Interactive Italy Calendar

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Find out what is happening in Italy right now or right before your trip with the Interactive Italy Calendar. Events and tips are updated daily! For more in-depth listings of Italy holidays, festivals, football matches, anniversaries, concerts, and other events—or, in case this interactive calendar is acting up (happens)—visit the less technical Italy Calendar You … Read more

Procida: Italian Capital of Culture 2022

Marina Corricella Procida

Procida is the Italian Capital of Culture for 2022.

The small island in the Bay of Naples beat 10 other candidate cities — Ancona, Bari, Cerveteri, L’Aquila, Pieve di Soligo (Treviso), Taranto, Trapani, Verbania, Lake Maggiore, and Volterra — for the designation.

“The patrimonial and landscape dimension of the place is extraordinary.,” said Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini when announcing Procida as the Italian Capital of Culture 2022 on 18 January 2021. “The project could represent a model for sustainable projects and cultural development of the island and coastal realities of the country.”

Here is the video that Procida boosters submitted for consideration:

An island city with a population of approximately 10,000, Procida is located in Campania, a short ferry ride from Naples. It is, along with Capri and Ischia, one of the Flegrean Islands.

Pastel and pastoral, the island is defined by its calm marinas and quiet beaches.

Boats in a marina in Procida
Boats in Marina Corricella in Procida © Melanie Renzulli

Il Postino, the beloved 1994 film that mingled the poetry of Pablo Neruda with a tender love story, was filmed in Pozzo Vecchio in the wide cove now known as Spiaggia del Postino. “The project is also capable of transmitting a poetic message,” said Franceschini, alluding to the film. “A vision of culture that extends from the small reality of the island as a wish for all of us, to the country in the months that await us.”

Spiaggia del Postino | Photo by Melanie Renzulli
Spiaggia del Postino © Melanie Renzulli

Italian Capital of Culture designations began in 2014. This year, once again, the Ps have it.

Procida follows Parma, which held the title of Italian Capital of Culture in 2020 and 2021, an extended tenure owing to the disruption of the pandemic. Palermo was the “capital” in 2018, and Pistoia before that.

There was no Italian Capital of Culture in 2019, as Matera, Basilicata, held the title of European Capital of Culture that year.

The Italian Cultural Ministry has already announced that Brescia and Bergamo, two Lombardy towns that were hard hit by COVID-19, will be the dual Italian Capitals of Culture for 2023.

December in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

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December (Dicembre) is a popular month to travel in Italy for both Italians and foreign tourists, thanks to Christmas festivities and markets. Rome is especially busy at this time, as pilgrims flock to the city to attend special masses on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. What is the Weather in Italy in … Read more

November in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

Florence Ponte Vecchio; Free stock photo of ancient, architecture, bridge

November (Novembre) is the height of the low tourist season in Italy. One of the main reasons for this is because the weather is typically cold and rainy throughout the peninsula. But if you’re willing to endure grey days, November can be a fantastic time to be here. Fewer tourists means it is easier to … Read more

October in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

October (Ottobre) is one of the best months to be in Italy. October is one of the months of Italy’s shoulder season, which means that there are usually fewer tourists and shorter lines at attractions. Look for lots of local food and wine festivals during this month. What is the Weather in Italy in October? … Read more

September in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

Festive street in Naples, Italy

September (Settembre) is when you will find food festivals (sagre) dedicated to the flavors of autumn: porcini mushrooms, cinghiale, and more. A number of cities also celebrate their medieval traditions during September. September 19, the feast day of San Gennaro, is a local holiday in Naples. What is the Weather in Italy in September? Late … Read more

August in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

Faraglioni Rocks, Capri

In August, as Italians close shop and head to the beach or mountains, the tourist tide rolls in to cities like Rome, Milan, and Florence. There are still outdoor concerts, typically the continuation of festivals from July, and major sights are still open. But the pace of life in August is much hotter and slower and you may find that that restaurant you always wanted to visit chiuso per ferie — closed for holidays.

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July in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

July is the time for music, and there are tons of festivals throughout Italy this month to keep all kinds of music lovers happy. Some of the best are highlighted below. What is the Weather in Italy in July? July in Italy is typically hot and dry from north to south. On average, July is … Read more

April in Italy: Weather, Holidays & Festivals

Inside the Colosseum Ruins and Stage

With spring in full swing, April starts to gets busy with outdoor events, parades, and festivals. Easter usually falls during this month and Liberation Day, on the 25th, is a national holiday. What is the Weather in Italy in April? Parts of Italy can still be blustery and rainy in April. But overall, the weather … Read more