Medieval Festival
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May 12, 4 p.m.-midnight; May 13, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.;
Medieval crafts exhibit and sale; musicians, historical parades, falconers, flag-throwers, magic shows, and fire eaters; food booths feature typical med... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
Vicenza Jazz Festival
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Verona Legend Cars
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Mother's Day - May 13

According to some, Italian Mother's Day is rooted in ancient Roman culture. But although the Romans did pay homage to Juno and Cybele, their goddesses of motherhood and marriage, they did so earlier in the year - reflected in the current celebration of Mothering Sunday in the UK in March.

There's no indication, though, that the modern Italian celebrations have anything to do with past ancient history. In fact, the very first "Mother's Day" was introduced by the Fascist regime in 1933 as La Giornata della madre e del bambino - the day of the mother and child - a tribute to all mothers bearing good sons to perpetuate the status quo.

Then, in 1957 - 50 years after the institution of Mother's Day in the USA - a priest in the hill town of Assisi decided that the day should be used to celebrate women and their contribution to family and community life.

It was so popular that the following year, a petition was presented to Parliament and the second Sunday in May was declared officially La Festa della Mamma.


Verona Legend Cars/Vintage car exhibit

May 4-6, Verona, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Verona, Viale del Lavoro 8; this exhibit is a leap from the past to the present with a large exhibit and parades of vintage cars as well as stands devoted to new models from major manufacturers with areas for test drives; a wide variety of the most sought-after spare parts and numerous miniature models to build, sell, and buy; entrance fee: €16, reduced €13 for children ages 12-16 years; free entrance for children younger than 12 and for disabled.

Sagra dell'Asparago/Asparagus Festival

May 4-6, 7-10 p.m., San Zeno di Cassola (Vicenza). Food booths feature a wide variety of dishes prepared with the white asparagus from Bassano and other local specialties.

Sagra della Bondola/Bondola Festival

May 4-6 and May 11-13, Torrebelvicino, Via Fogazzaro. Food stands featuring the bondola, a typical local product nbased on pork, and a wide variety of local specialties open at 7 p.m.; live music starts at 9 p. m.

Sagra dell'Asparago/Asparagus Festival

May 4-8, Marola, Torri di Quartesolo; food booths featuring asparagus dishes and a wide variety of local specialties open at 6:30 p.m.; live music and dancing nightly starts at 9 p.m.

Fuori Mercato

May 5-6, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Vicenza, Piazza delle Erbe; Vintage, Crafts and creative recycling exhibit and sale

Festa della Famiglia./Family Day

May 6, 4-7 p.m., Castegnero (Vicenza), Piazza Mercato; entertainment, gadgets, and free workshop for children ages 1-12 years; food booths. Free entrance.

Palio di Romano/Old Districts Festival

May 6, Romano D'Ezzelino, Via Roma and surrounding roads, about 26 miles north of Vicenza. Food booths featuring local specialties open at 7 p.m.; 3:30 p.m. historical parade and flag-throwers show; vintage bicycles exhibit; traditional donkey race and award ceremony; music and dancing start at 9 p.m.

Festa dell'Asparago/Asparagus Fest

May 5-6, and May 12-13, Tribano (Padova), Via G. Deledda, about 22 miles southeast of Vicenza; food booths open at 7:30 p.m.; live music and dancing start at 8:30 p.m.; April 29, asparagus exhibit; local products and craft sale.

Vicenza Jazz Festival

May 10-20, Vicenza; every night live jazz concert in Vicenza; for detailed program and tickets, visit

Antica Fiera di Primavera

Spring Festival

May 11-20, Camisano Vicentino, about 11 miles east of Vicenza; nightly food booths in Piazza della Costituzione feature local specialties;; carnival rides in Piazza del Vicariato Civile and Piazza della Costituzione; vintage vehicles exhibit in Piazza Pio X and Piazza Umberto I; from 9 p.m. live country music and dancing.

May 13, grand opening at 9:30 a.m.; Vintage cars and motorcycles s exhibit in Piazza Pio X; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. local products and crafts exhibit and sale

May 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fair Tale Time, workshops for children and float parades;

May 20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. local products and crafts exhibit and sale; 9 p.m. Talent Show.

