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 island of Sardinia lies southwest of Rome in the Mediterranean Sea. This is southern Italy and September days are often hot, but the nights may be cool. Sardinia is among the most traditional regions of Western Europe and its festivals tend to be authentic. Start the month in the village of Ollolai, population about 1500, at the Feast of Saint Basilio, honoring their patron saint. Two days later the small town of Sardara, population around 4300, honors its patron saint San Gregorio Magno. Most activities take place in or near the early Fourteenth Century church carrying his name. That same day the city of Oristano, population 32 thousand, launches its four-day long Feast of Saint Efisio, complete with costumed parades, traditional music, plays, athletic competitions and fireworks. On the first Sunday the west coast city of Cabras, home to about 9 thousand, hosts the Celebration of Saint Salvatore. Some 500 young people, dressed in identical white tunics and flowing costumes, transport a crucifix and her statue in a cross town parade commemorating its safety throughout a war with the Saracens in 1500.
September 8 is a very active day in Sardinia. The southern coastal city of Monserrato, population 20 thousand, launches a three-day Sweets and Wine Fair in honor of Our Lady of Monserrato. The city of Macomer, home to 11 thousand, hosts its Feast of Our Lady of Assistance. The towns of Orani and Sarule, populations respectively about 3 thousand and 1800, alternate a feast in honor of Our Lady of Gonare. The village of Nule, population about 1500 holds its celebrations in the church of Saint Maria Bambina.
Starting on the 10th the regional capital of Cagliari, on the southern coast whose population exceeds 150 thousand hosts its Festa Manna, first celebrated in 1730 to honor a vision of the Virgin Mary. The activities include parties accompanied by traditional music and dancing in the streets. On the morning of the 12th a pilgrimage visits the site of the vision. Later there are horse races and equestrian demonstrations with costumed riders. On September 11 the villages of Serri and Ussassai, each home to about 700, hold religious festivals. The Ussassai version includes a traditional race. There are several more such festivals during this period. One of the most interesting ones takes place on the second Sunday in the southern coastal city of Selargius. This is called An Old Marriage in Selargius, an ancient religious ceremony in Sardinian costumes. The bridegroom wraps the brideís little finger with a chain to bear witness to the wedlockís permanency.
On September 27 Triei, a village of about 1000 on the eastern coast, celebrates the Feast of Saint Cosma and Saint Damiano with traditional Sardinian dances, folk groups, dialect plays, and a singing competition for children. On the following day the small town of Bitti, population 3 thousand, hosts the Feast of Our Lady of the Miracle including folk and religious displays and a well known horse race. The last Sunday of the month means several Sardinian happenings. Orroli, home to about 2600, hosts the Saint Vincenzo Ferrer Fair with traditional dances, folklore, and poetry competitions. Alghero, a city of about 45 thousand on the islandís west coast holds its "Festa Sant Miquel" centered on great fireworks. The city of Orzieri, population 11 thousand, hosts the Our Lady of Remedy Festival with costumed shows, a Sardinian poetry competition, and suspirus, a delicious local sweet. The southern coastal city of Decimomannu, home to 7 thousand, hosts more than 100,000 visitors to its five-day religious festival in honor of Saint Greca.
And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Sardinia 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 Sardinia