10 events not to miss in Liguria, Italy

The color of Liguria – traditions, festivals and the mentality of the locals

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The natives are very cheerful and optimistic, very hospitable and always happy to share a piece of their unique national warmth with foreign visitors. Throughout the year the locals hold a lot of interesting festivals, in which guests from other countries also take an active part.

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The parade of flowers in Sanremo is one of the highlights of the cultural calendar. It is a truly unique spectacle, with enormous floats of cars moving around the city in amazingly beautiful compositions of fresh flowers. During the days of the holiday in the city there is an excellent flower market, and very interesting themed events are held.

Music lovers will be interested in visiting the International Song Festival, which is also held in San Remo. The festival is held since 1951, it is attended by performers of all kinds of genres. Speaking of outstanding musical events, be sure to mention the Premio Paganini, which brings together the best violinists in the world. The contest is held in Genoa, in spite of the fact that it has quite an official character, the event always attracts a lot of tourists. Copyright www.orangesmile.com

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Another important holiday for the natives, New World Discovery Day, falls on the same time as the violin competition. The festival is dedicated to one of the most famous Genoese, Christopher Columbus, and has a rich and interesting program. In the city with the beautiful name of Imperia, every two years the Vele d’Epoca festival is held, dedicated to a quite rare and unusual subject: shipbuilding. It is a large-scale gathering of sailing ships, which is accompanied by exciting and informative activities.

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Not the least place in the cultural calendar of the region is occupied by gastronomic festivals dedicated to various national treats and drinks. Tourists visiting Liguria during one of these festivals will have the opportunity to taste delicious wines and treats, which the locals prepare according to old recipes. One of the most interesting gastronomic feasts takes place in the village of Riva Trigoso, dedicated to the popular national dish Sagra del Bagnum.

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As a rule, all the gastronomic festivals (just called sagre) take place at the beginning of autumn, after the harvest. For example, the Sagra del Cinghiale festival in San Damiano, which “opens” the season (held in early September). At this festival you can taste not only game dishes, but also other traditional Ligurian dishes. The surrounding scenic landscapes only add to the interesting festival. A little later, the large-scale Sagra della Salsa di Noci festival starts in Genoa, offering a wide program for its visitors. It is not only tastings of dishes with nut sauce, but also animation shows, dance and music performances and stand-up shows. A lot of events at the festival are devoted to children.

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One of the most important gastronomic festivals is the Festa Nazionale del Tartufo, which takes place in Millesimo at the end of September. Knowing Italian, you can understand that the festival is dedicated to truffles. The rich gastronomic program is complemented by fairs, shows, themed tours, musical concerts and fireworks. At the beginning of the month Dolceacqua is worth a visit for the Festa dei Frescioi, dedicated to traditional Ligurian cuisine. The incomparable fritters of apples, zucchinis and cod are a must-taste. Also worth highlighting is the festival Olio di Oliva, which takes place in late October, moving to early November in Imperia Onella and celebrating the traditional Italian product – olive oil.

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You can taste snails and dishes based on them in Molini di Triora during the festival Sagra della Lumaca (beginning of September) and mushrooms and potatoes at the festival Sagra del Fungo e della Patata Quarantina, held at the same time in Santo Stefano d’Aveto. The festival is very popular due to the variety of foods and products on offer and the rich program with music, dancing and interactive games. The Dolcissima Pietra, which takes place in the beautifully named Pietra Ligure in the middle of the month, is a real treat for sweet eaters. Here you can taste not only a variety of desserts – but also dessert wines. Among the gastronomic festivals is Sagra della Polenta e del Fungo Porcino, held in Bolzaneto at the end of the month. It offers polenta and mushrooms, as well as dishes made from them.

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The Bavarian Oktoberfest is one of the most visited in Liguria. It takes place at the same time as the original – at the end of September, but the duration is inferior to the German one. By the way, this is the only Oktoberfest recognized by the German authorities outside of Germany – and not least of all because of its cheerful and hospitable atmosphere. Traditionally, the festival begins with a rite of o’zapft, signifying the opening of the first keg of beer. In addition to the beer “feast of the belly”, guests can enjoy musical concerts, parades and theatrical shows for the whole family. The beginning of September is also interesting for Sanremo, where the Grande Festa della Città is held. It is famous for its rich program with parades and street parties, fairs and music concerts, as well as themed cruises.

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When talking about Sanremo, it is impossible not to mention the most famous festival that takes place here. We’re talking, of course, about the Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo where you can hear great Italian music performed by the big names in the country. It takes place in the middle of February, gathering all the music lovers not only from Italy, but also from abroad. By the way, here is chosen the participant who will later represent the whole country at Eurovision contest. Those who prefer chamber music will be glad to visit the city of Finale Ligure during the Musica da Camera Finalborgo. It takes place in August, and the event itself traditionally brings together the best musicians from around the world.

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Other interesting music festivals include the Goa-Boa Festival, which offers both popular and underground music. It takes place in early July in Genoa and invites Italian and international artists to participate. Sanremo hosts another music festival, the Rassegna Canzone d’Autore – Premio Tenco, which has a competitive nature. Book-lovers should visit the Parco Letterario festival, held in the extremely picturesque Cinque Terre region. Themed tours and literary readings have long been a trademark of the event, making it one of Liguria’s most notable celebrations. And during the Corpus Christi celebrations it is worth visiting the town of Brunnato with its Brugnato in Fiore festival, when its picturesque streets are beautifully decorated with a huge flower carpet embodying religious themes.

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At the beginning of August starts another interesting festival – namely, Agosto Medievale, which the city of Ventimiglia chose as the venue. Spectators are treated to a stunningly beautiful spectacle in the form of a costumed historical parade through the winding streets of the city. Here you can really lose the sense of time – and think that it is the Middle Ages. The Palio Storico Festival is also interesting and immerses visitors in the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. It takes place for four days in mid-July in Albenga, including tournaments, theatrical performances, games and tasting dishes of the period, thus creating the unique charm of the festival. Another impressive historical reconstruction (Balestra del Jirifalco) takes place in Massa Marittima in mid-August. The festival is dedicated to the shooting of the ancient Italian crossbow.

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