Campionaria/International Fair

May 12-20, open 10 a.m.-midnight on weekends, 4 p.m.-midnight on weekdays, Padova, Via N. Tommaseo 59, about 24 miles southeast of Vicenza; more than 1, 000 vendors featuring items for home, vacations, hobbies, sports, cars,

motorbikes, patio furniture, fitness and camping equipment, horse and dogs shows, entertainment and live music; free entrance.

Festa Medievale del Vino Bianco

White Wine Medieval Festival

May 19-20, Soave, about 23 miles west of Vicenza; May 19 starts at 7 p.m.; food booths feature local products and local white wine; medieval entertainment; live music starts at 9:30 p.m.; May 20, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., antique market and exhibit and free tasting of local food and wines; re-enactment of typical Medieval life with craftsmen, artists, musicians, flag-flyers, stilt walkers, jesters, fire eaters and knight; historical parade; 9 p.m. live music and dancing.

Giorni di Rose/Roses Days

May 19-20, from 10:30 a.m., Cervarese S. Croce (Padova), Via Campanella 3, about 11 miles southeast of Vicenza; 4:30 p.m. visit the botanical rose garden; food booths featuring local specialties; free entrance.

Frida Kahlo - Oltre il mito

Frida Kahlo - Beyond the myth

Through June 3, Milan, Mudec, Museo delle Culture, Via Tortona 56. A full exhibition dedicated to Frida Kahlo, from the beginning of her career until the latest steps of her artistic production. The works on display do not follow a chronological order, as they are divided into five sections, including politics, women, violence, nature and death. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; closed on Monday morning. Entrance fee; €13; reduced €11.

Egitto. Dei, faraoni e Uomini

Egypt. Gods, Pharaohs, and Men

Through Sept. 18, Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Jesolo, Via Aquileia 123. This exhibit offer a great display of Egyptian artifacts coming from the most important collections of Italian and foreign museums. Visitors not only have a chance to see, know, and analyze the Egyptian world, they can also feel it, thanks to many interactive supports. Entrance fee: €16; reduced: €12 (senior citizens older than 65; students and people with disabilities); €8 (children aged 6-12); free for children younger than 6. Tickets include audio guide.

La Partita a Scacchi a personaggi viventi

Live Chess Game

Sept. 7-9, Marostica, Piazza degli Scacchi, about 18 miles north of Vicenza. Grand opening Sept. 7 at 9 p.m., Sept. 8-9, 9 p.m. This chess match commemorates the historic chess match of 1454. The game is a re-enactment of the match that Lord Taddeo Parisio held to determine the marriage of this daughter. Purchase your ticket well in advance online at

Venice Secrets -Crime & Justice Exhibit

Through Sept. 30, open daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Venice, Palazzo Zaguri, Campo San Maurizio. In a Venetian place, through a five-story route divided into 36 rooms, they visitors will be able to know the secret side of the city. On display a wide variety of original finds, instruments of death and torture, and judicial acts, which tell how Venice applied justice. The display is divided in four sections: justice and torture; prisons and prisoners; capital executions; Inquisition and Holy Office. Entrance fee: €16; reduced €12, for senior citizens older than 65 and children ages 6-14.

Antique markets in Veneto

Marostica (Vicenza): May 6, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. April-September, in Piazza Castello. (135 vendors)

Noventa Vicentina (Vicenza): May 6,, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., in Piazza IV Novembre. (120 vendors)

Thiene (Vicenza): May 5, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., downtown streets and squares. (70 vendors)

Vittorio Veneto (Treviso): May 6, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., in Serravalle, Piazza Minucci and surrounding streets. (75 vendors)

Lonigo(Vicenza): May 13, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Via Garibaldi, Piazza XX Settembre, Via Ognibene. (about 100 vendors)

Montegrotto (Padova): May 13, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza 1º Maggio. (about 70 vendors)

Portobuffolè (Treviso): May 13, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Beccaro. (about 250 vendors)

Vicenza: May 13, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Piazza dei Signori, Piazza Duomo, Piazza Garibaldi, Piazza Palladio, Piazza Biade and Piazza Castello (220 vendors)

Villafranca (Verona): May 13, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Castello. (90 vendors)


Piazza XX in fiore/Flower Festival

May 4-6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Livorno, Piazza XX Settembre; exhibit and sale of a great variety of plants and flowers including orchids and bonsai; aquatic plants; and ornamental and fruit plants, garden's furniture, design and equipment; free entrance.

