October in Italy ~ Gina

Our guys are coming to L.A., New York and D.C.  YAY!

We hope they get a chance to relax during their brief time off.  Maybe they will attend some of these fun Italian events Gina found.

October Festivals and Food Fairs in Italy

Italian Festivals, Food Fairs, and Special Events in October

for fun and ed 1Matera During the October Balloon Festival.  © by Matera Balloon Festival

October is a great month for Italian food festivals, especially mushrooms, chestnuts, chocolate, and truffles. On October weekends, you’ll find fall food festivals and wine harvest celebrations all over Italy. Slow Food’s big International Food Event is in October and World Pasta Day is the fourth Sunday in October.

Although Halloween is not such a big celebration in Italy, it’s becoming more for fun and ed 2popular and you may find Halloween or All Saints Eve events, especially in the larger cities. Halloween in Italy

Here are some of Italy’s top October festivals and Truffle Fairs.

Alba White Truffle Festival takes place on weekends throughout October in the Piedmont town of Alba (Piedmont map). This is one of the biggest truffle festivals in Italy.

One of the events is a donkey race. Read about Alba’s Truffle Festival on about’s Italian Cuisine site.

for fun and ed 3Fall Truffle Fairs in Italy – Some of the biggest truffle festivals in Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria, Le Marche, and Emilia Romagna regions during October and November.

Boccaccesca – A gastronomic fair the first two weekends of October is held in Certaldo Alto, Tuscany. (See pictures of the red brick hill town of Certaldo Alto)

Look for other truffle and chestnut festivals in small towns in October and November, especially in northern and central Italy.

A week-long Potato Festival is held the first week of Bologna, a top culinary city.for fun and ed 4 Bologna’s potatoes are considered to be amongst the best in Italy. Potato Festival | Bologna Travel Guide

Maschera di Ferro, a festival that celebrates the legend of the man in the iron mask, takes place in the Piedmont region the first weekend of October. Take a look at the Maschera di Ferro, Iron for fun and ed 5Mask festival in Pinerolo, and get the details.

Barcolana Regatta in Trieste is the largest gathering of boats in the Mediterranean Sea.

All manner of boats will be racing and there are illuminated night races. There’s music, food, and wine, too. Usually the second weekend in October.

Palio dei Rioni, iron horse race, takes place in Lodi, south of Milan, the first for fun and ed 7Sunday in October. Lodi’s 5 neighborhoods and 3 nearby villages compete in this race pulling iron horses on wheels to win the trophy El Baston de S. Bassan. (palio definition)

Matera Balloon Festival takes place for 4 days in October in the Southern Italy town ofMatera. In addition to international balloon teams, the festival includes a food, music, performing and visual arts events in Matera and the surrounding towns.

for fun and ed8Rome Film Festival, in late October, includes international movie premiers, a competition, and lots of events.

International Accordion Festival is a huge gathering of accordion players and includes concerts and workshops. It’s held in mid October in Castelfidardo, known as the city of accordions, in the for fun and ed 6JPGAncona province of the Marche. Accordion Festival Information

Eurochocolate is a chocolate lovers paradise. This big chocolate festival takes place inPerugia, famous for its Perugina Baci chocolates, in mid October.

Sagra del Tordo, Feast of the Thrush, is a medieval reenactment of an archery tournament.The Festival takes place in Montalcino in Tuscany the last weekend of October and is a competition between the four neighborhoods of Montalcino.

Torrone Festival – Cremona claims to be the birthplace of torrone, Italian nougat. A document from October 25, 1441, indicates that torrone was made for a wedding banquet in Cremona. During the festival, the fourth weekend in October, the historic wedding is re-enacted and there’s plenty of torrone.

for fun and ed 6All Saints Eve or Halloween is becoming a popular time for costume parties. Urban Trekking offers special All Saints Eve treks in several cities, too. And of course Italy has displays of mummies and bones that make chilling Halloween destinations. Halloween in Italy


24 thoughts on “October in Italy ~ Gina”

  1. Marie thanks for arranging my ‘jumbled’ articles I find and e-mail to you.
    I have stood and stared at a basket of TRUFFLES’ on more then one occasion but just could not make myself buy them and taste them.

