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 September vacation, describing regional spectacles, tourist attractions, and special events, and sometimes sports. Italian fall holidays have several advantages: You won’t fight the crowds, hotels and other accommodations are easier and cheaper to find, and every region has its own fall festivals. Start organizing your Italian fall holidays now. Keep reading.
The small regions of Abruzzi and Molise in central Italy lie on the Adriatic Sea. They’re quite traditional and are good places to see the “real” Italy. Here summer is really summer, so if you aren’t a fan of hot, hot weather you may prefer a September vacation. Why not start the month in the well-preserved medieval village of Pacentro, Abruzzi, population about 1300 some 100 miles (170 kilometers) east of Rome? It has recently been named as one of the “Borghi più belli d”Italia (most beautiful villages in Italy). On the 4th of the month, they celebrate Madonna di Loreto's Day with religious ceremonies and the traditional barefoot corsa degli zingari race. This lovely celebration dates back to the Sixteenth Century. On the eighth of the month, the commune of Lanciano, Abruzzi, population over 30,000, situated not far from the Adriatic Sea, hosts "Il dono", which is a procession of people in traditional rustic costumes bringing offerings to the Madonna del Ponte. The locals often carry copper basins on their heads. If you are in the area on the 14th to 16th of the month, enjoy the feast to the Madonna and the horse races.
If you are an early riser and want to participate in a traditional ceremony, go to Castiglione Messer Marino, Abruzzi, population about 2600, when at dawn on September 11, the devout gather along the ancient shepherds' seasonal migration route to accompany the statue of the Virgin Mary in procession from the church of Castiglione Messer Marino to the Lupara. The following day a parade of women carrying on their heads traditional Abruzzese "concas" (copper containers) full of wheat and other gifts to the Madonna del Monte. On the second Sunday of September the village of Macchia d'Isernia whose population is under 1000 holds an exposition of local wines. That samd day the town of Ripa Teatina, Abruzzi, population approximately 4 thousand, celebrates the Festivals of the patron saints and whole hog roast festival. In 1912, a local resident Pierino Marchegiano, emigrated to the United States. His son, Rocky Marciano, was the undefeated heavyweight boxing champion of the world.
On September 22 to 24 the small town of Monteroduni, Molise, population about 2400, hosts a Grape Festival. Can we guess that some of the grapes will be fermented? On September 26 and 27 three Abruzzi villages, Altino, Lentella, and Roccascalegna get together and celebrate I Santi Medici, the Festival of the Holy Physicians. These three villages have ceremonies involving gifts of cereal and food, and offered for prayers answered. The town of Vasto, Abruzzi, population about 40 thousand, sits on the Adriatic coast. It’s the home of Harvard’s summer Italian language program. Everybody gets together to celebrate Saint Michele's Day with fireworks from the 28th to the 30th, except for those poor students who have returned to Harvard. 841 On the last Sunday in September, the village of Poggia Sannita, Molise, population about 800, hosts its Madonna delle Grazie, Mass, procession, fireworks and street festival.
Abruzzi is a major wine making region of Italy, although few would classify it among the best. Local wine and grape festivals are held in numerous locations including Giuliano Teatino in the province of Chieti, L'Aquila in the province of the same name, and Sulmona also in the L'Aquila province.
And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Abruzzi and Molise or other Italian wines.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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September events, spectacles, and tourist attractions in Abruzzi and Molise