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Festival of Science

Each year the Festival offers events inspired by the most current and pressing issues of scientific debate, premieres of shows and exhibitions dedicated to the encounter between art and science, paying particular attention to  the latest research findings and to researchers from developing countries. Meetings, workshops, performances and conferences to talk about science in an innovative and engaging way, with interactive events and cross sections.

The festival of science (Festival della Scienza) was created in 2003 and has since become a reference point for the spread of science and a meeting point for researchers, enthusiasts, schools and families. Today is one of the biggest events for the scientific culture at  international level.

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This science festival is held in Genova, Liguria, Italy and is suitable for everyone. This year it is held from October 25 to November 4. For more information, please visit http://www.festivalscienza.it/site/Home.html.

The events of the Festival of Science are organized in six thematic horizons. The entire program is available for event type and chronological order. Given the large number of events, it is recommended  to consult the program, available on the website, before planning the  visit.

Tourist Information Center:
I.A.T. Genova – Largo Pertini 13 – 1612 Genova
Phone:+39  0108606122

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Eurochocolate is an annual event dedicated to the culture of chocolate. The event is entirely dedicated to Italian and international chocolate-making tradition, attracting many tourists and chocolate manufacturers, artisan and industries selling their products in the city streets equipped with exhibition spaces. During the festival are set up several events, shows and cultural meetings with wine tasting courses, performances, happenings in the streets, squares and places of art and tradition of the historic city of Perugia.

Eurochocolate was created in 1993 and has since become an event of extraordinary interest, fame and international attraction with over one million visitors a year. The event has spawned a veritable “culture of chocolate.”

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This food festival is taking place every year in Perugia, Umbria, Italy and is suitable for people of all ages. This year, it is happening from October 19 to 28. For more information, please visit http://www.eurochocolate.com/it/.

The entrance to Eurochocolate is free.  The festival offers in total 190 tons of free chocolate tasting to the public.

Tourist Information Center:
A.P.T. Perugia – Via Mazzini 6 06100 Perugia
Tel.: + 39  0755728937

The International Rome Film Festival (Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma)- held at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome and in other areas such as Via Veneto, the famous street of the “Dolce Vita” – has hosted major international premieres, actors and directors like Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Meryl Streep, public meetings, documentaries, retrospectives, exhibitions, concerts and live performances. Through the International Film Market, the Festival is also open to professionals, facilitating the circulation and sale of audiovisual products and supporting the production of independent films.

This film event was heavily promoted and sponsored by former Rome mayor Walter Veltroni, a great lover of cinema, and is organized by the Fondazione Cinema per Roma. The first edition was held in 2006. In 2009, the Festival has recorded 600 000 visitors for a total of around 100 000 tickets issued.

The film festival is held every year in Rome, Lazio, Italy and is suitable for people 18 and older. This year, it is happening from October 26 to November 5. For more information, please visit www.romacinemafest.org.

Tickets for the festival can be bought on line at  www.listicket.it or  www.romacinemafest.org

Tourist Information Center:
Ufficio Turismo Roma Via Leopardi
24 00185 Roma
email: turismo@comune.roma.it

Siena Tournament

The Palio di Siena (known locally simply as Il Palio) is a horse race held twice each year on July 2 and August 16 in Siena,  in which ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen Contrade, or city wards. The Palio held on July 2 is named Palio di Provenzano, in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, who has a church in Siena. The Palio held on August 16 is named Palio dell’Assunta, in honour of the Assumption of Mary.

The earliest known antecedents of the race are medieval. The town’s central piazza was the site of public games, largely combative: pugna, a sort of many-sided boxing match or brawl; jousting; and in the 16th century, bullfights. Public races organized by the Contrade were popular from the 14th century on; called palii alla lunga, they were run across the whole city. When the Grand Duke of Tuscany outlawed bullfighting in 1590, the Contrade took to organizing races in the Piazza del Campo. The first modern Palio (called palio alla tonda to distinguish it from the earlier palii alla lunga) took place in 1656.

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This historical event happens every year on July 2 and August 16 in Siena, Tuscany, Italy and is suitable for people of all ages. For more information, please visit http://palio.comune.siena.it/main.asp?id=0 .

