Tutte le feste italiane

Tutte le feste in Italia!
In Italia c’è sempre un’occasione per festeggiare insieme qualcosa e vivere felici.. Alcune feste sono personali, altre comunali, altre ancora nazionali e, infine, ci sono quelle religiose. In questo articolo troverete una lista di tutte le feste italiane a cui potrete partecipare se venite in Italia!

Feste italiane comunali
Festa patronale: il comune, cioè la città, festeggia ovviamente tutte le feste italiane nazionali. Ma c’è un giorno (a volte esteso a un weekend o a tutta una settimana) in cui la festa è dedicata alla città. Anche questa festa italiana andrebbe messa sotto l’etichetta di “festività religiosa”, ma oggi è solo un’occasione per portare divertimento e socialità per le strade del comune.

Ogni città italiana ha un suo “Santo Protettore”. Le feste patronali si festeggiano, allora, nel giorno dedicato al santo. Il santo di Milano, per esempio, è Sant’Ambrogio. E allora la festa di Milano è il 7 dicembre, proprio il giorno dedicato a Sant’Ambrogio.

Feste italiane laiche
Capodanno – 1 gennaio : l’inizio dell’anno

Festa della Liberazione – 25 aprile: festa italiana che ricorda la liberazione dal regime fascista e nazista il 25 aprile 1945.

Festa del lavoro – 1 maggio: si celebra il lavoro come diritto di tutti ( ma in questo giorno non si lavora!)

Festa della Repubblica Italiana – 2 giugno: festa nazionale che celebra la nascita della Repubblica il 2 giugno 1946

Feste religiose nazionali
In Italia ci sono moltissime feste religiose. Metteremo in questa lista quelle più importanti a livello nazionale per credenti e atei. Si tratta di giorni, quindi, considerati festivi dallo Stato italiano.

Epifania – 6 gennaio: si festeggia la visita dei Re Magi a Gesù

Pasqua – data variabile: in questa festa italiana si ricorda la resurrezione di Gesù.

Lunedì dell’Angelo / Pasquetta – data variabile: è il giorno dopo Pasqua, lunedì.

Ferragosto – 15 agosto: anche se quasi nessuno lo sa, Ferragosto è una festa religiosa. Si festeggia l’ascensione di Maria al cielo.

Tutti i Santi – 1 novembre: in questo giorno si festeggiano, semplicemente, tutti i santi.

Immacolata Concezione – 8 dicembre: giorno in cui si ricorda il fatto che Maria fosse nata senza Peccato Originale.

Natale – 25 dicembre: si celebra la nascita di Gesù

Santo Stefano – 26 dicembre: giorno istituito per allungare la festività natalizia.

Feste personali
Compleanno: è il giorno in cui si festeggia la nostra nascita. C’è poco da dire su questo argomento: tutti noi festeggiamo il compleanno e a tutti piace ricevere regali!

Onomastico: festa personale ma anche religiosa che in Italia alcuni tengono in grande considerazione. In questo giorno si festeggia il santo che porta il nostro stesso nome. Per esempio, se io mi chiamo Pietro, il mio onomastico è il 29 giugno, giorno dedicato a San Pietro (e San Paolo).

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Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

CONTEMPORARY/ Simone Forti: Senza Fretta

June 19-August 29

 

Works completed during lockdown, using shopping bags

 

 

Senza Fretta (Without Hurry) is the first major Italian exhibition by American-Italian multidisciplinary artist Simone Forti, whose family was originally from Prato. Curated by Luca Lo Pinto and Elena Magini, the show was developed in close collaboration with the artist, focusing on works Forti has developed since the mid-1980s. Highlights include News Animation, in which the artist analyses the relationship between language, movement and physicality, starting from the news written in papers. With performances, print, video and audio, the exciting show is accompanied by a soundtrack by Forti, who reads her work titled The Bear in the Mirror, a collection of stories, prose, poems, photos, letters, notes and memories. There will be a weekly rotation of some of her historic performances, including Scramble, Song of the Vowels and Cloths and Rollers. The final room reveals previously unpublished drawings that Forti created during the first lockdown in Spring 2020.

 

Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci,

viale della Repubblica 277, Prato

 

 

 

GREEN/TEMPORARY BOTANY, THE ART OF INVISIBLE GARDENS

June 18 – September 19

 

ph. Andrea Martiradonna

 

 

Launching Manifattura Tabacchi’s latest installation is a 3-day programme from June 18-20, prompting reflections on humankind’s links with nature through a series of talks, workshops, film screenings and a flower and plant market. A giant installation aimed at encouraging flora and wild fauna fills the loggia that separates piazza dell’Orologio from Giardino della Ciminiera. Curated by architect Antonio Perazzi, it acts as an experiential laboratory and is home to 1555 plants and more than 50 botanical species, set to be installed until September 18. Free admission.

