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Tuscany, Italy

Italian winter festivals and things to do

Posted by Luci Ackers on Oct 01, 2015
Festivals and fireworks in Italy
Festivals and fireworks in Italy
  • Festivals and fireworks in Italy
  • Cervinia skiing
  • Carnevale in Venice


Italy is usually a popular destination for summer getaways and romantic breaks throughout the year. However, this beautiful country is just as action-packed and interesting in the winter months! Discover all the events, festivals and things you can do while visiting in the colder season.

Winter attractions

Obviously with winter weather you can expect the inevitable snow which makes it perfect for skiing and snowboarding. With places such as the Alps and the Dolomites in Italy you are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a skiing resort.

In 2006, the Winter Olympics was held in the Piedmont region in Italy. You can visit these mountain villages and ski down the Piedmont Mountains – the same ones that Olympic skiers competed on!

If you venture more towards the Swiss border, or if you're passing on journey to Stigliano, you will find a village called Cervinia near the base of the Matterhorn. In the village you can find amenities such as casinos, swimming pools, and a movie theatre should you fancy something indoors.

Winter festivals

Carnevale, also known as Mardi Gras, is a popular winter festival in Italy. It occurs around the beginning of January and traditionally involves parades, masquerade balls, and many street parties. You can also find music and entertainment amongst the celebrations. Venice is known for having the best Carnevale celebrations in the country and most places will sell masks for you to purchase so you can join in with the festivities.

New Year’s Eve, or La Festa di San Silvestro, is a huge celebration in Italy. This includes typical celebrations such as music, fireworks, and drinking. Family and friends also get together for a huge feast as, like most Italian festivals, food is a key part to the celebration! Different foods have different meanings. For example pork symbolises the richness of life and lentils symbolise good fortune.

Le Befana is another traditional Italian festival. It celebrates the tale of a witch who got lost on her travels to visit Baby Jesus and now leaves gifts and sweets for children on the eve of January 5th. Festivities include children being able to meet Le Befana (the witch) and the town of Urbania holds a four day celebration. There are also boat races held in Venice on January 6th on the Grand Canal with people dressed as the popular character.

Stay in a quaint little hamlet in Tuscany and experience Italian culture for yourself. Follow the link below to find out how.

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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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