Events

Feb
28
Wed
Ivrea Italy Battle of the Oranges @ Ivrea, Italy
Feb 28 all-day

Ivrea Italy Battle of the Oranges is upon us!

 

Traditions

Every year on the third week of February, the city of Ivrea (Piedmont) celebrates the Battle of the Oranges. This is an event that attracts thousands of people from all over the city (and beyond). Participants divide themselves into 9 teams and fight in a real battle pelting oranges at each other.  The Historical Carnival of Ivrea is the city’s most important festival.  During this time the Ivrea community celebrates its right to decide for itself, commemorating an incident that is said to date back to medieval times, when the starving townspeople were freed from the tyranny of an evil baron.

 

According to legend, around 1200 A.D. the baron was overthrown thanks to the rebellion of a miller’s daughter, Violetta.  Violetta, betrothed to Toniotto, refused to abide by the ”jus prime noctis’ imposed by the tyrant on all young brides. She went to the castle, beheaded the baron and incited the people to revolt, leading to the destruction of the castle. The Orange Battle re-enacts this rebellion. The people, interpreted by the nine teams of orange-throwers on foot, fight the overlord’s army. They are personified by the throwers on horse-drawn carts wearing protective clothing and masks recalling ancient armor.

 

The Ivrea Italy Battle of the Oranges involves some thousands of townspeople, and takes place during the last three fat carnival days: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The carnival takes place 40 days before Easter and it ends on the night of “Fat Tuesday” with a solemn ceremony that involves a funeral in honour of the concluded Carnival.

Location

The Battle of the Oranges takes place in Ivrea, in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. Ivrea lies in a basin that in prehistoric times formed a large lake. Today a number of five smaller lakes surround the town area — Sirio, San Michele, Pistono, Nero and Campagna.

 

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Mar
12
Tue
Barcelona – Marathon 2017 @ Barcelona
Mar 12 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The 2017 Barcelona Marathon is one of the most popular marathons in Europe. Every year in March, all adventure-seeking runners have the opportunity to explore this beautiful city. Zúrich insurance Company sponsors again the 2017 edition of the Barcelona marathon. And the official name is the Zurich Barcelona Marathon.

 

This Marathon is a 42 km running race which is becoming a popular classic on the international marathon calendar. Since 1977 people run this maratón on a flat and scenic route through some beautiful parts of Barcelona. Therefore every year the BCN marathon grows in attendance and over 15.000 runners usually take part. The Barcelona Marathon is very well-organized. It has a route entirely in Barcelona city with water points lining the route, massage service and showers. Also it has plenty of changing rooms at the start and finish line.

 

This free race will recall the last kilometers of the 92 Barcelona Olympic Games marathon and will finalize at the Olympic Stadium.

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Apr
2
Tue
Annual Rome Marathon @ Annual Rome Marathon
Apr 2 all-day

The Annual Rome Marathon is upon us!

 

Annual Rome Marathon
Annual Rome Marathon

It’s that time of the year again and the Annual Rome Marathon is creeping up!  The Italia Marathon Club is organizing the next edition of the Maradona di Roma (Rome Marathon). The race is inserted in the IAAF calendar (International Association of Athletics Federations). In addition, on the AIMS calendar (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races). As well as the FIDAL calendar (Italian Athletics Federation).

 

In the past, the Annual Rome Marathon has also doubled as the Italian Marathon championships on two occasions; in 1983 and 1986. The race date was shifted from the traditional March schedule to 1 January in 2000 for a special edition of the event to celebrate the beginning of the new millennium, where the race start point was at Saint Peter’s Square.  Pope John Paul II delivered a short benediction in approval of the event and the Bells of Saint Peter’s replaced the usual starter’s pistol to signal the beginning of the race.

 

The History of the Annual Rome Marathon

From the early of the ‘900 to date in the streets and squares of the Eternal City have ventured some of the myths of running of all time. Dorando Pietri, that on 2 April 1906 triumphed at the finish line of marathon in Villa Borghese. Abebe Bikila, who barefoot won under the Arch of Constantine the Olympic marathon in 1960. Another legend is the Kenyan-Japanese Douglas Wakiihuri, who September 6, 1987 won the World Championship marathon in Rome.

