Italians love their folk traditions: they celebrate every traditional event with a spectacular party, and some of them attract many international visitors every year. Fireworks, music and folk dances: great chances to celebrate together in the streets!

The Battaglia dei fiori (Battle of flowers) is a festival that takes place at the end of June in Ventimiglia, near Imperia, in Liguria. It’s not a battle indeed, rather a parade in which floats decorated with flowers go through the city: every float has more than 10.000 flowers, which are fixed on it few hours before the parade. During the parade girls on the floats throw flowers to the other floats and to the public, so that’s the reason why it is called “battle”.

The Regata Storica is an historical and sport event that takes place every first Sunday of September in Venice. This important event is rooted in the history of Venice, and nobody exactly knows when the first regata (rowing race) took place. The event takes place along the Canal Grande and is one of the most picturesque event of the city. The event is split in two different moments: the historical parade and the sport race.

If you think you have seen all the Carnival parties… You should definitely go and see the one in Ivrea, close to Turin! The Carnival of Ivrea is unique for its.. oranges. In fact this event is famous mostly for its battle of oranges, as the participants fight in the main streets and square of the city throwing oranges to each other. If you want to go and see, make sure you get the “frigio” cap, a traditional red cap that will refrain people from hitting you with oranges!

And if you like horse races you can’t miss the Palio of Siena, that takes place every year on July 2nd and August 16th. The Palio is a secular tradition strictly connected with the origin of the Contradas of Siena (districts into which the town is divided). The Contradas are agonistic institutions with their own government, oratory, coat of arms, appellations, sometimes titles of nobility, emblems and colours; originally, there were about fifty-nine “Contrade”, now only seventeen.

So, which one would you like to take part in?

Rita Fabbri