Montorio Al Vomano’s carnival celebration, La Morte di Carnevale, is held unusually on Ash Wednesday and since its inception lampooned established authorities to show that spontaneity, irony, satire, freedom and, therefore ‘Carnival’ itself had in fact died with the regime.
Events & Sagre
Don’t miss the chance to join the Marsican town of Collelongo’s traditional & very unique 4 century year old San’Antonio celebrations – songs, a glass or two of wine, a bowl of ‘cicerocchi’ and oranges!
Christmas markets in Abruzzo (Mercatini di Natale) are beautiful, short and sweet experiences that celebrate the Immaculate Conception which is a national holiday in Italy. Here’s our guide to to let you know which one is hosted in a castle, who has a beer festival, where can you buy chocolate & white truffles and more
Cantine nella Roccia is a 3-day open cellar extravaganza held in stunning Tagliacozzo (AQ) every October, which celebrates the local harvests and lets you sample traditional,tasty dishes and wines as you explore the town
Join us for a historical hands-on Abruzzo day excursion on Thursday 8th August to explore the rich cultural and archaeological heritage of Abruzzo, the region that gave birth to the name ‘Italia’
Join us to uncover more of Abruzzo’s stunning landscapes with the help of author Stuart Haines’ who will artfully guide us on a free pop-up Abruzzo walk taken from his new book, ‘Walking in Abruzzo’.
Pop-Up-Abruzzo: A Wild Valley & Gorge Walk with Author Stuart Haines
There are 66 Abruzzesi venues that will be opening their doors for free on 23rd March as part of FAI’s Spring Open Day that aims to preserve, promote and protect the region’s rich and beautiful cultural heritage
A pop-up day of adventure on Saturday April 27th in one of Italy’s officially…
A papier-mâché costume disguises a man and fireworks whose enthralling rhythmic dance to local…
With its fairytale views the super friendly Poggio Umbricchio is the Abruzzo town to snuffle out & sample the rare king of truffles, Autumn’s White Truffle
Intimate concerts held in some of the oldest and most beautiful Benedictine Abbeys in Abruzzo are featured in the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and we have 2 pairs of tickets to win!
Listen to a TV or Radio show with an Italian in it and you’d almost be surprised if he wasn’t called Tony, but do you know why or about Saint Anthony Abbot
Scrabbling about for sweeties thrown by a feisty witch, walking around the village behind a big bass drum, dancing to polka, eating sausage pizza accompanied by soft fruity wines is just part of the experience of celebrating La Befana in our village in Abruzzo
Easter in Abruzzo in a simple snapshot: exploring its ceremonies and processions over the revered holy weekend and recipes eaten locally to welcome spring and take on the first picnic of the year
Here in Abruzzo, Italy it’s the 1st & 2nd November that celebrates the magic of Autumn & reflects on the past and present familial bond which keeps Italy going
Fara Filiorum Petri’s combustible victory re-enactment is breathtaking and loud, imagine 15 x 7 m high reed farchie interlaced with bangers being lit!
Festa di San Zopito got me interested in the stories behind the monumental white ox with his carefully trimmed & polished hooves, multi-coloured ribbons & bells
Outside petting corners and bunnies destined for the pot, Teramo Agricultural Fair was a foodie heaven, with 3/5 of the 200 exhibitors, farmers selling produce
Navelli has a new found growing fame as host to an alternative Palio; the colourful Palio degli Asini –yep a unmissable Donkey Race like no other in the world
Ancient Rome celebrated the Fors Fortuna on the 24th June that later morphed into John the Baptist’s birthday and a night of fire and nuts in Barisciano
What do I love most about Italy’s Giro? The vivid colours that sweep past & almost catch you off balance as you swivel to stay with the leaders but[t] end
It’s difficult not to feel that Sulmona’s Easter re-enactment of ‘La Madonna che Scappa’ symbolises Spring throwing off the dark winter months
I felt compelled to visit Chieti’s La processione del Venerdì Santo, Italy’s oldest Easter Good Friday procession after a friend said how it’d make the hairs on my neck stand up
Francavilla al Mare’s Carnevale d’Abruzzo had but 5 tractor-pulled floats but for sheer numbers of gappy smiles it shone like there is no tomorrow
Dog-sled is not something I’d imagine I’d be a spectator to, but then Abruzzo throws up all sorts of unexpected surprises as ‘alternative’ days out
The Wicker Man & Montezuma’s sacrificial Aztec fires popped into mind at first glance of Tossicia’s vast log pyramid ready to be lit in praise of San Antonio
Abruzzo’s perennial flowering as host of a leading Jazz festival grows ever stronger with its 13th annual celebration of female jazz legends this year
For those that wonder how Abruzzo girlies stay so slim, outside there being plenty of hills and mountains to walk up & down, welcome to the skill of portare
Our visit up to Poggio Umbricchio, for their fuoco on the 9 December to celebrate Loreto’s Santa Casa di Loreto, came about from reading On the Spine of Italy
It was almost a case of “olived-out” courtesy of the omnipresent olive-based conversations, that is until an olive sagra down in San Vincenzo Valle Roveto!
The ‘Waiting for the Snow’ festival up at the Abruzzo ski resort of Prati di Tivo, 1450 masl in the Gran Sasso Mountains, is held by Italy’s 2nd oldest ski club
Needin’ the nuts? We recommend the chestnut (castagne) festa in Senarica di Crognaleto, Abruzzo on the 3rd or 4th weekend of October depending on harvesting
Cheese rolling or, to give its Italian name, Gara di Ruzzola, is not the first thing that comes to mind when one talks about Gessopalena
Somebody described cherries as beautiful butterflies, you blink and they’re gone, hence Raiano’s seasonal sagra being utterly unique in Abruzzo’s sagre calendar
My big fat Ferragosto isn’t probably what I should be calling this most pleasurable of Italian feast days
Visiting Abruzzo’s Campovalano Tartufo Sagra is a time to indulge in some olfactory summer truffle loving
Abruzzesi bicyclists, Giro lovers and admirers of spandex-clad men were out in force to cheer the competitors of Il Giro 2010
Cocullo’s snake festival must win awards for being not just one of Italy’s strangest festivals, but also for being the most multi-cultural
Thanks to global warming La Befana is going to have to navigate through some strange old weather as she visits the children in Abruzzo to celebrate Epiphany
Cerqueto provided us with an outstanding opportunity to briefly access the true festive spirit, thanks to its awe-inspiring “living nativity”
Villa Maggiore’s Tripe Festival entails 3 days of eating tripe whilst villagers get jiggy to traditional music that seems to have been mixed by Berlusconi
To celebrate the historic event of Lucrezia Borgia’s Abruzzo elopment to Castiglione della Valle (aka Castrum Leonis Vallis) an annual August festival is held
For those that do not go to church at home but are planning an Abruzzo Christmas, do try and go to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve (Vigilia di Natale) in Italy
Christmas Eve Menus in Abruzzo do uphold the religious aspect of Christmas with the focus on fish & more fish! Italian culture upholds ‘fare bella figura’