The race itself, in which the jockeys ride bareback, circles the Piazza del Campo, on which a thick layer of dirt has been laid, three times and usually lasts no more than 90 seconds. It is not uncommon for a few of the jockeys to be thrown off their horses while making the treacherous turns in the piazza, and indeed it is not unusual to see unmounted horses finishing the race without their jockeys. The race is preceded by a rich historic pageant.

Tourist Information Center:
A.P.T. Siena – Piazza del Campo 56, Siena
Phone:+39 0577 280551

Italian Grand Prix

The Italian Grand Prix is one of the most popular races in the world of F1 calendar and is held at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. The race takes place the second Sunday in September.

The first Grand Prix of Italy was disputed on September 4, 1921 in Montichiari in the province of Brescia, on a circuit made from public roads. The following year was built the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza and since then the race takes place on the track of Monza, with the exception of four editions (1937, 1947, 1948 and 1980).

This sport event is taking place from September 7 to 9 this year in Monza, Lombardia, Italy and is suitable for those who are 13 and older. For more information, please visit http://www.gpitalia.it/index.asp.

Tickets are sold on line at http://www.gpitalia.it/index.asp. A good reference site for the event is http://www.monzanet.it/en.

Tourist Information Center:
IAT Monza – Piazza Carducci 2, Monza
Phone: +39 039 323222

The Mercogliano Music Festival is held along the main street of Mercogliano that comes alive with  shows and performances for all lovers of good music. On the two stages set up along the avenue perform internationally renowned artists and the music is accompanied by the excellent food and wine products of the area.

The Festival was born through a passion for music by Promoter Association and a structured project aimed to bring music  as an instrument of cultural growth of the social and economic aspect of the area.

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This musical festival is taking place from July 12 to 15 this year and is suitable for all those who are 13 and older.

The Festival also includes a competition between young and emerging italian bands. For more information, please visit http://www.mercoglianomusicfestival.it/.

Tourist Information Center:
APT Mercogliano – Via Roma 5 – Mercogliano
Phone: +39 0825787220

The centuries-old feast of the Madonna della Bruna , Patron of the city of Matera, begins with the procession “of the shepherds”, which wakes the ancient quarters at the first light of dawn, to greet the Image of the Virgin. Her passage is announced with fireworks, while the Knights who escort the float gather along the streets and in the “neighbourhoods”.According to tradition, on the morning of July 2nd the statue of the Holy Mother is taken into the church of Piccianello and then is carried in procession on the float all afternoon, along the main streets of Matera, which are flooded with people. In the evening the procession reaches the Cathedral Square, where “three turns” are performed, to symbolise the taking of the city by the Holy Patron. The statue, accompanied by the Archbishop’s court,is placed in the Cathedral.The Knights, whose horses are draped with paper and velvet flowers, surround the float.The charioteer urges the mules towards the close-by piazza, to return the symbol of the Feast to the throngs gathered there. Following the same ancient ritual, the masses of people, in their excitement, confuse the sacred with the profane, and, to the general astonishment, assault and destroy the chariot, fruit of months of handwork. (It will be designed and rebuilt the next year) The festivity ends in the late evening with the din of the fireworks contest , which creates a unique scenario above the ancient quarters of the Sassi, a Unesco World Heritage site.

The “Madonna della Bruna” is the protectress of the city of Matera. The festival dedicated to her is celebrated on 2 July since more than 600 years, when Pope Urban VI, former Archbishop of Matera, in 1389 instituted the feast of the Visitation, from that date on the festivities in honor of the Lady, already  existing in the city of Matera since few centuries ago, were made to coincide with the feast of the Visitation, on 2 July.

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This religious and historical festival is taking place in Matera, Basilicata, Italy every July 2 and is suitable for people of all ages. For more information, please visit http://www.festadellabruna.it/.

The people of Matera are convinced that the Bruna’s name came from the dark color of the image of the Madonna in the Duomo. Restoration, however, refuted such a thesis, as the image is quite light. It was darkened by the smoke of the candles, which the believers lit in the church throughout the centuries. Pope Urban VI probably established the name in 1389, when he proposed the celebration of this Feast. Gattini ascribes the meaning of this name to the term “bruna”, which means “armour “. Others believe “Bruna” to be the dialect corruption of “Hebron”, the city in Judea where the Virgin visited Saint Elisabeth. Hence the other, less common name, “Visitation “.

Tourist Information Center:
APT Matera – Via De Viti De Marco 9 – Matera
Phone: +39 0835 331983