    1. Thank you, Gina for “sleuthing out” such interesting articles. I knew you’d like the pictures.

      Haven’t tasted truffles either. Have you priced them? and truffle oil costs the same as a used car. However, I have had plenty “Patata’s”!

  2. Truffle
    A truffle is the fruiting body of a subterranean Ascomycete fungus, predominantly one of the many species of the genus Tuber. Some of the truffle species are highly prized as food. French gourmand Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin called truffles “the diamond of the kitchen”. Edible truffles are held in high esteem in French, Georgian, Greek, Italian, Middle Eastern and Spanish cooking, as well as in international haute cuisine. Truffles are ectomycorrhizal fungi and are therefore usually found in close association with the roots of trees. Spore dispersal is accomplished through fungivores, animals that eat fungi.
    en.wikipedia.org ·

  3. Me to Gina

    Any one know how to order from Italy. Amazon doesn’t sell the CD’s of Il Volo in Spanish or an older one I want. How much is a Euro in States money which will probably be different in Canadian I know.

  4. Loretta
    Right now a euro is equal to 1.13 Us. If you go on the internet and put in euros to US, you can get the current rate. There are several sites there that will show conversion rate .

  5. Thank you Linda I appreciate your response. I will do that I NEED all the Il volo CD’s & DVD’s I can get. I was waiting since August 11th for Pompeii & the States have their Pompeii & Amazon.ca still doesn’ have the new Il volo CD’s & DVD’S yet & I happened to call MVH record store & I got the last of the Pompeii they had & also the Internation Il Volo CD which was lucky & Canada doesn’t import the CD’s & DVD’s in Spanish for Il volo. I might try & see if the States has the Spanish versions before I try Italy. I also want Lamore si Mouve I love that song so much in fact I want them all. Thanks again

    1. Loretta, hold up here before you go any further. I will call my music store tomorrow and ask about Spanish Grande Amore. I’m almost positive he can get it in a week if it is in stock at his supplier. I can order it and send it to you. Ask Marie for my email. I’ll get your phone number and call you and set it up. Also, Shop PBS, when I ordered the Pompeii DVD and Grande Amore CD sent the Spanish version by mistake. They may have it. The phone number is 800-531-4727. I would think they would ship to Canada. Also, which older CD did you want? Where are you in Canada?
      P.S. Marie, Piglet, Darling, Loretta can have my email. Gracie Mille!

      1. I sent you email address to Loretta this morning.

        I also sent it to “Lonely Prisoner Love Match, Inc.” No need to thank me.


    1. Well! Don’t you think you’re just too special !!! It’ s not nice to gloat ! I hope one of the Guys steps on your toe by mistake when you’re trying to hug him! SO THERE!!!

      1. I wouldn’t even care if one of them did step on my toes, because that means he’d have to be standing that close to me! 🙂

  7. Save our Boys !! We are 12000 votes behind nearest rival for International artist or group (they won last year) at the Latin Music Awards Please go to latinmusicofficial.wordpress.com/lmia to vote. They are already in L.A. and we need to help. Thanks everone !!

  8. Marie! Thanks ever so much! I eagerly await a contact from that bunch! However, I’m working a guy I met through the Looking For Bigfoot group I belong to! Last search expedition was a WOW! In more ways than one!
    Gina, forgot to say thanks for this great post! Truffles don’ t send me ! It may be an acquired taste. Had the essence of dead leaves and a musty old closet. But don’t anybody hesitate to try them. They may be a joy for you to eat! Ciao a tutti!

  9. The way I remember what tutti means is from “tutti fruity” ice cream . It had many fruits!! That was so important, I just had to share it!! I will be meeting and greeting the guys I. MARCH! So youall be very gentle with them!!♡♡♡

  10. I’m going to take cheat notes….just in case I forget who I am and what I’m doing there!! I don’t want to appear to be a blithering idiot…which is what happens to me in situations like this!!

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