Festivals are part and parcel of the Marche fabric. Every town worth its salt throws a party of some description each year, from wine, beer, pizza or traditional food festas and sagras, to pagan festivals and carnivals. The majority take place during the summer.
Many religious feast days are also celebrated throughout the year and most towns have a patron saint whom they honour annually in suitable fashion. Normally local towns co-ordinate these public events, so you can go to all of them!
All festivals are family friendly affairs, where even the smallest of children can be seen running around into the small hours.
Below are just a handful of some of the better known annual events.
|Palio della Rana
(wheelbarrow race with frogs!)
||1st Sunday after Easter|
|Corsa alla Spada (sword chasing)
|Il Violina e le Selce
(modern music, dance and opera)
||July - August|
|Palio dei Conti Oliva (medieval pageant)
|La Quintana (medieval pageant/jousting)
||1st Sunday in August|
(medieval pageant with a golden goose)
|Torneo Cavallereresco di Castel Clementino (medieval pageant/jousting)
||Apecchio/Sant' Angelo in Vado/Acqualunga and sant' Agata Feltria/Amandola
||October - November|