Events 2015

Please note, this is not a definitive list of events.

For a more detailed & up-to-date list, please contact

NB.  Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy (but this is Italy and subject to more change than normal!)


Notes

  • Sagra translates as ‘fair’ (in this case food fair)
  • Local patron saint celebrations: religious fervour, the town decorated with lights, brass band, fireworks etc.
  • During the summer months, concerts & guided tours by night are held at some of the archeological heritage sites such as     Pompeii & Paestum.
  • Notte Bianca began in the cities & spread to towns signalling the end of the summer season. Towns stay open all night – shops, bars, museums – and shows/attractions are organised.
January 01 Public Holiday – New Year
06 Public Holiday – Epiphany
February dates TBC Carnevale
March dates TBC FAI (Fondo Ambienti Italiano

Open days for buildings of historical importance normally closed to the public

dates TBC Settimana della Cultura (Culture Week) 

Public museums are free & open til late end of March/beginning of April

March-June Ravello: Chamber Music on the Amalfi Coast

The venue is the Villa Rufolo and its gardens, where a first class programme of refined music is performed by international musical academi

 

April

dates TBC Easter Celebrations Held by towns and villages alike.  Processions, chants – religious celebrations are common to all.  Some of these are more theatrical than others.  Costumed re-enactments – Stations of the Cross, Crucifixion, Burial (accompanied by the ‘people’, ‘mourners’ in white robes etc.) – are very popular.  The moving atmosphere is partly thanks to the architecture and the removal of all contemporary signs and the fact lanterns provide light.  For further details re. Programme of Events, please contact us.
03 Good Friday – Celebrations in most towns (Massa Lubrense, Amalfi, Minori, Sorrento)
05 Easter Sunday – Celebrations held in every town (mass held & brass band plays at least)
06 Public Holiday – Easter Monday
25 Public Holiday – Anniversary of the Liberation
May 01 Public Holiday – Labour Day
Maggio dei Monumenti 

Last weekend of April & every weekend in May.  All churches, museums and monuments in Naples (and elsewhere) will have free admission.  For more info. please contact

June 02 Public Holiday – Festa della Repubblica
03 Public Holiday – Pentecost
24 Vietri sul Mare & Pontone: San Giovanni – patron saint celebrations
27 Amalfi: Sant’Andrea – patron saint celebrations
29 Maiori & Cetara: San Pietro – patron saint celebrations
21 June – 20 September Ravello Festival. Sud (South) is the theme of this year’s festival.  A cultural event complementing the famous open-air concerts.  On a stage overlooking the Gulf of Salerno and located in Villa Rufolo’s magical ‘Garden of Klingsor’ some of the world’s renowned philharmonic orchestras captivate.  Exhibitions, Dance, Cinema, Visual Arts etc. are scheduled.
July TBC Cetara: Sagra del Tonno (tuna)
13 Minori: Santa Trofimena – patron saint celebrations
22 Atrani: Santa Maria Maddalena in Atrani – patron saint celebrations
27 Ravello: San Pantaleone – patron saint celebrations. The Patron Saint’s Day is marked by religious ceremonies and celebrates the phenomenon of liquified blood.  A call to the faithful and the bringing together of families near and far.  Lights, bands, processions and fireworks guarantee to make this coming together all the more memorable.
July-August Maiori: Jazz on the Coast
Ravello Festival (see June above for details)
August dates TBC Throughout August – Sagre: 

  • La Sfogliatella (Neapolitan pastry) – Conca dei Marini
  • La Pizza – Tramonti
  • La Melanzana alla Cioccolata (aubergines in chocolate sauce) – Maiori
  • Alici (anchovies) – Atrani
  • Zucche & Zucchini (marrows & courgettes) – Pogerola
  • Fior di Latte (mozzarella) – Agerola
dates TBC ‘Scala meets New York’ – debates, cultural events & entertainment.  A friendship agreement between the two towns in memory of 9/11 and aimed at promoting peace.
10 Scala: San Lorenzo – patron saint celebrations
15 Public Holiday – The Assumption
15 Maiori & Positano: Santa Maria a Mare – patron saint celebrations
September dates TBC Furore: Sagra del Fico d’India (prickly pear)
dates TBC Praiano: Notte Bianca
dates TBC Positano: Notte Bianca
dates TBC Rome: Notte Bianca.  As many as 400 attractions – street musicians, acrobats, concerts, shows.
dates TBC Naples: Notte Bianca
dates TBC Gusta Minori (Theatrical Kermesse)
19 Naples: San Gennaro – patron saint celebrations
dates TBC End of Sept/beginning Oct La Fiaccolata in Torello (suburb of Ravello)
A reconstruction of the time the town was raised to the ground (includes a spectacular firework display involving the whole town)
September-November Ravello: Chamber Music on the Amalfi Coast.  The venue is the Villa Rufolo and its gardens, where a first class programme of refined music is performed by international musical academies.
October dates TBC Scala: Sagra della Castagna (chestnut)
dates TBC International Cinema Festival in Sorrento
November 01 Public Holiday – All Saints’ Day
02 All Souls’ Day
December dates TBC Positano: Sagra della Zeppola (local doughnut)
08 Public Holiday – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Christmas Week – religious celebrations in most towns – each will have their own programme of events/attractions