Benvenuto! Welcome to the Calendario Italiano that will help you discover cities and their patron saints celebrations in Italy, discover the best places in Italy, in addition to the best known ones!
This website wants to help you to find new beautiful places to visit in Italy, less known places which may have something interesting for you, whatever you like.
So you are looking for information about Italy? Whether you are completely new to Italy or you have visited it many times, by searching this calendar here you can discover new treasures, hidden little gems. Everybody knows that Italy is very rich in treasures of art, nature, culture, music, food and wine. The most famous Italian cities are the destination of millions of tourists coming from all over the world, who appreciate all this and also, maybe especially, the character of people, their warmth and hospitality.
In Italy there is a strong tradition of celebrations of a city's, town's or village's patron saint. Nearly all places have their own, every year the patron saint celebration is a big occasion, in most cases that day is a local holiday day, with religious rites and a procession, a fair, music, and often fireworks. Sometimes the celebrations last more than one day, they go on for a whole week or even more! In this website you can start searching for one of these celebrations and discover an unexpected lovely place where you could go and spend your holiday while experiencing one of these special occasions, each one with its unique religious and cultural character.
Have you ever found yourself thinking "I'd like to go and visit a new place, maybe when there is a special event”, without knowing how to find the information?
Here's why the calendar is useful, because everybody knows saints and calendars!
All websites that enable search within their content, require the visitors to type the name of the thing (or place) they are looking for, but it's impossible to look for something you don't know about. For example, if you don't know that a place called "Xy on the wine route" exists (it's a real name, there are six of them!), you'll never think of doing search for it, let alone go and visit it. On the contrary, through a date or saint's name search, you may get to know this place, find it attractive and decide to visit it.
Our aim is to create a perpetual Calendar of Patron Saints and places in Italy, to stay on the Internet forever.
Each day of the calendar has a saint, or more, and a link to a page with the description of the comune (municipality) of which that saint is the patron, together with a short biography of the saint and his/her relation with the place. You, visitor of the calendar, can search the calendar by date or by name (and in other ways too), for example, search your own name or a particular date, and discover treasures that you’d never find otherwise.
We want to make it clear that, although this is not a religious website,
this calendar does’t mean to be irreverent, to lack respect for
religion, saints and what they represent to millions of people. On the
contrary, we think that saints were men and women who did something very important
for their community, and not only for their time, and who received
recognition for their work. In fact, in this calendar you can find short
biographies of saints and their relation with the place.
We couldn’t stress enough that the keyword to describe Italy is variety: there is a variety of everything, we wouldn’t dare to say that you can find anything, but ... almost. It’s a variety of uses, landscapes, foods, climate, dialects and languages.
By the way, in case you wonder, yes, we are Italian and love this variety, we ourselves have been astonished so many times when travelling and seeing so many different things. So we’d like to help you to discover and enjoy them.
We really hope you find this website and the calendar useful to learn more about Italy, its patron saints, its traditions and places and that can help you organise your holiday or business stay in Italy.
Thank you for your visit and have a good journey exploring new places in Italy!
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