Donít 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 wonít 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 region of Campania is located in southern Italy right on the Tyrrhenian Sea. This is one very special region. Itís home to modest, even poor areas, and resort areas priced for the jet set Here summer is really summer, so if you arenít a fan of hot, hot weather you may prefer a September vacation. Head to the regional capital of Napoli (they used to say see Naples and die) where on September 7 and 8 the city hosts the Our Lady of Piedigrotta Festival to celebrate an apparition of the Virgin in the year 1353. There will be performances of new and traditional Neapolitan music until midnight, when the dancing is interrupted to allow everyone to sing. The singing goes on until dawn.
On September 11 the city of Mirabello Eclano, population about 8 thousand, celebrates the Feast of the Straw Cart that is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrow. This cart is an obelisk made of braided straw, about 75 feet in height. It is pulled by a pair of oxen across the fields and into the city center. If you love pizza donít miss the Naples Pizza Festival, where else but in the town that claims to have invented pizza? The cityís best pizza throwers light up fifty wood-burning ovens at the 'Mostra d'Oltremare'. Literally thousands of people enjoy the pizza daily from Septemberís second Saturday through the third Sunday. In addition to great pizza at a relatively moderate price, you can enjoy workshops and music. I suggest trying the buffalo mozzarella and olive oil pizza. And donít forget to vote for the best pizza.
The last two days of the Pizza Festival head to the cityís Parco Villa Communale for an antique show with one hundred exhibitors. On the 19th Naples honors its Patron Saint at the Feast of Saint Gennaro. The faithful worshippers gather in prayer at the cathedral to await the miracle of the liquefaction of the Saint's blood. The ceremony has been going on since 1456. This event also takes place on the Saturday prior to the first Sunday in May and on December 6th.
Campania makes some fine wine; I particularly recommend white wines based on the Fiano grape. Local wine and grape festivals are held in numerous locations including Mondragone in the Caserta province, the Vintage Festival in San Potito Sannitico also in the Caserta province, and the island of Ischia in the Napoli province.
And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Campania 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 Campania