Things to do in Italy in August

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Opera di Verona:

Verona Arena in Verona, Italy

June 24th commemorates the opening of the 2,000 year old the Roman amphitheater Opera di Verona, in Piazza Bra. As a tradition, on the day a series of performances take place, this year it will feature the classic, Carmen followed by Aida on the 25th. The opera will remain open till August 28th, hosting a variety of different shows.

Opera alle Terme di Caracalla:

Terme di Caracalla in Rome, Italy

From early July to the end of August Rome holds a collection of summer opera and ballet performances in the ruins of Baths of Caracalla. This open air theatre allows you to enjoy some of the most famous performances such as Swan Lake, Aida and Tosca whilst in the company of the starry night sky.

Terzieri Palio (10th August -21st August) :competitions of the flag wavers and the parade of the districts

The town of Pieve holds this festival which is based on a historical re-enactment. The town’s contrades (divisions) compete against each other in diverse competitions, such as horse races, fights using real armature and weapons and more. There is also a variety of events open to guests such as medieval games, along with markets selling local products.

Festa dei Candelieri:

burning candles close-up shot

August 14th signifies an important holiday for the Sardinians as they celebrate one of Italy’s famous festivals, Festa dei Candelleri (or ‘feast of the candles’). It was originally held to thank the Virgin Mary for releasing the town of Sassari from a terrible plague and to this day the nine merchant gilds of Sassari parade through the streets in traditional garments bearing wooden candles on their shoulders.

Assumption Day (August 15th):

Virgin Mary icon inside Monreale cathedral at Sicily

Ferragosto or otherwise known as Assumption Day is a national holiday for Italy. The Catholic Church honours this day for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, a variety of religious and normal festivals can be found around the country, see for example “Gran Ballo di Ferragosto”.

Gran Ballo di Ferragosto:


To mark Assumption Day, Rome holds on every 15th of August the Gran Ballo di Ferragosto, otherwise known as the Grand Ball of Ferragosto. The event brings a synergy of local Italians and foreigners together to local piazzas, where the sound of Reggeaton, Samba and more can be heard echoing. Each different piazza is assigned a different form of music to play, however the biggest concert takes place in Parco Archelogico of Teatro Marcello.

Palio di Siena:


August 16th marks an important date for the Tuscans, for this day symbolises the second date with one of Italy’s most famed and historic horse races. Attracting spectators from around the world, the competitive horse race takes place twice during the summer (July and August). The seven contrades (divisions) of Siena compete against each-other in a daring and dangerous race, which is held in one of the city’s most historic circular squares, Piazza del Campo, for the winning prize.

Beach on Fire:

Fuochi d'artificio

On the 27th of August the annual internationally renowned Beach on Fire will take place. This firework display is composed of thousands of different fireworks, which light up the Veneto Coastline on Cavallino Treporti beach. Apart from being featured in the Guinness World Records as the longest firework display, this attraction brings over 2,000 visitors to witness the night sky light up in an array of beautiful kaleidoscopic patterns and colours.

Venice Film Festival (31st August- 10th September):


This year marks the 73rd edition of Venice Film Festival, one of the oldest international film festival’s in the world. The annual event was invented with the intentions to promote and raise awareness of various aspects of the international cinema to the public, and to this day maintains its reputation and values.

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