JUNE 2019 |Top Events in Italy

by Elena Brunello
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Which are the best events happening in June in Italy? Find here the complete list selected by Where Milan. The very best of events in Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice, Sicily, Naples, the Alps and more. Find out where in Italy your events take place and use our personalized map at the end of this page.

SPORT | Moto Grand Prix in Tuscany at Mugello

2 JUNE
Florence, Tuscany (Central Italy)
The Mugello race track is property of Ferrari. Every year the Moto Grand Prix makes its stop in Italy here, near Florence, in the heart of Tuscany. Fourteen turns and a total length of 5 kilometres. The circuit stadium has a capacity of 50,000. An excellent opportunity to visit Tuscany in early summer of you are a Grand Prix passionate.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of the Moto Grand Prix


EXHIBITION | Italian Garden and Superb American Art Collection at Villa Panza

OPEN ALL YEAR
Varese, near Milan, Lombardy (Northern Italy)
A majestic villa from the XVIII century with a superb Italian garden hosts one of the most prominent and important collections of American art in the world. Villa Panza, donated by Giuseppe and Giovanna Panza di Biumo to FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) in 1996 hosts a permanent collection with works by Dan Flavin and James Turrell among others and several temporary exhibitions. This is a must visit if in Milan. We strongly suggest having lunch at the villa’s restaurant facing the garden.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of Villa Panza


EXHIBITION | Grotesque process

OPEN ALL YEAR
Milan, Lombardy (Northern Italy)
In 2006, in order to realize the photographic work Grotto, Thomas Demand, commissioned by Fondazione Prada, used a postcard as his starting point in recreating a grotto located on the island Maiorca. Employing 30 tons of grey cardboard, shaped with the help of a computer and laid out to form a stratification with 900,000 sections, the artist recreated the rock chamber, stalactites and stalagmites displayed on the postcard in order to photograph the work.
> Additional info and tickets Grotesque Process Official Website


GUIDED TOUR | Gran Sasso National Laboratory of Nuclear Physics

OPEN ALL YEAR
L’Aquila, Abruzzo (Central Italy)
Guided tours to the Gran Sasso National Laboratory (LNGS) of Nuclear Physics. One of the most important laboratories in the world for the study of astrophysics and particle physics, this laboratory is located in the stunning landscapes of the Gran Sasso National Park and it features one of the longest underground tunnels in the world.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of the Gran Sasso Laboratory


 

FAIR | Milano Moda Uomo S/S 2019

14-17 JUNE
Milan, Lombardy (Northern Italy)
Milano Moda Uomo is the most iconic and traditional fashion event in Milan. One of the most famous fashion fair in the world, together with Paris, it schedules the very best of international brands. Fashion shows, events, parties, conferences, and special openings. Milan appears at its best during this time.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of Milano Moda Uomo


MUSIC | Opera Season at La Fenice Theatre in Venice

NOVEMBER TO OCTOBER
Venice, Veneto (Northern Italy)
One of Venice’s landmarks and main attractions, Teatro la Fenice offers its guests an interesting 2017-2018 season featuring a meld of opera, performances, dance and a fascinating symphonic season. The Barber of Seville, La Boeme, and The Elixir of Love are just some of the names on the schedule.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of La Fenice Opera Theatre


SPORT | Color Run Marathon

JUNE – EXACT DATES COMING SOON. STAY TUNED.
Milan, Lombardy (Northern Italy)
Probably one of the funniest run in the world. The Color Run is a worldwide event held every year in different cities of the world. A colourful and cheerful way to do sport. Start wearing a white t-shirt and be prepared to get all coloured by the end of the track. Dance and celebrate with music at the arrival point. No worries, it’s not about winning and doing a good performance. It’s just about fun!
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of The Color Run


LOCAL FOLKLORE | Nativity Scenes in San Gregorio Armeno

OPEN ALL YEAR
Naples, Campania (Southern Italy)
Nativity scenes are a must in Catholic culture but when in Naples, this tradition changes from simple ritual to art. Neapolitan artisans have been making presepe (nativity scenes) for centuries. In the city area of San Gregorio Armeno there are hundred stalls selling the most original ones. It is no oddity to find a Nativity Scene where Neapolitan house-wives appear next to Jesus while cooking spaghetti or Italian Politician are found as main actors of these scenes. This is a must visit if in Naples.
> No tickets needed


FESTIVAL | European Photography

12 APRIL – 9 JUNE
Reggio Emilia – near Bologna and Milan, Emilia Romagna (Northern Italy)
One of the most famous photography festivals in Italy together with MIA in Milan, the Reggio Emilia’s European Photography is an international cultural festival dedicated to contemporary photography. It celebrates the complexity of the contemporary living following the lesson of legendary photographer Luigi Ghirri, who’s archived is stored in Reggio Emilia.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of European Photography Reggio Emilia