 

While this year the Annual Rome Marathon takes competitors through some of the most historic parts of the Eternal City. Most of all, it includes Campidoglio  the citadel of the earliest Romans, Circo Massimo – an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium and mass entertainment venue, Terme di Caracalla – the second largest Roman public baths built in Rome between AD 212 and 217, and finally, the Pyramid Hestia –  built about 18 BC–12 BC as a tomb for Gaius Cestius, a magistrate and member of one of the four great religious corporations in Rome, the Septemviri Epulonum.

 

In conclusion, do you want to know more about the rules and regulations regarding taking part in or being a spectator at the Annual Rome Marathon?  Want to know where to stay, where to eat, which museums to catch, what to do, how to move around while enjoying your stay in the Eternal City?  Contact Us!  We are South Europe Travel, your expert European travel consultants and travel planners.

 

Apr
4
Thu
Milan – Salone del Mobile Milano @ Fiera Milano exhibition center
Apr 4 – Apr 9 all-day
Milan - Salone del Mobile Milano @ Fiera Milano exhibition center | Milan | Lombardy | Italy

The Salone del Mobile Milano was founded in 1961. Most of hall it was consided as a vehicle for promoting Italian furniture and furnishings exports and soon became the most keenly awaited event in the world of furniture. The Salone del Mobile is held annually in Milan. It is the largest trade fair of its kind in the world.

 

The exhibition showcases the latest in furniture and design from countries around the world. It is considered a leading venue for the display of new products by designers of furniture, lighting and other home furnishings. So The show, also known as “Salone”, “Milano Salone” and “Milan Design Week,” is held every year, usually in April, in the FieraMilano complex in the Milan metropolitan area town of Rho.

 

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Apr
9
Tue
Verona Vinitaly international wine and spirits exhibition @ Vinitaly
Apr 9 @ 8:30 am – Apr 12 @ 10:00 pm

The Verona Vinitaly international wine and spirits exhibition is upon us!

The Verona Vinitaly international wine and spirits exhibition was founded in 1967.  In this year, Verona’s Palazzo della Gran Guardia hosted Italian Wine Days. This was effectively the official debut of Vinitaly.  Since then, the Verona Vinitaly international wine and spirits event has marked the evolution of the wine system on a national and international scale.  It has successfully made wine one of the most exciting and dynamic realities of Made in Italy.

 

What to expect?

During the Verona Vinitaly international wine and spirits exhibition, Vinitaly presents research and analysis detailing the domestic market. Furthermore, it provides a medium-long term strategic vision and hosts various event-areas where every day sommeliers, journalists and producers present top wines to the general public.  In addition, it offers thematic, educational and prestigious tastings involving leading experts and talks by producers.  It also includes prestigious restaurants where renowned chefs prepare refined menus and the Citadels of Gastronomy offering pairings of wine and typical regional produce.

 

The Verona Vinitaly international wine and spirits exhibition takes place in the city of Verona – declared a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO – an open, hard-working and lively city; a city of art, business and tourism.  Verona is a city in northern Italy’s Veneto region famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” It’s home to a 14th-century house said to have “Juliet’s balcony,” even though the building’s connection to the play is fictional. Verona is also famed for its grand Arena, a 1st-century Roman amphitheater still hosting concerts and an annual opera festival.

 

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Apr
16
Tue
Florence Easter Sunday, Explosion of the Cart @ Scoppio del Carro
Apr 16 @ 10:00 am
Florence Easter Sunday, Explosion of the Cart @ Scoppio del Carro | Firenze | Toscana | Italy

The Upcoming Florence Easter Sunday, Explosion of the Cart

On Easter Sunday every year, Florence celebrates the religious holiday in a very special way. The Scorpio del Carro, or the “Explosion of the Cart“, dates back over 350 years. It showcases an elaborate wagon built in 1622.  Ultimately, standing two to three stories high, a pair of oxen pull the cart, decorated in garlands through the streets of Florence. Finally, at the end of it’s trip it arrives to the square between the Baptistry and Cathedral.

