6 great Italian activities this Spring

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Here are six of the best events taking place in Italy this spring.

Here are six of the best events taking place in Italy this spring.

Corsa de Ceri in Gubbio
Corsa de Ceri in Gubbio. Photo: GregTheBusker

Race of the Candles (Festa dei Ceri)

What: A ceremonial parade
When: May 15
City: Gubbio
Location: Through the town
The streets of Gubbio are jam-packed with people as three huge wooden “candles” (seven metres high) are paraded through the town. Dating back to 1160, the ceremony is a tribute of devotion to a former Bishop. To carry one of the ceros (candles) is a huge honour for a member of the community, and the spirit and passion of the whole crowd reflects this.

Open Rome
The doors of the city’s most beautiful buildings are thrown open during Open Rome. Photo: David Paul Ohmer

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Open House Roma

What: Open viewing of normally restricted public and private buildings
When: May 4-5
City: Rome
Location: 170 spaces across the capital
Rome is revered for its architecture. For one weekend each year the public is invited to explore the city’s finest long-established and recently conceived examples. Access is free. Building visits are enriched with talks and tours run by experts.

Prosecco vineyards
Prosecco vineyards. Photo: Gruenemann

Spring in Prosecco

What: Wine festival celebrating the sparkling wine produced in the Prosecco region
When: Until June 9
City: Treviso and surrounding areas
Location: Treviso, Valdobbiadene, Conegliano, Cartizze
Every spring, many of Prosecco’s vineyards open their doors, inviting visitors to learn about the wine production process.

Mille Miglia 2012
Mille Miglia 2012. Photo: Veridiano3

Mille Miglia


What: Classic car race
When: May 16-19
City: Departs from Brescia
Location: Lake Garda, Padua, Ferrara, Terni, Rome and then back to Brescia via Siena, Florence, Modena and Cremona
From 1927 to 1957 the Mille Miglia was a competitive open-road endurance race. Today, it’s the world’s most prestigious classic car parade and tour. Only cars that took place in the original races between 1927 and 1957 can enter the event these days. This stipulation sees an entry list filled with ultra rare sports cars, many of which hold multi-million pound values.

Borderline: Artists Between Normality and Madness

What: Art exhibition
When: Until June 16
City: Ravenna
Location: Museo d’Arte della città di Ravenna
This exhibition examines the link between psychological abnormalities and art, a subject that has often fascinated art critics and psychologists alike. The Art Brut features prominently. Works on show by, among others, Bosch, Dali’, Goya, Basquiat, Ligabue.

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival

What: Classical music and dance festival
When: May 2 through June 24
City: Florence
Location: Various venues in the city
The Stabile Orchestrale Fiorentina was born in 1928 and in 1933 it organised its first festival. Today, the event enjoys international notoriety. The Festival has its own Ballet Company called Maggio Dance. The programme this year includes; Don Carlo, Macbeth, The Rape of Lucretia, and various concerts directed by Claudo Abbado and Daniel Baremboim.

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