FESTIVAL | Color Fest Calabria

JUNE. EXACT DATES COMING SOON. STAY TUNED.
Corigliano Calabro, Calabria (Southern Italy)
Color Fest is hosted in the picturesque village of Corigliano Calabro. A march starting from the harbour area and arriving at the Palmeto area, where a huge stage hosts music bands from day to night. During the parade people smear each other with colours and drench each other with water and colour-filled balloons. Inspired by Indian Holi Festival, this event today takes place all over the world.
> Additional info and tickets Facebook Page of Calabria Color Fest


FESTIVAL | Molo Street Parade

JUNE. EXACT DATES COMING SOON. STAY TUNED.
Rimini – near Bologna, Milan, and Venice, Emilia Romagna (Northern Italy)
More than 200,000 people gather in Rimini, the beach destination par excellence when it comes to the region of Emilia Romagna for the Molo Street Parade. Since last year’s edition Molo couples with Holi Colour Dance Festival: an occasion to see the beaches filled with people dancing and throwing colours at each other.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of Molo Street Parade


FESTIVAL | Rock in Rome

JUNE TO JULY. EXACT DATES COMING SOON. STAY TUNED.
Rome, Lazio (Central Italy)
Rock in Rome is one of Italy’s biggest rock festivals, if not the biggest. It schedules concerts for over a month, with celebrities such as The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen. More than 1 million people gather in Italy’s capital. This is the event for rock lovers and for all the people that enjoy good music.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of RockInRome


EXHIBITION | Dan Flavin neons at Chiesa Rossa

OPEN ALL YEAR
Milan, Lombardy (Northern Italy)
A site-specific artwork and installation designed by American artist Dan Flavin following an invitation, in 1996, from Italian priest Giulio Greco. This artwork is the central element of the Santa Maria Annunciata in Chiesa Rossa Church in Milan, part of a project realized by Fondazione Prada. Enter the nave of this 1930s church to visit Untitled: green, pink, gold, ultraviolet, and blue sources of illumination permeate the sacred atmosphere of this temple.
> Additional info and tickets Dan Flavin’s Official Website at Chiesa Rossa Church


EXHIBITION | Anselm Kiefer at Hangar Bicocca

OPEN ALL YEAR
Milan, Lombardy (Northern Italy)
Since 25 September 2016 Pirelli Hangar Bicocca unveiled the new installation by German contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer. The new show is and expansion of The Seven Heavenly Palaces, a permanent work conceived as a site-specific project in 2004. Five large-format paintings are now on display together with Kiefer’s seven towers.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of Anselm Kiefer Installation


LOCAL FOLKLORE | The Historical Reenactment of the Besiege of Canelli

JUNE
Canelli, near Turin and Milan, Piedmont (Northern Italy)
It was June 1641 when the village of Canelli was besieged. Since 1992 the people of Canelli reenact this event making of it an annual appointment not to miss. A huge historical reenactment with parades, masquerades, battles, markets, and workshops. All in a pure Medieval style. An interesting opportunity to learn about local culture and history in one of Italy’s most avant-guard regions in terms of cuisine.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of the Assedio of Canelli


LOCAL FOLKLORE | Historical Reenactment in Apulia

2 JUNE
Fasano, near Bari and Brindisi, Apulia (Southern Italy)
The “Scamiciata” is a historical reenactment that takes place at the end of June, every year, in the city of Fasano. It commemorates with a huge parade, flags, and drums, the battle in which Apulians defeated the Turks after years of pirates’ attacks.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of the Scamiciata


LOCAL FOLKLORE | The Night of Saint John

24 JUNE
Ostuni, near Bari and Brindisi, Apulia (Southern Italy)
Tradition says that on the Night of Saint John (Notte di San Giovanni) witches descended on Earth and influenced people, things, and animals. The only way to fight this spell is to carry Saint John’s herbs (lavender, rosemary) and to symbolically eat snails as a symbol of letting go worryings. The festivity of Sain John is celebrated with fireworks, music, and stalls that send local products in the beautiful and picturesque village of Ostuni.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of the Night of Saint John in Ostuni


SPORT | World Rally Race in Sardinia

JUNE- EXACT DATES COMING SOON | STAY TUNED ON OUR WEBSITE OR CHECK THE EVENT’S WEBSITE
Alghero, Sardinia (Central Italy)
The World Rally Competition makes its usual stop in Italy, Sardinia, one the country’s most beautiful island. A superb occasion to enjoy the race and head to the region’s breathtaking beaches and clear water. Sardinia is a pearl of the Mediterranean Sea.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of the Sardinia World Rally Stop


FESTIVAL | Ancient Greek Theatre Festival of Siracusa

MAY – JULY – EXACT DATES COMING SOON | STAY TUNED ON OUR WEBSITE OR CHECK THE EVENT’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Siracusa, near Palermo, Sicily (Southern Italy)
Siracusa’s Greek Festival is one of the most important events of this kind in Italy. Greek plays are on display in the spectacular atmosphere of Siracusa’s Roman amphitheatre. Among these: Oedipus at Colonus and Euripides’ Heracles.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of the Greek Theatre Festival of Siracusa