 

The History Behind Florence Easter Sunday, Explosion of the Cart

This tradition finds its origins in events that are partly historic and partly legendary. A young Florentine named Pazzino, a member of the noble Pazzi family, took part in the First Crusade in the Holy Land in 1099. He gave ample proof of his courage.  He was the first to scale the walls of Jerusalem and raise the Christian banner. When he came home, he brought back three flints from the Holy Sepulcher that he received for his act of courage. Consequently this reliquary, today preserved in the Church of SS. Apostoli, lies behind the Florentine celebration for the Resurrection of Christ.

 

Florence Easter Sunday, Explosion of the Cart – Today

Today, the ceremony still bears a strong resemblance to the way in which it has been celebrated for centuries. Starting around 10am, a priest rubs Pazzino’s three flints together until they spark and light the Easter candle. This, in turn, is used to light some coals, which are placed in a container on the Cart.  Consequently, the procession delivers the Holy Fire to the Archbishop of Florence before Santa Maria del Fiore, better known as the Duomo. The cart is accompanied by drummers, flag throwers and figures dressed in historical costume as well as city officials and clerical representatives.

 

The Cart, properly rigged with a suitable arsenal of fireworks, then awaits in front of the cathedral. From the cathedral’s altar, at around 11 am, when the “Gloria” is sung inside the church, the Archbishop uses the fire to light a dove–shaped rocket (called the “Colombina” and symbolizing the Holy Spirit) and this consequently flies out, down a wire, to the outside of the church.  It collides with the Cart in the square, setting off a spectacular firework display to the cheers of all.  And the Explosion of the Cart ensues! If the complex ritual proceeds smoothly and all of the fireworks go off, good luck is ensured for a good harvest for this year as well as for the city and its citizens.  So we hope for a wonderful explosion of the cart every Easter! Youtube has a great video of the fireworks.

 

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Apr
23
Tue
Barcelona – Sant Jordi Day
Apr 23 all-day

 

Barcelona - Sant Jordi DayBarcelona – Sant Jordi Day is on 23rd April. It is also called  “La Diada de Sant Jordi”,  the Feast or Festival of St George. Sant Jordi is the Catalan name of Saint George, who is the patron saint of Catalonia.

St Jordi’s day is Barcelona’s most romantic day of the year in Barcelona. St Jordi’s is a day of roses, romance and books.

 

A the tradition goes, throughout Catalonia in Barcelona – Sant Jordi Day is a day in which couples, friends, and family, give one another a rose or a book. On this day, the Generalitat in Plaça de Sant Jaume is open to the public where there is a large rose market. You can buy books everywhere.  During this day you can barely walk throughout certain parts of the city as the crowds flock to the streets to by that perfect rose or that perfect book.

 

Although George was venerated in the Middle Ages in Europe, today we know very little about this historical figure. It is certain that he served as a Roman soldier around 300 AD. He was regarded as a Christian martyr who would not be questioned about his beliefs. The name “Georgius” means farm, which is perhaps the reason why the Catholic liturgy chose this day in spring as his name day. He is also regarded as a protector of the harvest and lovers. The best known and most popular legend describes how he defeated a dragon in the infinite country Silene.

This dragon poisoned the air of a village. To appease him, the people sacrificed a lamb and a virgin. One day the princess of the country met this fate; George killed the dragon and freed her. The Princess and the entire population were converted to Christianity. Since the 13th century the most widely used figure of Sant Jordi is the scene where he kills the dragon with a lance while riding a white horse.  You see this figure not only throughout Catalonia, but also throughout cities and towns where Catalan culture has been prominent.  I saw this figure personally on church that dates back to 800 AD while traveling throughout Sicily.

 

So, the above helps explain the rose, a symbol of love.  But how about the book?  Why do people exchange roses for books, and visa versa?  Coincidence. In 1926 Spain declared the 23rd of April, the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, the most famous Spanish writer, as Book Day. But it just so happens that this day is significant in England as well as they respect the 23rd of April as the death of Shakespeare. It was a coincidence that this coincided with the day of the feast of Sant Jordi. This led, however, to mean that Book Day was hardly celebrated. Only much later did the day of love also became a day of literature in the mind of the population.

 

So, Barcelona – Sant Jordi Day, is today the day of the rose and the book; the day of love and culture.

 

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May
18
Sat
Annual Mille Miglia Race @ Mille Miglia
May 18 @ 8:00 am – May 21 @ 11:45 pm

The Annual Mille Miglia Race is upon us!

