Autumn events in Italy

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If you are in Italy at the end of a month, then check with the local museum to see if it is part of the scheme to stay open on Saturday evenings. It is often linked with other events such as concerts, ballets, cultural and literary events.


LEONARDO DA VINCI. L’UOMO UNIVERSALE, Accademia, venice until Dec 1st

Tthe exhibition centres on 25 graphic works that are usually not displayed. There are also 27 other works borrowed from other places

Museo Civico, Palazzo Pretorio, Prato, Tuscany: Until 13 January 2014

A great exhibition that shows one of the most important period of the Italian history of art – the 15th century – when many of the main Italian artists worked in Prato: Donatello, Michelozzo, Maso di Bartolomeo, Paolo Uccello, Filippo and Filippino Lippi.

FIRE AND ICE, THE RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE, SIBERIA AND THE EAST, Florence – Palazzo Strozzi; Until 19 January 2014

This is the first international exhibition to examine the fundamental importance of the Oriental and Eurasian connection to Russian Modernism, following the destinies of Russia’s self-proclaimed “Barbarians” in their search for new sources of artistic inspiration. Featuring artists are: Léon Bakst, Alexandre Benois, Pavel Filonov, Natalia Goncharova, Wassily Kandinsky, Mikhail Larionov, Kazimir Malevich among others.

AUGUSTUS, the vision of a new era, Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome. 18 October 2013 – 9 February 2014

Augustus died an old man in Nola 2000 years ago this year on 19 August 14 CE with his wife Livia by his side, accompanied by her son Tiberius. Augustus was an exceptional figure, rightly considered akin to a god in every way. No one achieved greater triumph in war or was more measured in time of peace than he.

“TOWARDS MONET”, LANDSCAPE PAINTING IN EUROPE AND AMERICA FROM THE 17TH TO THE 2OTH CENTURY. Verona – Palazzo della Gran Guardia; 26 Oct 2013 – 9 Nov 2014

Landscape painting is at the heart of this exhibition at the prestigious location of Palazzo della Gran Guardia, right in front of the Arena. Works by: Poussain, Van Ruisdael, Canaletto, Bellotto, Turner, Constable, Sisley, Pissarro, Manet, Cezanne, Gaugin and finally Monet among others.

ZURBARAN (1598-1664) Ferrara, Palazzo dei Diamanti. Until 6 January 2014

Along with Velázquez and Murillo, Francisco de Zurbarán was one of the great painters of the Golden Age of Spanish painting, For the strength and immediacy of his inventions, Zurbarán’s work was much admired by his contemporaries. No less significant is the impact his works had on modern artists, such as Manet, Morandi, Picasso and Dalí, who drew inspiration from the simplicity and purity of his forms.

ANTONELLO DA MESSINA. MART, Rovereto, Trentino; 5 October 2013 – 12 January 2014

The exhibition offers not only insights into chronological details, an analysis of his collaborations, similarities and differences, imitators and masters, but concentrates also on a profound study of the poetic intelligence of an artist who succeeded in capturing the psychological overtones and most intimate characteristics of the human soul.


The city of Cremona in Lombardy has always been associated with music and violins, its most famous son being Stradivari. Now Cremona has a brand new Violin Museum which hosts an incredible collection of string instruments, historically and artistically important in the music world. The new stunning Auditorium hosts concerts and other events.


VERDI FESTIVAL Parma; 30 September -31 October 2013

Annual appointment in Parma with the music of Italy’s most famous opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi. This year the performances will be: Simon Boccanegra, Falstaff, I Masnadieri, Requiem Mass.

ROMA CINEMAFEST, Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica. 8-17 November 2013

This will be the 8th Rome Film Festival, directed this year by Marco Muller. The main stage will be the Auditorium della Musica, designed by Renzo Piano, but events are planned all over the city.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SACRED MUSIC AND ART, Rome and the Vatican. 29 October – 10 November 2013

This will be the 12th International Festival of Sacred Music and Art, concerts and recitals in the many churches in Rome and the Vatican


La Traviata by Verdi will be the opening opera of the La Scala 2013-2014 season. The opera will be conducted by Daniele Gatti.

, Orvieto, Umbria. 28 Dec 2013 – 1 Jan 2014

The winter edition of this popular festival, held in Perugia in summer, moves to the renaissance town of Orvieto for the end of the year. It showcases the best jazz artists from around the world.

LUCI D’ARTISTA 2013 – Artist Lights 2013, Turin, November 2013 – January 2014

This is an outdoor itinerary of contemporary art that reinvents the streets and piazzas of the city, lighting them up with striking installations of great visual impact.


EUROCHOCOLATE (website only in Italian), PERUGIA, Perugia, Umbria
18-27 October 2013

Eurochocolate, the annual delicious appointment in the lovely town of Perugia for all lovers of chocolate, professionals in the field and importers. Tastings, exhibitions, workshops, shows for the 10 days of the duration of this festival. This year’s event is called “Evergreen” and promotes sustainability both in the production of chocolate and in the festival itself.

WHITE TRUFFLE FAIR, Alba, Piedmont; 12 Oct-17 November 2013. 6 Oct Palio degli Asini

The 83rd edition annual festival dedicated to the extraordinary delicacy that is the Alba White Truffle. A myriad of events spanning from: cinema festival, medieval representations such as the Palio degli Asini, beauty contest, wine tastings of the famous Barbera and Barbaresco wines, food-related events, theatre, music to culminate with the world famous Truffle market for the best and biggest truffle.

