The most important Italian festivals and traditional celebrations

Italian festivals

Italian festivals have to be one of the reasons most people decide to carry on learning the language as it is very fascinating. In this article, we are going to look into some of the Italian festivals that are considered important to the Italians and you never know, you just might start wishing that you lived in the country.


This is one of the most important Venice festivals where art is exhibited. It normally takes place on 29th November every year. The music and art exhibitions take place in many various locations throughout the city. 

If you are in Venice during this time, it’s a nice opportunity to enter into mansions and enjoy their art and architecture.


This Italian holiday is also known as Italy Republic Day. It takes place on 2nd June.

If you happen to be in Rome during this Italian holiday, then you’ll get to enjoy Italy’s patriotic military parade. 


This is a Venice festival and takes place on May 31st.

During this Venice festival, boats and rowers are brought and a friendly competition takes place through some of the most scenic lagoons and canals in the region.  If you get an opportunity to be a part of the Venice festival you’ll get to see the Venetian traditions and handicrafts. 

Italian holidays and traditions


This is one of the most traditional Italian feasts. The remains of Saint Ranieri are said to be placed in a vase at the Cappella dell’Incoronata at the capital’s Cathedral. A special Italian feast was held during that time (1688) including a “Luminera” where the prominent buildings and the river were all light up using lamps and candlelight.

Up to this day during this Venice festival which takes place on June 16-17, the cathedrals and buildings are all lit up with many candles. This makes an incredible sight due to the water reflections by the lights. 

Many fireworks are also light and add to the beautiful sight. The festival ends with an Italian feast that takes place on the 17th and boat races.

You should definitely make a point to go to Italy during this time.


During Easter Holy Week, it is very common to find pilgrimages and processions filling streets across Sicily City.

The most prominent of all during this Italian tradition is the Procession of The Mysteries. It is one of the oldest Italian festivals as it started in the early 1400s. It is the longest Italian festival in a staggering 24 hours. The mysteries are illustrations of the passion and death of Christ. They are paraded through the city along with sounds, lights, sounds, and astonishingly emotional multitudes. 

The parade begins at Anime Sante Del Purgatorio Church at around 2 p.m. on Good Friday and ends with a coming back to the same church at 2 p.m. on Black Saturday. 

If you are looking to learn more about what happens during the Easter holiday in Italy, have a look at this.  It is both a religious as well as a cultural event so if you’re looking for an authentic Italian festival you should make a point to travel to Italy as this is one not to be missed.


These are just some of the Italian holidays and traditions. If you’d like to get an authentic experience, then you should consider taking up Italian lessons with us.

This will help you understand Italian festivals from a different perspective. Book yourself an Italian class and set the ball rolling. 

Till next time!

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