Folklore is a fundamental part of the Italian culture, covering every aspect of everyday life. From North to South there are endless opportunities for entertainments and celebrations of the folkloristic events and local specialties. Every region has a very different way to celebrate and combining your holiday with an Italian festival or event can be the best way to discover the real spirit of Italy.
The most common fairs and festival regard food. Every region has a particular specialty that makes it stand out and known all over Italy, and the world sometimes. For example, seasoned cheese and cured meat are very common in the North of Italy, opposed to fresh cheese, like ricotta or mozzarella and fish for the southern regions, and in the dedicated season, you can find numerous street festival celebrating these ingredients. The central regions of Italy are very well-known for porcini mushrooms and truffle, thanks to the numerous forests and woods on the territory. In Umbria you can’t miss the truffle festival, that takes part in Gubbio, Umbria, and celebrates the king of the table, the white truffle, typical of this region, as well as Piedmont. Perugia is very famous all over the world for its chocolate production and in October you can’t miss the chocolate fair, where the best chocolate makers challenge each other on chocolate sculpturing and chocolate production.
Music festivals are very widespread over the territory, and the South of Italy is famous for holding a lot of music street festivals in summer. But the most prestigious is Umbria Jazz Festival, held in the beautiful squares and medieval streets of Perugia, gathering jazz musicians, and not only, from all over the world.
Italian handicraft is well-known all over the world and Bienno handicraft fair is the best occasion to see the most skilled artisans producing their art works in the streets of Bienno, an enchanting mountain villages in Lombardy.
Folkloristic celebrations are very common and are often related to religion rites or historical events, like Corsa dei Ceri in Gubbio, held in honor of Bishop Ubaldo Baldassini, the patron of Gubbio, on the anniversary on his death. The procession is held around the city of Gubbio, a beautiful medieval town in Umbria, and it is a highly emotional event, heart-felt and unique in its kind.