church, in Via Della Murella 34, for three different weekends (23-24-25 of July, 30-31 July, 1st August and 6-7-8 of August). 

The Pallets are very known in Tuscany, but not really outside the region. 

The pallet's recipe consists of a soft corn polenta of a consistency similar to semolina pudding. It is served on a soup plate with a tasty mushroom or meat sauce, otherwise with delicious cheese fondue or vegetable sauce. 

During the festival, it is possible to taste this dish in different combinations.  

5. Polentone Festival in Rieti (Lazio)

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They deleted the edition 2021 because of the pandemic. Anyway, for the edition 2022, we have already a date (on Sunday the 6th of March). It is the first Sunday of Lent and, in Castel di Tora, in Largo del Turano, close to Rieti, there's the Polentone Feast. This festival celebrates the most representative dish of the town. 

The castle's location is in a dominant position. It is one of the most beautiful villages in Lazio. The festival takes root in the far 1920. Here, they dress polenta with herring, tuna, salt cod and anchovy, which enrich the Sugo Magro, prepared by the village's women. 

This local food tradition is so old and rooted that Castel di Tora has become an official Italian Polentari's Cultural Association member.  


4. Peperoncino Festival in Diamante (Calabria)

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From the 8th to the 12th of September, there is a must-see appointment in Calabria. It is Peperoncino Festival. 

Diamante is the peperoncino's world capital. Five days of conferences, tasting, cabaret, market, focus on "spicy news" from five continents and the historic challenge among peperoncino's eaters. 

3. Pumpkin Festival in Venzone (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)

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Unfortunately, also this event, even if we have confirmed days for this year (the 23rd and the 24th of October), it is not sure yet it will be. Because they want completely sort Covid19's situation. Anyway, in Venzone, there is one of the most famous pumpkin's feasts in Italy. 

This link between Venzone and the pumpkin took origin from a curious story when the city decided to build the church's bell tower. They called a master from Udine. He covered it with brass and put on a wonderful golden ball with a cross. But, when the municipality had to pay him, they offered him one-third of what they have agreed. The master thanked them but, unsatisfied, during the night swapped the ball with a gold-painted pumpkin. 

Over time, the pumpkin deteriorated and fallen into many pieces. So they discovered the joke. 

2. Santa Rosalia Feast in Palermo (Sicily)

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One of the deepest events in Palermo is Santa Rosalia's Feast, patron saint of the Sicilian city. The feast is the night between the 14th and the 15th of July. They bring the chariot triumphantly along the parade till Foro Italico, where there is the fireworks show

One of the main aspects of this feast is the food and wine. During the celebration, you can taste typical dishes, such as the boiled octopus (in Sicilian "l’u purpu vugghiutu"), Sfincione, a symbol of Palermo street food (a sort of soft bread dressed with a sauce of onion, anchovy, caciocavallo cheese and breadcrumb), and then, snails and frozen watermelon. 

1. Golden Onion Festival in Banari (Sardinia)

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On Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of July 2021, in Banari, there will be the Golden Onion Festival. Banari is a town of Meilogu, not far from Sassari. Indeed, the golden onion is a typical product that grows up only here. 

They organise the festival respecting the eco-sustainability standards and using eco-friendly materials for setting up. There is a service dedicated to waste collection. 

You can taste typical dishes made of the delicious protagonist onion, drink good wine and walk along the ancient streets of the village. There will be the occasion to buy on for the entire Summer these big, sweet and tasty onions, famous everywhere in Italy.  

The program in the plan for the two days is most interesting.

  • On Saturday the 24 of July 2021: the first day is dedicated mainly for the typical dishes' tasting, made with the onion. They are made for the occasion by Banari's Pro Loco and the other Pro locos of Bessude, Thiesi, Uri, Villanova Monteleone and Sestu, who come for the event. During the day, you may take part in a guided excursion too, discovering the Banari's land.  
  • On Sunday the 25 of July 2021: the second day is dedicated mainly to a meeting and the cooking challenge: a prize competition where the attendants can show their dishes made with onion that a jury made of chefs will judge and decree the winner.

The festival will be in Piazza Umberto I. During the event, there will be stalls of local handcraft, folkloristic music entertainment and much more. 

The event's organizers are APS Pro Loco di Banari and Camera di Commercio di Sassari. It is part of the Salude & Trigu project, a platform to promote Northern Sardinia

For more info about the festival, we invite you to contact the contact person Luciana Lassu:

  • Phone Number: (+39) 3401204057
  • E-mail: prolocobanari@gmail.com


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