 

Manifattura Tabacchi,

via delle Cascine 33/35, Florence

 

 

 

FILM/ Cinema Di Vino

Until August 4

 

 

 

8 summer evenings from June 16 to August 4 bring together the best of the season with cinema and aperitivi in the marvellous Medici Villa di Lilliano in Bagno a Ripoli. Each event takes place from 7-11pm, with a glass of Malenchini wine on arrival adding to the relaxing atmosphere. With films curated by the Stensen Foundation, choices take a comic theme this year, as we’re all undoubtedly in need of a laugh. Cost is 25 euro per person, that includes a platter of Tuscan specialities, a glass of Malenchini wine and access to the film screening. Seats are provided but feel free to bring a blanket for a lawn-side viewing.

 

Villa Medicea di Lilliano,

Via Lilliano e Meoli 82, Bagno a Ripoli

 

 

 

MUSIC&SCIENCE/ Museo Galileo Suona

3.30-5.30pm, June 21

 

“Talking trumpet”

 

 

Music and science meet to mark the Festa della Musica and the summer solstice in the rooms of the Galileo Museum. Students from the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence bring a harp, guitar and Renaissance and Baroque vocal music to five rooms of the museum, including that which houses Galileo’s original instruments. Items from the museum’s acoustic collection will also get an outing, with the unusual “talking trumpet” from the 17th century bound to create intrigue.

 

Galileo Museum,

Piazza dei Giudici 1, Florence

 

 

 

FESTIVAL/ Estate Fiesolana

June 21 to August 22

 

Image from previous edition

 

 

The 74th edition of the popular summer fest kicks off with the Italian Youth Orchestra on June 21, performing in the spectacular space of the Teatro Romano in Fiesole. Expect to enjoy both national and international music as well as theatre and literary events across various venues in the panoramic hills. Find info on the full series here.

 

 

 

MUSIC/ Ville e Giardini Incantati

Until the end of July

 

Ph. Samantha Vaughn

 

 

Magnificent villas fill with equally spectacular sounds as the Orchestra della Toscana continues to delight audiences throughout June and July. World Heritage Sites become the stages for open air performances, featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn in locations such as Villa Poggio a Caino on June 19 with conductor Vincenzo Milletari and violinist Clarissa Bevilacqua, with the same programme taking place on June 22 at Villa Cerreto Guidi. All performances begin at 9.15pm, with tickets costing 12.50 euro. 

 

 

 

STARS/ Sotto le Stelle

Until the end of September

 

Movies and great food under the stars in the Tuscan countryside

 

 

Head for the hills for a Movie + Dinner Night “Sotto le Stelle” (under the stars) at Poggio Casciano – Le Tre Rane Ruffino, just 20 minutes from Florence. With tastings, poetry, cinema and music, an idyllic summer’s evening awaits in the Tuscan countryside. Wednesdays focus on poetry and Thursdays are all about live music. Price per person 30€, includes dinner, glass of wine and film viewing. Book your spot! Call 378 3050219 or write to [email protected]

 

Poggio Casciano – Le Tre Rane Ruffino,

via Poggio al Mandorlo 1, Bagno a Ripoli

 

 

 

EXHIBITION/ Concept Context Content by DovBer Marchette

Until June 30

 

Abstract expressionist works

 

 

US artist DovBer Marchette comes to the Limonaia of Villa Vogel, with the exhibition curated by Gabriella Diddi and Fabrizio Sorbi. Using only the five colours of blue, yellow, brown, green and white, what he calls “the colours of Tuscany”, Marchette imbues each colour with symbolic value, using soft brush strokes and a great sense of movement. Concepts incorporated in the works include a tree, the starry sky, stains on walls and the grain of wood. A painter and sculptor for over 50 years, his works have been likened to 20th century modernists such as Millet to Sol Lewit.

 

Limonaia di Villa Vogel,

via delle Torri, Florence

 

 

 

VINO/ Cantine Aperte

June 19-20

 

Dante within the vineyards

 

 

Dante Alighieri meets wine in a series of tastings, concerts and readings among the vineyards of Tuscany. The Open Cellars series is a must for all those keen to taste the best of Tuscan wine, with an added literary twist this year in honour of the Supreme Poet. Taking in Bolgheri, the Maremma, Arezzo, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Chianti and more, wine producers open their doors to lovers of literature and vino alike. Reservations required and full programme available here.

 

Various locations in Tuscany

 

 

 

SIP/ Podere Castellare Music Festival

Every Friday in June

 

Music and cocktails with a perfect panorama

 

 

Music meets mixology in the festival curated by Nicola Graziani. The main player in the cocktails will be the Tuscan gin Peter in Florence. Performances by Ada Flocco Quartet, Strettino Jazz Band, Florence Lilium Duo and the Sinedades can be enjoyed as you lounge by the pool or gaze at the sunset over the vineyards from the terrace. Located 30 minutes from Florence, an aperitivo with jazz (and not only) in the sunshine sounds just the ticket (and the tonic). For information and to book, email [email protected] or call +39 328 5618449.

