Top Festivals & Events in Italy 2017

Top Festivals & Events in Italy 2017

Verona Opera, Verona, Italy

When: 24th June- 27th August 2017

The world famous Verona Opera runs for two months during the summer. Verona, the setting of Romeo and Juliet, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the perfect backdrop for some of the world’s finest Opera performances. Opera at the Arena of Verona, one of Italy’s best preserved Roman amphitheatres, built around 30 AD, is an experience never forgotten!

Tickets range from around €26 for the unreserved stone steps, to around €188 for the most expensive, gold seats. Our top tip, is to go for the reserved seats located in the base of the arena which start from around €80, not the stone seats. This removes the stress of getting tickets on the day, but also means you get a backrest! With many of the performances lasting in the region of up to 4 hours, some lumber support becomes essential.

Another top-tip, read about the opera in advance so that you are aware of the main plot and main features before you see it. It will allow you to enjoy the spectacle rather than scrabbling to keep up with the story.

Pedal Ventures recommends:

A few nights enjoying the sights and sounds of Verona is always a heavily recommended addition to any cycling holiday in the area, but a must during the Opera. You can combined a few nights in Verona with any of the following tours, just let us know when you make your enquiry and we can book your extra nights for you too:

From the Mountains to Verona (short version)

Mantua to Venice cycling tour

Venice to Mantua

Bolzano to Venice via Mantua

The Majestic Adige River to Lake Garda

Highlights of Veneto

Round-tour from Peschiera del Garda

From Lake Garda to the Adriatic

Road Cycling Tours:

From the Legendary Dolomites to the Adriatic

Venice Lands, the Land of Road Bikes

Passes and Peaks of the Dolomites

Passes and Peaks of the Dolomites (short version)

 

Festa del Redentore Venice

Festa del Redentore

Festa del Redentore, Venice, Italy

When: 15-16th July 2017

Festa del Redentore, or ‘The Redeemers Feast’ in English, is one of the most photogenic and historically heart-warming festivals held in Venice. Dating back to the years of 1575-1577 when Venice was being ravaged by the black plague that wiped out more than a third of its population. As a plea to Christ the Redeemer, the Senate vowed to erect a church in honour if the city was spared. In 1577 Venice was finally declared free from the disease and so the building of the church commenced and a great festival was held in celebration.

Today, the festival is still celebrated with a grand firework show, a gondola regatta, and the Ponte Votivo (‘votive bridge’) across the Grand Canal is opened with a special ceremony at the Redentore Church.

As you would expect, the festival, with the lights from the fireworks bouncing off the water, the boats, gondolas and flamboyantly dressed partygoers, is quite the spectacle, and a lot of fun.

Pedal Ventures recommends:

As one of the most popular locations within our programme of cycling tours, Venice, and the Festa del Redentore can be combined with many including:

From the Mountains to Venice

Mantua to Venice cycling tour

Venice to Mantua

Bolzano to Venice via Mantua

The Majestic Adige River to Lake Garda

Highlights of Veneto

From Lake Garda to the Adriatic

From the Dolomites to the Adriatic

Road Cycling Tours:

From the Legendary Dolomites to the Adriatic

 

Lake Garda Music Festival

Lake Garda Music Festival

Riva Music Festival, Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy

When: 22nd July- 5th August 2017

Over the past 34 years, the Musica Riva Festival has grown to become one of the most significant music festivals around Lake Garda. Another purely classical music event, this festival combines performances from the masters as well as students of the art. With 15 performances spread over 15 days and nights, and a number of magnificent venues – from the promenade under the setting sun to making the most of the unique acoustics in an old church – we suggest looking at the itinerary and picking which nights to stay in this picturesque Italian town as part of your cycling holiday.

Pedal Ventures recommends:

With a plethora of cycling tours in the area, here are those that can be combined with the Riva Music Festival 2017.

Leisure Cycling

The Majestic Adige River to Lake Garda

Bolzano, Mantua to Venice

From the Mountains to Venice

Highlights of Veneto

From Lake Garda to the Adriatic

Round tour from Peschiera del Garda

Lake Garda Round tour

Road Cycling

Passes and Peaks of the Dolomites (short version)

 

Venice International Film Festival

Venice International Film Festival

Venice International Film Festival, Venice, Italy

When: 30th August- 9th September 2017

Dating back to 1932, the Venice International Film Festival is the oldest in the world and comes with a great air of prestige. Having built up a strong reputation it is considered to be one of the ‘Big 3’, rubbing shoulders with the Cannes Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival.

Part of the Venice Biennale, an annual festival that incorporates other grand events including: the International Art Exhibition; the International Festival of Contemporary Music; the International Theatre Festival, and more. The Venice International Film Festival however is arguably the most famous of them all.

