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 Marches is a thin region on the Adriatic Coast of central Italy. To its west is the landlocked region of Umbria. Here summer is really summer, so if you arenít a fan of hot, hot weather you may prefer a September vacation. Unless otherwise indicated, event locations are in The Marches. Start the month in the city of San Severino, population approximately 13 thousand at its modestly named Feast of Festivals. There you will taste The Marches and the neighboring Romagna's gastronomic specialties in the Piazza del Popolo right on September first. That weekend head on over to Loreto, also a city of some 13 thousand and the seat of the Basilica della Santa Casa, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site, for its Tipico Festival. Other regional activities on Septemberís first Sunday include a Bean Festival in the village of Frontino, home to 300, and the Crucifixion Festival at the Sanctuary of Madonna dell'Ambro in Montefortino, a village of about 1300.
On the second weekend of the month the city of Pesaro whose population exceeds 90 thousand hosts the Fair of Saint Nicola with more than 500 stalls that focus mainly on local foods and handicrafts. You should taste the local wines. There are lots of activities for the kids as well such as non-stop theater for youngsters, toys, face painting, a special playground, and live music. That Sunday (and every second Sunday) the hilltop city of Todi, Umbria hosts an antique and flea market in the Piazza del Popolo.
In case you missed the Tipico Festival in Loreto at the beginning of the month enjoy it in Jesi, a city of some 40 thousand, on the third weekend of September. Another choice is the Antique Market in the Chiostro di San Francesco and adjacent streets of the provincial capital Ascoli Piceno, whose population is about 40 thousand. More than one hundred exhibitors compete for your interest.
Finish the month in Umbria. On the fourth weekend the ancient town of Gualdo Tadino, population about 15 thousand, holds a historical pageant featuring a donkey chariot race over cobblestone streets. There are also competitions of archers and marksmen wielding slingshots. The city of Foligno, population about 55 thousand hosts its Humorfest on the final Saturday in which some 400 cartoonists and humoristic artists from all over the world present their wares. The next day the town of Sangemini, population 4500, hosts a "Giostra dell'ArmeĒ (Jousting tournament) accompanied by music, food and wine.
And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine The Marches and Umbrian 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 The Marches and Umbria