NATIONAL CHESTNUTS FAIR, Cuneo, Piedmont, 17-20 October (website only in Italian)

The event fills the old town with tastes and aromas for four days and attracts exhibitors from all over Piedmont and beyond.

48th NATIONAL WHITE TRUFFLE FAIR , Acqualagna, Piazza Mattei, Acqualagna , Marche. 27 Oct and 1,2,3,9,10 Nov.

The central square of this delightful town will be transformed with about 100 stands all selling this renowned delicacy, fresh truffles, charcuterie, wine, honey and cheeses all locally sourced.

(OPEN HOUSE AT THE OIL MILLS) in UMBRIA, Various locations, Umbria Region. 1 November – 8 December 2013

The “Open House at the Oil Mills” Now in its 16th edition this year there are seven, not-to-be-missed weekends for rediscovering a truly one of a kind product, olive oil. Loads of events will be hosted throughout Umbria along the Oil Dop Road during the extended edition of “Open House at the Oil Mills” dedicated to Dop Umbria extra virgin olive oil to be held in participating towns and oil mills along with entertainment and cultural initiatives.

FESTA DEL TORRONE, CREMONA,Cremona, Lombardy. 16-24 November 2013
(website only in Italian)

Torrone is the sweet nougat typical of Cremona, now famous all over the world. This year Cremona will have stalls selling all types of torrone, shows, music, historical re-enactments and typical Cremonese meals can be enjoyed in the many restaurants of the city. A giant torrone will be created in the main piazza.

EIN PROSIT, food and wine festival in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Tarvisio – Malborghetto, Friuli Venezia Giulia. 14-17 November 2013 (no English language website version)

Thiswill be the 25th event, the biggest in Friuli Venezia Giulia for food and wine lovers. There will be a series of tastings of regional food in the many restaurants participating to the event, wine tastings, workshops, seminars and other events related to the theme of the festival.

CIOCCOLA-TO,’ Turin, varios venues. 22 November – 2 December (no English language website page)
Cioccolatò, Turin’s major event dedicated to chocolate pays homage to the food of the gods.

Carrù (Cuneo), 12 December 2013

The “Fat Ox Fair” is an irresistible event- a living mix of local traditions, excellent food, competition, good wine, colourful people from bull breeders to bull buyers, markets and emotions held in the picturesque Langhe wine region.

Sant’Agata Feltria. (Rimini) 6-27th October

The White Truffle Fair of Sant’Agatha Feltria welcomes large crowds every year. The city itself is a medieval town and has earned itself the nickname, Truffle City. Alongisde the numerous gourmet truffle delights and other local products such as mushrooms and chesnuts, there are also cultural exhibits, arts performances and plenty of enteraintment! mushrooms, chestnuts, honey herbs and products of sheep farming.

EEL FESTIVAL. Comacchio (Ferrara) October 12-13th
The eel is the undisputed queen of the Comacchio valleys: prepared, according to the tradition, by the sailors of Comacchio at the food stand in the courtyard of Palazzo Bellini, next to Trepponti, or cooked by local chefs who update ancient recipes. The historic city centre, the canals, the Loggia dei Cappuccini and the Manifattura dei Marinati will be the scenery for gastronomic itineraries, stands, events and the market of antiques and curios.

SAGRA DEL FORMAGGIO DI FOSSA, Talamello, hills around Rimini. November 10-17th (website only in Italian)
The pits where the cheese is kept to mature are dug into the sandstone and valued like priceless diamonds: cleaned, renovated and lined with appropriate materials. The cheese is put underground in August, and is recovered in late autumn. So in November (second and third weekend) the little town of Talamello celebrates the Sagra del Formaggio di Fossa “Ambra di Talamello” (food fair of pit cheese), together with a series of other typical products that are either from this region or from various places in Italy.

IL PESCE FA FESTA – FESTIVAL OF FISH, Cesenatico (Forlì-Cesena) 31st October – 3rd November.
An annual celebration in the town of Cesenatico, this is a hugely popular destination to enjoy gourmet fish from the local fishermen. The festival also showcases local wine of the area and diners come from all over Italy to enjoy this town’s gourmet delights. The festival programme includes a market exhibition with 80 stalls, open air stalls on the Canal Port and tasting stations in the town centre of baked and grilled fish. The Colonia Agip a huge restaurant is open for the entire duration of the festival, with a wide range of traditional fish recipes prepared by the cooks of the Association of Restaurants of Cesenatico.

NOVEMBER PORC: ON THE PIG’S BACK! Sissa, Polesine Parmense, Zibello, Roccabianca (Parma) every weekend of November
Every weekend of November, in the land of Verdi and Guareschi, the greediest salami competition of Italy will take place in four different towns: the biggest Mariolone (in Sissa), the heaviest Prete (in Polesine Parmense), the longest Strolghino (in Zibello), the biggest Chocolate (in Roccabianca). Along with PDO Culatello di Zibello Salami, the Culatello di Zibello Route offers a table laid with typical flavours of Parma.

Listings courtesy of the ENIT, the Italian State Tourist Board

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