 

Annual Mille Miglia Race
Annual Mille Miglia Race

As usual, the Annual Mille Miglia Race is designed along the magical scenery of Italian territory.  It runs from Brescia, to Rome, and then back again. All the beautiful elements of this sport and what surrounds it is combined with the history, nature and art of this wonderful country.

 

There is an old motto that says fuel rather than blood flows through the veins of the people who come from Brescia.  The annual Mille Miglia Race is a yearly reminder of this motto.

 

Bresciano’ innate passion for racing had already come alive in the city by the end of the nineteenth century. From 1895 to 1898 three motor racing competitions had taken place.  By 1899 that number had gone up to a good twenty races.  The first appearance of a race car in the Brescian territory came about on March 14,1899. It was during the Verona-Mantua-Brescia-Verona race, when Ettore Bugatti won, driving his Prinetti & Stucco three-wheeler vehicle.  Although the Brescians were involved in the organization of this Veronese race, they really wanted a race of their own.

 

They therefore decided to organize two races immediately. The first of which took place on September 10, 1899, and the second on the following day.  That Sunday, Brescia held the first-ever “Speed Race”, a 6 km automobile race on the ring road of the city, in addition to a motorcycle race. On the following Monday, the Brescia- Mantua-Verona-Brescia 223 km race began.  It was not a coincidence that Brescia founded six automobile manufacturers in the early twentieth century, another indication of their vocation for motoring.

 

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May
19
Sun
Sicily – Noto Flower Festival @ Noto Flower Festival
May 19 – May 21 all-day

Noto Flower Festival – Sicily

While the Noto Flower Festival in Sicily is most famous, there are several places throughout Italy where you can enjoy a spectacular Infiorata event. The “infiorata”, or flower festivals, take place in May and June throughout Italy.  They use flower petals to create breath-taking works of art, both in the streets and in abbeys.

 

In some places the Infiorata is a simple flower-petal design in front of churches.  While the most elaborate infirorata create many different tapestries, each with a different picture and theme. Often a religious procession takes place on the flower carpets after they are completed. But where to see an Infiorata?

 

One of the most famous events is the Noto Flower Festival, usually during third Sunday of May. But the flower festivals in Genzano (Lazio), Spello (Umbria), Brugnato (Liguria) and Bolsena (Lazio) are also quite beautiful.

 

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Jul
2
Tue
Siena, Italy – Palio di Siena @ Piazza Del Campo, Siena, Italy
Jul 2 @ 11:00 am – Aug 16 @ 10:00 pm

The Event – Palio di Siena

The Palio di Siena is one of the most well-known historic festivals in Italy. It consists of an exciting horse race in Siena’s fan-shaped main square, Piazza del Campo. It takes part on the 2nd of July and on the 16th of August every year.

 

First of all, they divide the city into 17 contrade (districts), each of them represented by a champion rider. Also, only 10 con trade take part in the first race on July 2. While the other seven, plus the winning three from the first race, compete on August 16.

 

Race day starts with a special blessing of the horses and a great procession through the historic centre of Siena.  While the streets are full of  people in costumes from each contrada and performances by flag throwers.  Horses circle the track 3 times.  In conclusion, they award the winning horse and contrada the palio (a victory flag.)

 

The History – Palio di Siena

The Palio di Siena celebrates the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary near the old houses that belonged to Provenzano Salvani. Therefore, the holy apparition was called “Madonna di Provenzano” in whose honor the very first Palio was run on August 16, 1656. While the Palio was run for the first time in 1701 in honor of the “Madonna dell’Assunta”.  She was the patroness and Advocate of Siena.  Especially relevant, she protected the Sienese militia at the famous battle of Monteaperti on September 4, 1260, against the Florentines.

 

The Palio di Siena is a historical secular tradition strictly connected with the origin of the Contrabass of Siena (districts into which the town is divided). The Contrabass are spectacular agonistic institutions, which have their own government, oratory, coat of arms, appellations, sometimes titles of nobility, emblems and colors, official representatives, festivities, patron Saints, delimited territories and population.  Most importantly, each population consists of all those people who were born or live within the topographic limits of the district, according to the proclamation issued by Violante Beatrice of Bavaria on January 7, 1730. At that time, she was the Governess of the town.

 

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