Festa della Pizza/Pizza Festival

May 5-6, Bientina (Pisa), Sport Field, Via Leonardo da Vinci. Food booths featuring a great variety of pizzas, grilled meat, and the schiacciata with Nutella, open at 7 p.m. Schiacciata literally "squashed". It's a type of flat bread made with flour, water, yeast, salt and olive oil, and one of Tuscany's top bakery treats.

Sagra del Cinghiale/Wild Boar Festival

May 4-6, and May 11-13, Certaldo (Florence), at the Caponnetto Center, Viale Matteotti; opens on Sundays and Italian holidays at noon and at 8 p.m.; weekdays at 8 p.m.; food booths feature many local specialties besides the wild boar dishes.

Casole Fiorita/Flower Festival

May 5, from 2 p.m. and May 6 from 9 a.m., Casole D'Else (Siena); flowers, plants, honey and other local products exhibit and sale; games and workshops for children; free entrance.

Sagra del Pesce/Fish Festival

May 5-6, Massarossa (Lucca); food booth featuring local fish and local specialties open at 7 p.m. and, on Sunday, also at noon; in the evening, boat rides with tasting of local wines; bike rental; live music and dancing start at 8:30 p.m.

Sagra del Prosciutto e del Baccello/Ham and Pea Fair

May 6, Peccioli (Pisa), Strada Provinciale della Fila; local products and crafts exhibit nd sale; bounce houses; creative workshops for children 4-6 p.m.

Ponte in Festa/Festival in Ponte

Through May 6, Ponte d'Arbia (Monteroni D'Arbia-Siena), Casea del Popolo, Via Romana 11; food booths feature "Pici", a homemade local pasta and other local specialties;; entertainment for children; live music and dancing every night.

Sagra della Ficattola/Ficattola Fair

May 11-13, Impruneta (Firenze), Piazza Accursio da -Bagnola; ficattola is a kind of thin bread dough deep fried with the addition of salt or sugar; it may be served with local cold cuts (salumi); food booths feature many gastronomic local specialties; live entertainment starts at 9 p.m.

Medioevo in Castello/Medieval Festival

May 12-13, Buti (Pisa), Via Marianini and Via San Rocco; May 12, 4 p.m.-midnight; May 13, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; medieval crafts exhibit and sale; musicians, historical parades, falconers, flag-throwers, magic shows, and fire eaters; food booths feature typical medieval specialties. Entrance fee: €5; reduced for children ages 6-10 years; free for children under six and for visitors wearing medieval costumes.

Firence Food Truck/Streeat Food Festival

May 18-20, 11 a.m.-midnight, Florence, Via Aretina; street food from all over Italy; entertainment for children with games and face-painting; free event.

Corri sui Lungarni

Running along the Arno River

June 3; this 7.2 km walk departs at 9:30 a.m., Pisa, from Piazza XX Settembre and goes through the most famous and beautiful landmarks of Pisa; participation fee: €5. For more details, check

World of Dinosaurs

Through May 13, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Villa Mimbelli Park, Livorno, Via S. Jacopo in Acquaviva 63; open Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. This exhibit offers children and adults a chance to get up close with dinosaurs. The model are built on a lifesize scale with attention to the finest detail; entrance fee: €9; discount €6 for children ages 3-13 years.

Man Ray - Wonderful Visions

Through Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., San Gimignano, Moder Art Gallery, Via Folgore da San Gimignano; 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. through Sept. 30; 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Oct. 1-7. On display More than 100 photos by Man Ray, one of the most important photographers of the XX century. His photographic works encompass fashion, portraits, and technical experimentation. Entrance fee: €9, reduced €7 for children ages 6-17 and for senior citizens older than 65; free access for children younger than six.