MUSIC |Djoon Experience in Sicilian Island of Favignana

MAY – JUNE – EXACT DATES COMING SOON | STAY TUNED ON OUR WEBSITE OR CHECK THE EVENT’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Favignana, near Palermo, Sicily (Southern Italy)
Five days of fun, sun, music, and food on the beautiful island of Favignana, Sicily. Favignana is Egadi’s most famous island: its sceneries and landscapes are breathtaking. House, disco, and afro music to celebrate the beginning of summer at the sea.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of Djoon Experience


LOCAL FOLKLORE | Calcio Storico: Florence’s Historic Football

24 JUNE
Florence, Tuscany (Central Italy)
This event is considered one of the most famous traditions in Florence. It happens every 24 June and it consists in an early form of football, that originated in 16th century, and that resembles rugby. It is a very violent match and for the Florentines it is one of the most important events of the year. Head to Piazza Santa Croce and enjoy the match and the historic parade. As for Siena’s Palio (the city’s historic bareback horse race) there are very little rules. Be prepared!
> Additional info and tickets Official Website Of Calcio Storico Fiorentino


LOCAL FOLKLORE | The Saracen Joust

22 JUNE
Arezzo, near Florence, Tuscany (Central Italy)
The Saracen Joust of Arezzo is an ancient game of chivalry that dates back to the Middle Ages. It is somehow similar to the Palio of Siena (the bareback horse-race held in August) and it was born as an exercise for military training. The tournament became the most important tradition in the city and it is held twice a year in June and September.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of the Saracen Joust


FOOD | Caciucco Pride in Livorno, Tuscany

JUNE. EXACT DATES COMING SOON. STAY TUNED.
Livorno, near Florence, Tuscany (Central Italy)
Livorno is not famous for its beauty, especially if compared to other cities in Tuscany. However, it is famous for its inhabitants’ legendary wit. Every June the city celebrates its culture with the Caciucco Pride an event focused on the city’s typical dish, the caciucco: a fish stew cooked in onions, tomatoes, leeks, zucchini, and spices broth. It’s delicious and very typical of Livorno and Tuscany’s and Liguria coasts.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of the Caciucco Pride in Livorno


YOGA | Bhakti Festival in the hills near Florence

JUNE-EXACT DATES COMING SOON | STAY TUNED ON OUR WEBSITE OR CHECK THE EVENT’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE
S.Casciano, near Florence. Tuscany (Central Italy)
Three days of yoga, music, and meditation on the hills near Florence. Just a stone’s throw from one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, this yoga festival is one of the biggest in the country. A peaceful opportunity to get away from the flocks of tourist in Florence and observe nature and one self in the amazing landscape of Tuscany’s country side.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of Bhakti Yoga and Meditation Festival


NATURE | The Flowering of the Plateau of Castelluccio di Norcia

MAY-JUNE-JULY-AUGUST
Castelluccio di Norcia, near Rome and Florence, Umbria (Central Italy)
It’s one of the most charming nature events in the country. The flowering of the plateau of Castelluccio di Norcia, a stone’s throw from Assisi, happens during spring and summer when a huge field of lgentianellas, daffodils, violets, poppies, buttercups, daffodils, purple eugeniae, clovers, shamrocks and much more blossom of thousand colours. It is one of the most secluded places in the country. A Trip here is also a great opportunity to taste a plate of Castelluccio’s delicious lentils, the most famous in the world.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of The Flowering of the Plateau of Castellucio


MUSIC | iDays Music Festival in Milan

JUNE-EXACT DATES COMING SOON | STAY TUNED ON OUR WEBSITE OR CHECK THE EVENT’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Milan, Lombardy (Northern Italy)
iDays is one of the most famous music festivals in Italy. It happens every June in Milan, in the former Expo area. This year The Killer, Liam Gallagher, and Pearl Jam on schedule. Do not miss it!
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of iDays Festival


MUSIC | Firenze Rocks Festival

13-16 JUNE
Florence, Tuscany (Central Italy)
What about experiencing some really good rock in Italy’s Reinassance capital? Firenze Rocks is a rock festival held every June and featuring, among others, the Iron Maiden and the Guns ‘n Roses.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of Firenze Rocks Festival


MUSIC | Terraforma Electronic Music Festival

JUNE – JULY-EXACT DATES COMING SOON | STAY TUNED ON OUR WEBSITE OR CHECK THE EVENT’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Milan, Lombardy (Northern Italy)
Terraforma is probably one of the most interesting and up to date music festivals in Europe. It is hosted in the breath-taking scenery of Villa Arconati, just a couple of minutes out of Milan, in the midst of nature. An experimental festival in terms of music, architecture, and vibe. Do try it.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of Terraforma Festival


FAIR | Vintage Selection in Florence

JUNE – EXACT DATES COMING SOON | STAY TUNED ON WHERE MILAN OR CHECK THE EVENT’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE.
Florence, Tuscany (Central Italy)
Vintage Selection is one of the most prestigious international fashion events for quality vintage design. It brings together every year exhibitors and collectors of vintage clothing and accessories from around the world at the Leopolda Station. Vintage Selections is held at the same time of huge fashion event Pitti Filati: a unique moment where fashion professionals and aficionados from all over the world gather in Florence.
> Additional info and tickets Official Website of Vintage Selection


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