Join in and celebrate the New Year with a Bang!
Umbria Jazz: Remaining as one of the most important Jazz festivals in the world, Umbria Jazz has hosted the likes of B.B King, James Brown, Phil Collins and George Benson. Beginning on the 30th of December, the festival continues into three days of the new year, and between both day and night concerts, “jazz-battles”, competitions and more light up Orvieto with “groovy” symphonies.
Epiphany: La Befana, which falls on January 6th, is an important day for the Italians. More important then Christmas, the night before children hang their stockings and wait for the arrival of the witch to fill them with presents. Italians take pride and joy with their nativities or as they call them presepe and it’s possible to find some spectacular live nativities all around the country, especially Rome and Naples.
Regatta delle Befane (January 6th): Each year, a single oared- regatta takes place in Venice’s Grand Canal, in celebration of the Epiphany. The race is quite unusual yet intriguing, as five men dress up as befane or witches and race up Venice’s Grand Canal from Palazzo Bilbo at San Toma to the finish line at the Rialto Bridge, where awaiting is a giant stocking full of sweets and goods.
Winter Marathon: The winter marathon of Madonna di Campiglio is an annual car show which takes place in the Dolomites. The race consists of a 500 km race which cover’s the most beautiful streets of Trentino Alto Adige and some of the most fascinating dolomite passes, only antique cars of a minimum age of 40 years can participate in this 12-hour race. This year, the race will be hosting its 30th edition, running from the 18th to the 21st of January.
San Antonio Abate: On January 17th Italians honour Sant Antonio Abate; the patron saint of butchers, domestic animals, gravediggers and the protector from skin diseases. The most colourful celebrations can be found down south in areas such as Puglia and Abruzzo, typically you’ll find special mass’s during the day and by night huge bonfires along with plenty of dancing, music, wine and drinks.
Fair of Sant’Orso: Each year on the 30th and 31st of January Aosta (a northern town in the Italian Alps) holds its traditional wood carver’s fair. Thousand years of tradition and crafts where one can find over 700 wood-worker’s selling their creations, teaching their methods and secrets.
Carnevale di Venezia (January 27th – February 13th): This year’s carnival will focus on exposing the city’s arts, trades and traditions, creating a magical experience. These two weeks of masquerades, balls, processions, and ceremonies are all a magical dream to be apart of so why not grab a mask and become part of this fairytale?