Artigiano e Colori di Primavera

Craft fair & Spring Colors

May 18-20, Pisa, Arsenali Repubblicani, Via Bonanno Pisano 2; May 18, 4-10 p.m.; May 19, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; May 20, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Crafts exhibit and sale; garden furniture and tools; local specialties and wines tasting and sale; free entrance

Sagra della Fragola/Strawberry Festival

May 19-20 and May 26-27, 6-10 p.m., San Giuliano Terme (Pisa); food booths feature local specialties and tasting of strawberries. Entertainment for children, bounce-houses; music and dancing starts at 8 p.m.

Antique markets in Tuscany

Arezzo: May 5-6, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., in Piazza Grande. (about 1000 vendors)

Carmignano (Prato): May 6, 9:30 a.m.-7p.m., Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and Piazza Matteotti.

Cascina (Pisa): May 6, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Corso Matteotti.

Livorno: May 6, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Cavour

Orbetello (Grosseto): May 5-6, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Corso Italia, Piazza Eroe dei Due Mondi, Piazza del Plebiscito.

Pietrasanta (Lucca): May 6, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., in Piazza Duomo.

San Giuliano Terme (Pisa): May 6, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Shelley and Piazza Italia.

San Miniato(Pisa): May 6, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Piazza del Popolo.

Scarperia (Firenze): May 6, 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; downtown squares and streets.

Bolgheri (Livorno): May 12-13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., downtown squares and streets

Firenze (Tuscany): May 13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Santo Spirito and Borgo Tegolaio (about 100 vendors)

Forte dei Marmi (Lucca): May 12-13, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Dante

Montepulciano (Siena): May 12-13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Grande

Piombino (Livorno): May 12-13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Cappelletti, Corso Italia, via Fucini, Piazza Gramsci

Pisa: May 12-13, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Piazza dei Cavalieri

Pistoia: May 12-13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Via Cavour and Via Bozzi.

Vicopisano (Pisa): May 13, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Piazza Domenico Cavalca.


Phil Rudd - May 5 Bologna; May 13 Rome

Anastacia - May 6 Brescia; May 7 Rome; May 9 Bologna; May 10 Milan; July 5 Pordenone; July 14 Genoa

Martin Barre (Jethro Tull's guitarist) - May 9 Lugagnano di Sona (Verona)

The Vamp - May 22 Milan

Patti Smith - June 9 Venice; June 10 Rome

Gun 'N' Roses - June 15 Florence

Iron Maiden - June 16 Florence; July 9 Milan; July 17 Trieste

Ozzy Osbourne - June 17 Florence

Marilyn Manson - June 19 Milan

Shakira - June 21 Assago (Milan)

Liam Gallagher - June 21 Milan

Pearl Jam - June 24 Padova

Sons of Apollo - June 24 Milan

Billy Idol - June 28 Padova

Santana - June 29 Padova

Simple Minds - July 5 Marostica

Ringo Starr - July 8 Lucca; July 9 Marostica; July 11 Rome

Deep Purple - July 9 Verona

Roger Waters - July 11 Lucca; July 17-18 Assago

Lenny Kravitz - July 16 Verona; July 17 Lucca

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - July 17 Lucca

James Taylor - July 20 Lucca; July 22 (Pompei, Naples); July 23 Terme di Caracalla (Rome)

King Crimson - July 22-23 Rome; July 25 Lucca; July 27-28 Venice

Scorpions - July 23 Verona

Norah Jones -July 24 Gardone Riviera (Brescia); July 26 Lucca (with Marcus Miller)

Marcus Miller -July 25 Gardone Riviera (Brescia)

Sting - July 28 Rome; July 29 Verona; July 30 Naples

Eminem - Sept. 7 Milan

U2 - Oct. 15 Assago (Milan)

David Garrett and his band - Oct. 17 Rome; Oct. 19 Florence; Oct. 20 Assago (Milan)

Elton John - May 29-30, 2019, Verona


Biagio Antonacci - May 13 Conegliano (Treviso)

Lorenzo Live-May 15-16, May 18-19, May 21-22 Verona; June 9 and June 12 Padova052214

Emma-May 21 Padova

Vasco Rossi - June 6-7 Padova

Ennio Morricone - June 16-17 Rome

FIM Superbike World Championship - May 5, July 6-8 Misano Adriatico (Rimini)

MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship - May 11-13 Imola (Bologna)

Tickets are available in Vicenza at Media World, Palladio Shopping Center, or online at and