With a variety of high-profile names from across the globe snapping up the top awards at the festival, and the event itself being held on the island on Lido, it is usually reserved for the A-Listers, but the spirit of the festival is alive throughout Venice and you can find many other activities to keep you entertained and feel part of the action.

Pedal Ventures recommends:

Venice is predictably busy in the summer months, and the Film Festival sees the crowds only swell. We therefore recommend that you book very early if you want to be a part of the festival. Combine it with any of the following tours, and we can book your extra nights accommodation for you.

Bolzano, Mantua to Venice

Mantua to Venice

Venice to Mantua

From the Mountains to Venice

Highlights to Veneto

From the Dolomites to the Adriatic

From Lake Garda to the Adriatic

Road Cycling

From the Legendary Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea

 

Riva Bike Festival

Riva Bike Festival

© Riva BIKE Festival

Bike Festival, Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy

When: 28th April- 1st May 2017

Kicking off the European Mountain Bike season, the Garda Trentino bike festival is for those with a real thirst for action sports. Over 3,000 athletes, 40,000 spectators and 150 exhibitors pile into a long weekend of everything bike!

The weekend is an onslaught of bike races, exhibitions, demos, classes, trials and try-outs, awards ceremonies and late night parties. The star of the weekend though has to be the Rocky Mountain BIKE Marathon. Get involved and try to avoid coming back with £1,000’s worth of bike paraphernalia!

Pedal Ventures recommends:

Leisure Cycling

The Majestic Adige River to Lake Garda

Bolzano, Mantua and Venice

From the Mountains to Venice

Highlights of the Veneto

From Lake Garda to the Adriatic

Roundtour from Peschiera del Garda

Lake Garda Roundtour

Road Cycling

Passes and Peaks of the Dolomites (short version)

 

Bordolino wine festival

Bardolino Wine Festival

Bardolino Wine Festival, Bardolino, Lake Garda, Italy

When: 28th September- 2nd October 2017

Bardolino is located on the shore of Lake Garda and each year this famous wine-making town celebrates the new harvest of red wine grapes that this area is so famous for.

The festival is centred along the lake front with stands skirting its banks and in the main square overlooking the port.

To accompany the great wines there is also a bounty of wonderful local foods to taste and buy from the stalls including fresh pasta with simple yet delicious sauces, risottos and antipasti’s, all far too good to walk past. Music concerts fill the air with classical and contemporary notes too, and on the final night, a spectacular fireworks display wraps things up with an appropriate blast of colour and sound reflected off the lake waters.

Pedal Ventures Tours:

The Majestic Adige River to Lake Garda

Bolzano, Mantua and Venice

From the Mountains to Venice

Highlights of Veneto

From Lake Garda to the Adriatic

Round tour from Peschiera del Garda

Lake Garda Roundtour

Road Cycling

Passes and Peaks of the Dolomites (short version)

 

The Calcio Storico Fiorentino

The Calcio Storico Fiorentino

The Calcio Storico Fiorentino, Florence, Italy

When: June 2017

June is one of the best months of the year to be in Florence, cradle of the Italian Renaissance, with the many summer food and wine festivals in full swing and the Calcio Storico games taking place.

What is Calcio Storico?

The sport originated in the 16th century and is a crude combination of football, rugby and wrestling! It’s still played to this day in traditional costume and evokes a battle between four teams of the historical neighbourhoods of the city: Santa Croce (blue), Santo Spirito (white), Santa Maria Novella (red), and San Giovanni (green).

The semi-finals are played over a weekend in mid-June, with the final always played at 5pm on 24th June to coincide with Florence’s feast day for its Patron Saint, St John the Baptist. A colourful parade clad in historical costume sets off from Piazza Santa Maria Novella at around 4pm and heads through the city centre towards the Piazza Santa Croce, the location of the final. All players from the four teams take part in the parade, even the losers from the semi-finals.

Each game is played over 50 minutes in teams of 27 and goals scored by throwing the ball over the designated spot on the perimeter of the field, or over the width of the short ends, the winning side being those with the most points.

The slightly bizarre but wonderfully traditional day is concluded by a thumping fireworks display along the banks of the Arno and launched from Piazzale Michelangelo.

Tickets

Tickets are sold locally or via the online ticket reseller Box Office Toscana from late May – early June. We recommend you do pre-book if you want to be seated, otherwise buy when you arrive for the standing tickets.

Pedal Ventures Tours:

Tuscany – Florence, Siena and the Chianti

Tuscany, between Pisa and Florence

Florence to Rome

Road Cycling

The Heroes Hills of Tuscany

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