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The Eurochocolate Festival of Perugia

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

Festival of the two Worlds

Festival dei due Mondi, also known as the Spoleto Festival, is an international event in music, art, culture and entertainment that takes place annually in the city of Spoleto in Umbria, Italy. The Spoleto Festival has always sought to introduce avantgard entertainment  but also to respect the classical tradition. Many architectural features of the city of Spoleto contribute to create a unique dualism between ancient art and contemporary art.

Founder of the Festival of Two Worlds is the master composer Gian Carlo Menotti ( died in 2007), who established the event in 1958. The intention of its founder, from the beginning, was to create a meeting ground between two cultures and two worlds of art, American and European (hence the name of the festival called, precisely , “two worlds”) and to celebrate the arts in all its forms The Festival of Two Worlds is one of the most important and innovative cultural events worldwide.

This cultural festival happens every year and is suitable for people 18 and older. The dates for 2012 are from June 29 to July 15.

 

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For more information, please visit http://www.festivaldispoleto.com/

Tickets for the events can be bought on line at http://www.boxol.it or at the festival box office located in Spoleto in Piazza della Libertà n. 10.

Tourist Information Center:
A.P.T. Spoleto – Piazza della Libertà 7 , Spoleto
Phone: +39 0743 218620

Festival of the Ceri

Festa dei Ceri is a solemn act of devotion on the part of the Eugubini towards their Bishop Ubaldo Baldassini which started in 1160, the year of his death. Since then, every 15th May, the eve of the day of mourning, the devotional offering to the patron Saint is a fixed appointment for the people of Gubbio who are said to have taken part in a great mystical procession, carrying candles all around the town and up Mount Ingino (where since 11th September 1194 the body of Saint Ubaldo lies, in the church which bears his name). Certainly, the Eugubini dearly loved their important townsman, especially from 1154 onwards, when Gubbio conquered no less than 11 allied cities. The victory seemed miraculous, and was also thanks to the intervention of Bishop Baldassini. The wax candles, offered by the Arts and Crafts corporations, probably became difficult to transport with the passing of time, and towards the end of the 16th century were substituted by three wooden structures, which were agile and modern. They have been replaced a number of times. They have kept their original form up until today and on the same date; they follow the same route to the same place.

This religious and historical festival is held in Umbria, Gubbio, Italy, on May 15 of each year. The Ceri are three wooden structures weighing about 300 kg each, crowned by statues of St. Ubaldo, St. George and St. Anthony and vertically grafted on many stretchers in the shape of “H”, which enable the strucutres to be carried on the shoulders by ceraioli. The most important part of the celebration is the race in which the Ceri are carried on the shoulders of Ceraioli along the city streets up to the Basilica.

 

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Please visit http://www.ceri.it/ for more information.

This festival is suitable for people of all ages. Whoever wants to get fully involved in the festival of the Ceri needs to wear comfortable casual clothes, a pair of flat shoes, possibly trainers, leaving everything that is superfluous. The festival on 15 may, takes over the entire town which is decorated for the occasion with banners and flags bearing the colours and emblems of the three Ceri, and the emblems of the town itself. The race is so involving that one is obliged to follow the river of ceraioli and the people who follow the Ceri. It is important to be careful. During the race, the Ceri move at the highest possible speed around the town, accompanied by a large enthusiastic crowds.

Tourist Information Center:
IAT Gubbio – Via Ansidei, 32 Gubbio
Phone: +390759220790
email: info@iat.gubbio.pg.it