 

Podere Castellare,

Pelago

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Ireland meets Italy: Willos’ folk music

Stephanie Martin left Belfast in Northern Ireland for Siena, travelling with an Englishman. Together they sold olive oil on an idyllic 12 acres of land, living the Tuscan dream. A trip to the university where her partner wanted to study Italian was to change all of that. “He found an ad on the university noticeboard, saying that a locally based Irish folk band was in search of a musician. I called this person, Giulio Putti, and now we’ve been married for years and have two children!” 

 

 

 

Stephanie Martin (fiddle), Lorenzo Del Grande (Irish and concert flutes), Massimo Giuntini (uilleann pipes, flutes, Irish bouzouki), Giulio Putti (bodhrán), Luca Mercurio (Irish bouzouki, folk guitar), and Angelica McGlynn (vocals – not pictured)
Ph/ Senio Firmati

 

 

Giulio adds to the romantic story: “The band had been established for a few years at that point. I visited Ireland in 1998 and fell in love with it. When I came back to Siena, I found an Irish girlfriend who worked at the Irish bar where a folk band from Grosseto used to play. I had played percussion since I was a child, but when I heard the sound of the bodhrán (traditional Irish drum), I couldn’t stop playing or listening to it. In fact, I still haven’t stopped! What’s unbelievable is that we had placed that announcement at the university, seeing that there are so many Erasmus students, and we thought we’d find someone with a connection to Ireland. We nearly lost hope because the notice had been there for about a year with no luck, but then Stephanie arrived!”

 

 

“The band first started in 2001 and was originally called Will o’ the Wisp, taken from a term for ghostly light in folklore, but it was quite complicated and not a good idea for marketing at all! When Stephanie joined the band, she really didn’t like the name, and so when a journalist in France wrote a review of one of our gigs and shortened our name to Willos’, we kept it.” Stephanie says, “I had been classically trained in Belfast and starting playing the violin when I was six. I gave up when I was 16-17, but then when I came to Italy, I really started to study and learn Irish music properly. It’s a way to connect with home.”

 

 

Giulio elaborates, “Our style has evolved over the years. We’re not strictly traditional and always have our own touch to the songs we play: we’re called the black sheep of traditional music by other Italian trad players! Our repertoire is really varied. Some songs come from Stephanie’s great-grandfather, others from Scotland. We’ve published three albums. One called Dirt Tracks was produced by fiddle player Athena Tergis, formerly of Riverdance, and features John Doyle and Liz Carroll as guests. Other highlights have been playing at the Celtic Ball organized by the Irish Embassy in Italy in 2006, and we’ve performed hundreds of concerts all over Europe.”

 

 

 

Ph. Jonathan Exbrayat

 

 

The pandemic, as for all musicians, put a stop to most performances, though there were several silver linings for this group. “We began a new collaboration with Massimo Giuntini, who plays the uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes), a top performer in the Italian folk scene,” Giulio explains. “We are now in the process of recording an album with him. Then another amazing thing happened: one night while everyone was watching TV, I checked my phone and found a message from someone in Scotland called Frank Gillhooley. I quickly realized that he’s the actor from Guardians of the Galaxy and has directed and written several other important works. He asked if he could use our music in a short movie about Brexit and Northern Ireland, and that film is now available on Amazon Prime. Considering we’re a band from Siena that plays Irish music, it was perhaps one of the most extraordinary things to happen to us!” Stephanie adds, “Gilhooley had been searching for months, going through reams and reams of music and listening to people from all over Europe. He said he loved ‘Ballysillan’, one of the songs that I had written. It was an honour to be part of it, you don’t get that phone call every day!” 

 

 

Keen to ever deepen the Irish-Italian connection, Giulio emphasizes, “I love discovering ways in which Italian and Irish cultures connect. A friend, Mary Jane Cryan, let us know about a ballad she discovered in a drawer at the Irish College in Rome, dated 1860, and then we interpreted it. During our gigs, I often like to detail some of these stories, to explain why we, as Italian musicians, are playing Irish music. For example, a woman from the 19th century travelled all over the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines in search of Irish saints, and then there’s the interesting fact that Florence’s San Frediano was in fact Irish: he was called Feenan (Fionnáin in Irish) and was from County Down in Northern Ireland!” 

 

 

Willos’ summer line-up of concerts is thankfully a packed one with gigs taking place all over Tuscany.

 

 

Find out about upcoming concerts at www.willos.it and get listening on Facebook, Soundcloud and YouTube channel

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