Notable Festivals in Italy in 2017

There are plenty of festivals taking place in Italy in 2017. Here are some of our favourites.


6 Nations Rugby (Rome): 5th February (Italy v Wales), 11th February (Italy v Ireland) and 11th March (Italy v France)


If you love rugby, then we highly recommend visiting Rome during the 6 Nations as the city comes alive with a sporting atmosphere that’s not to be missed. Matches take place at Stadio Olimpico and on a match day there is a wonderful buzz around the city, with fans walking through the historic city to the stadium together.

It is a great opportunity to combine a trip to support your national team with a sightseeing vacation in one of the most iconic cities in the world. Besides the rugby, we’re sure you’ll be at no loss for activities to enjoy in Rome, such as seeing the Colosseum, walking through the modern centre to see the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps, or perhaps relaxing by the fountains in Villa Borghese.

Our package: We have a limited number of Italy v Wales packages available, priced from just £549 with no hidden costs. Click here to find out more or to book online.


Carnevale di Venezia (Venice): 11th – 28th February

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The Carnival of Venice is one of the most exciting events in the Venice calendar and is a time when the Floating City comes alive with performances, balls, theatrics and masked dinners.

There are plenty of shows and events that you can enjoy if you plan to visit Venice during the Carnevale, including the Festa Veneziana in Rio di Cannaregio, a contest for the best masked costume in St Mark’s Square and Festa delle Marie, which is a parade along Via Garibaldi.

Do note, however, that this is a popular time to visit Venice and so prices do tend to be a little higher. That said, if you can afford it or want to indulge in a treat, it’s really worth it!

Find out more: Visit the official Carnevale di Venezia website for dates and details

Our package: Click here to find out more about our Venice Masked Carnival Package


Vinitaly (Verona): 9th – 12th April

This is the event for you if you love wines from across the globe and want to learn more about the wine-making process and taste rare vintages. Vinitaly is the largest wine exhibition in the world and this is the 51st edition of the event. It is sure to be just as popular as the previous editions and, this year, there will be a dedicated area for organic wines, as well as a VIP lounge and a bloggers’ area.

Find out more: Visit the official Vinitaly website for dates and details


Rome’s Birthday Celebrations: 21st April


While Rome certainly wasn’t built in a day, it is generally accepted that building of this iconic city began on April 21st 753 BC and this date was cemented in history when Marcus Terentius Varro, a Roman scholar in 1 BC, declared April 21st as Rome’s birthday.

April 21st is just the pinnacle of all the birthday celebrations, making a holiday to Rome around this time particularly special. Many of the birthday events take place on the weekend closest to 21st April, with concerts, re-enactments of historic events, parades and cultural celebrations at Circus Maximus. There is also a firework display over the Colosseum.

Find out more: If you would like to visit Rome during its official birthday celebrations, please speak to one of our travel experts, who will be able to create a tailor-made Rome holiday for you


Opera Festival (Verona): 23rd June – 27th August


Verona is a beautifully cultural and romantic city and every year it hosts an Opera Festival, with shows taking place at the ancient Arena di Verona – the city’s authentic Roman amphitheatre.

This year, performances include Nabucco, Aida, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto and Tosca. There is also a special gala with Plácido Domingo on 21st July and the Gala IX Symphony Beethoven is on 15th August, which are sure to be very popular.

For out more: For more information about the Verona Opera and performances, visit

Our package: Our Verona Opera Package is available from just £599 per person and can be customised to your needs


Palio Horse Race (Siena): 2nd July and 16th August

Siena may be famous for its beautiful architecture and historic, magnificent cathedral, but for a day in the months of July and August, the city takes on a completely different personality with the famous Palio horse race.

Although the race takes just a minute or two, Siena comes alive for many more days surrounding the event, with music, parades and street parties cropping up all over the city, ensuring that there is plenty to do if you choose to visit Siena during this time.

Our package: Tickets for the Palio sell out quick, so we recommend booking a Siena and the Palio holiday package well in advance


These are just a few of the many festivals and events taking place in Italy in 2017. If you are planning to visit Italy on holiday with us and would like to know if there are any events taking place during your vacation, please ask your personal travel adviser.

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