Things to do in Italy in January

Welcome a wonderful New Year

With a new year come new opportunities, so why not end one festive season by planning the next one? Springtime is just around the corner and, as always, Italy beckons those that seek it’s unique charm. Our selection of beautiful private villas with swimming pools is just the trick to fend-off the new year’s blues, so don’t hesitate to speak to us and find the perfect place for your next getaway.

La Scala Theatre:

la scala di milano

La Scala di Milano, one of the worlds leading opera and ballet houses opens its doors to the new season. Having housed some of the greatest operatic artists, many flee to see the spectacular events, from the classics in opera, ballet and concert. Expect to find the likes of La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, Nabucco and more, throughout the year.

Soul Christmas:

An Old Rustic Bible with Christmas Garland on a wood plank board

On December 23rd, 26th, 30th and 31st,  winter version of Trasimeno Blues takes place in all the surrounding towns of Trasimeno. Churches and theatres hold sensational gospel, funk, soul and R&B bringing a bit of hip and funk to the traditional Christmas carols. Why not do things differently and enjoy a Soul Christmas, and Happy Blues Year?

Umbria Jazz:

Drummer

Hosted in the past the likes of B.B King, James Brown, Phil Collins and George Benson, the annual Jazz festival Umbria Jazz, has seen it all.  Beginning on the 28th of December,  and ending after the New Year,  both night and day concerts, “jazz-battles”, and competitions will get you grooving, not to mention the events, parties and other local Umbrian activities taking place around the festival.

Ephiphany:

Colorful witch socks in 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):

befane-regatta

(Photo: City Pass – Vènezia Unica –  http://events.veneziaunica.it/it/node/2639 )
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.

Pitti Immagine Uomo:

men

From the 9th to the 13th of January, Florence will host its annual trade fair for men’s fashion. Apart from being one of the world’s most trade fair for men featuring clothing and accessory collections, this space brings together international buyers, fashionistas and the general public. These days are composed of private and public events open to the public,  along with music and life to the streets of Florence as these three days are full of evenings events, concerts and celebrations at Florence’s hottest spaces.

Winter Marathon:

 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’s take place from the 19th of January till the 22nd of January.

 

Fair of Sant’Orso:

aosta-feria

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.