Nov 1, 2020
Italy is one of the top locations to spend your vacation probably all over the world. Who wouldn’t like to explore Rome, Venice, Florence, 5 Terre, Amalfi, Milan, and other destinations in Italy?
If your vacation happens to be in November, you may want to read the rest of this article and find out what are the main holidays in the country and how to get the most out of your trip in terms of culture, sightseeing, art, and history. Before we start with our holiday guide, we are first giving you an idea of the weather in Italy. This way, you will know what to pack for your vacation and plan your outfits.
THE WEATHER IN ITALY IN NOVEMBER
Italy in November may be a tricky month when it comes to weather. But still, in the worst situation, you will get some rain during your vacation.
In either case, you still have plenty of art activities that you can do and places to explore that don’t necessarily require sunny days. Check out here what to do on rainy days in Italy.
Below you have the most well-known holidays in November in all of Italy.
Roma Europa Festival begins in late September and it goes until early December every year. The festival brings musical works of art in venues all around Rome every day in November. The performances include almost every kind of music, live music, dance performances, dramatic plays, and a variety of other interactive acts and it happens in almost every corner and square of Rome, so you can find the spot that suits your taste in music. Whether you are or you are not a fan of digital art or you’re traveling with children, these shows and performances that last for almost four-month, provide an experience of the full range of artistic expression in Italy for tourists and locals.
November is also chestnut harvest season in many Italian towns and villages. The most famous of all these villages is Piancastagnaio, in the Province of Siena, which hosts a festival dedicated to the harvest from October through early November each year.
Here you can enjoy boiled, roasted, and dried chestnuts while admiring the local art and exploring vendor stands. While there, don’t forget to get a taste of the special fall menus at regional restaurants, which highlight truffles, wild mushrooms, and chestnuts. If you happen to visit the village on Sundays, look for the special harvest dishes served throughout the month with the hospitality of the locals.
November is also truffle season in Italy, and to celebrate the fall harvest, the Alba White Truffle Festival is held from early October through late November each year. Participating in the festival is a must, especially if you are and around the Piedmont region.
The locals call it “Fiera Internazionale Tartufo Bianco D’Alba” and it is one of the biggest truffle events in the country. The Alba White Truffle Festival is where the chefs and truffle hunters gather to select from a wide range of truffles including the highly-coveted Tartufo Bianco, an aromatic and flavorful variety that’s one of the most expensive truffles worldwide.
The colorful festival of Fiera Internazionale Tartufo Bianco is also held in the medieval Tuscan town of San Miniato on the second, third, and fourth weekends in November. Craft stands, entertainment, and restaurants feature the celebrated truffles during the fair, and you can even take part in a truffle hunt where you can pick and eat your own.
Rome Jazz Festival is organized by the International Music Festival Foundation Celebrated and it held during November. This festival provides performances of some of the biggest names in the genre performing at venues across the city.
To attend the festival you will have to get a ticket and you can be purchase them online at anytime or get them at the door while available. The idea of the festival dates back in 1976 and it was held as a summer event, but since 1996, the Roma Jazz Festival has been held in November. Throughout the years, names like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, The Manhattan Transfer, B.B. King participated in the festival as well as local stars.
All Saints Day is a special national holiday in Italy celebrated on November 1st. In this day, many shops will be closed, but don’t worry, you will still find the top tourist attractions and museums open. If you are in Italy on November 1st, you will be able to enjoy the visit to the ancient and most famous churches that are not usually open to the public including Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, and St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. On the next day, the 2nd of November, Italians honor their relatives by bringing flowers to cemeteries across the country, this day is known as All Souls Day.
The Feast of Our Lady of Good Health a very important feast widely celebrated in Venice. It is held each year on November 21 at Madonna Della Salute Church. The feast commemorates Venice’s deliverance from the plague in 1621 with a temporary bridge erected across the Grand Canal marking the occasion. During of the event of La Festa della Salute, thousands of pilgrims pass through the bridge on the way to the church.
Forte di Bard in the Aosta Valley is the host of a very special event. On November 30, a festival dedicated to wine grown in Italy’s most extreme environments. Vins Extremes features guided tastings and seminars on extreme wine growing. If you are a fan of wine, this is a must-taste you taste at this event has been grown on a high slope or remote island, where there is zero risks of contamination. These are some of the purest wines you can taste and if you’re interested in the art of winemaking, this event is a great reason to finally take that trip to the Italian Alps.
The weather in Italy in November is quite cold but of course, not the coldest of all months. If you are traveling in November in Italy keep in mind to dress warm and bring your umbrella - you will find it useful during your stay in Italy.