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 Veneto region of northeast Italy lies on the Gulf of Venice. Here summer is really summer so you may prefer September weather. You might want to spend the first Sunday of the month in the village of Rotzo, population 600, at its Festa della Patata (Potato Festival). Villagers claim their potatoes are the best in the world. The town is full of every kind of potato dish that you can imagine. There’s also music and dancing. Or you could go to Venezia, population only 60 thousand within the city itself, for the Historical Regatta on the Grand Canal. This is one special celebration, the Grand Canal is brimming with boats of all kinds, including gondolas and traditional costumes abound. Who can think about potatoes at a time like this?
During the first two weeks of September Venice hosts one great International Film Festival. Expect to see some stars if you are in to that sort of thing. For a very different experience on the first weekend in September visit the small town of Cervarese Santa Croce, population 5 thousand, for its Festa del Bň. The centerpiece is the lottery whose grand prize is a huge Ox. That Sunday the walled city of Montagnana, population under 10 thousand, hosts an inter-neighborhood horserace and battles in medieval costumes. It all starts with a poetry reading. The city of Castelfranco Veneto, population some 33 thousand, holds a similar Palio on the second weekend of the month. On September 12th Verona, home to over a quarter million people, celebrates Juliet's Birthday with parades of the Courts of Montecchi and Capuleti, the bad guys in the world’s most famous love story. This is one fine, old style festival.
On the third Sunday of the month you may want to visit the lagoon island of Burano, population 4000, near Venice for its Fish Festival and Rowing Regatta. That day the city of Asolo, population about 9 thousand, presents its Palio of the Regina (Queen). On September 21 the village of San Mauro di Saline, population under 600 celebrates the religious Feast of San Matteo at the beautiful Sanctuary of San Leonardo. On the last Sunday of the month the city of Piazzola sul Brenta, population about 11 thousand, holds an antique show with some 500 exhibitors.
And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Veneto 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 Veneto