Don't think of Italy as only a summer destination. There are plenty of things to do and to see during the Italian spring, fall, and even winter. This series of articles provides ideas for your Italian vacation, describing regional spectacles, tourist attractions, and special events, at any time of year. Off-season Italian holidays have several advantages: You won't fight the crowds, hotels and other accommodations are easier and cheaper to find. Whatever time of year you go, every region has its own special festivals. Plan your spring Italian holidays now. Keep reading.
So you are thinking of visiting northern Italy in April, but youíre just not sure what to see and to do. Donít you despair; there are lots and lots of special events that simply arenít available in the good old summertime. Here are a few of them. Get rolling; April is almost upon us. We start our virtual tour in Lombardy and then head east to Trentino-Alto Adige. There are so many things to see and do in northern Italy in April that this is the second of three articles.
The city of Cremona, Lombardy with a population about 72 thousand is located about 65 miles (105 kilometers) southeast of Milan hosts an antique show called A Thousand Toys. Many of the toys are hundreds of years old. Kids from age five to ninety five should circle the first Sunday in April on their calendar. On April 9 and 10 the town of Pontida, population 3 thousand some 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Milan holds a costumed parade. This spectacle commemorates a local alliance against the head of the Holy Roman Empire, Federico Barbarossa. A few days later in the month the city of Brescia whose population is about 200 thousand holds a firearms and accessories show.
The bilingual town of Egna (Neumarkt in German), population about 4500 is situated some 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of Bolzano. On the second Sunday of April it hosts the Alto-Adige Marathon. Runners may be easily distracted and winded when they pass through the local mountain towns. At monthís end Alto-Adigeís capital Bolzano (Bozen in German), population about 100 thousand, located some 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of the Trentino capital Trento presents a century-old celebration of spring, the Festa dei Fiori. This Festa takes place in the automobile-free Piazza Walther (Waltherplatz) which was named for Twelfth Century German wandering minstrel Walther von der Vogelweide who lampooned the papacy and supported the Holy Roman Emperor. Mussolini had his statue removed but it proudly returned after World War II.
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April events, spectacles, and tourist attractions in Northern Italy