Top Choice Art in Castello

La Biennale di Venezia

Europe’s premier arts showcase since 1907 is something of a misnomer: the Biennale is now actually held every year, but the spotlight alternates between art (odd-numbered years) and architecture (even-numbered years…
Top Choice Theatre in Syracuse

Ciclo di Rappresentazioni Classiche

Syracuse claims the only school of classical Greek drama outside Athens, and from early May to early July it hosts live performances of Greek plays (in Italian) at the Teatro Greco, attracting Italy's finest perform…
Top Choice Carnival in Sciacca

SciacCarnevale

Sciacca's carnival is famous for its flamboyance and fabulous party atmosphere. Held between the last Thursday before Lent and Shrove Tuesday, it features an amazing parade of huge papier-mâché figures mounted on fl…
Top Choice Music in Perugia

Umbria Jazz

Ever since making its debut in 1973, Perugia's swinging 10-day July festival, Umbria Jazz, has put the city firmly on the world jazz map, with such headline acts as BB King, Van Morrison, James Brown, Sting, Chet Ba…
Top Choice Carnival in Mamoiada

Carnevale

Mamoida stages the island's most boisterous Carnevale celebrations. These kick off in mid-January with the Festa di Sant'Antonio Abate, and climax on Shrove Tuesday and the preceding Sunday (February or early March)…
Top Choice Religious in Cagliari

Festa di Sant’Efisio

Visitors descend in droves for this saintly celebration in May. On the opening day the effigy of St Ephisius, Cagliari’s patron saint, is taken from the Chiesa di Sant'Efisio and paraded through the streets on a bul…
Top Choice Sports in Trieste

Barcolana Regatta

Trieste’s ‘Autumn Cup’ is the largest regatta in the world. Over 2500 boats fill the bay in front of the city while the seafront promenade is filled with food stalls, bars and entertainment. The race runs from the B…
Top Choice Religious in Grado

Perdòn de Barbana

On the first Sunday in July, a joyful and colourful votive procession that transports the statue of the Virgin from the Basilica di Sant'Eufemia to the Santuario di Barbana. Fishermen have done this since 1237 when …
Top Choice Food & Drink in Ragusa

Scale del Gusto

For three days in October, Ragusa's squares, streets and Unesco-listed buildings not usually open to the public become evocative settings for this buzzing celebration of Sicilian food and artisan food producers. The…
Top Choice Carnival in Mamoiada

Festa di Sant'Antonio Abate

Bonfires rage throughout Mamoiada for two nights starting on 16 January as half-human, half-animal mamuthones parade through the streets – clad in sheepskins and shaking heavy bells – accompanied by white-masked, re…