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»» Where To Buy White Truffle in Umbria and The Marches

Those who are looking to buy white truffle while visiting Italy, should not miss some major truffle events taking place between late October and November.
A number of truffle festivals and fairs, held in October and November in the most important areas of the country for truffle hunting, offer the best chance to buy the most valuable of the tubers.

This piece of advice is for people who are visiting Rome or tourist areas in Umbria and Marche — those who are visiting Piedmont or surrounding areas in Northern Italy can visit the Alba International White Truffle Fair and the many more minor festivals taking places in the area (here you can find out more about it).

In Umbria, just a day trip away from Rome, you have a major truffle fair in Gubbio, worldwide well known travel destination because is one of the historic centers most visited in Umbria.
The annual fair, “Mostra Mercato Nazionale del Tartufo Bianco e dei prodotti agro-alimentari“, starts late October (2011 edition goes from Oct. 28 to Nov 1st). The program for the 2011 Gubbio’s truffle fair is here.

Just a few km from Gubbio, you have “Il tartufo bianco“, another major truffle fair, taking place in the Renaissance town of Città di Castello. The fair, featuring an important white truffle market, is held early November (2011 edition goes from Nov. 4 through 6. Here you find the 2011 program).

If you cross the Apennines mountain chain, around 50 km away from Città di Castello, in the Marches, you have “Fiera Nazionale del Tartufo Bianco Pregiato di Acqualagna” — the National Acqualagna White Truffle Fair — held in the town of Acqualagna.
Located at the heart of one of the most important areas for truffle-hunting in Italy, Acqualagna hosts one of the two most important truffle fairs held in the country.
The fair starts the last week of October and goes on the first two week-ends of November. You can find the program for the 2011 fair here.


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»» Renaissance Festivals in Italy: “Festa del Duca” in Urbino

The Medieval and Renaissance town of Urbino hosts the annual historic festival “Festa del Duca” — Duke’s Festival — from August 13 through 15.
The festival offers visitors a chance to discover the rich cultural and artistic heritage of one of the best preserved and most appreciated historic towns in Italy.
Dancers, musicians, artists and artisans fill the streets during the Festival days creating a cheerful, yet surreal atmosphere.

Urbino

Visitors can enjoy theatrical performances, musical concerts, local crafts exhibitions and food tastings with food prepared from authentic Renaissance recipes.
(Find out festival details and programme at http://www.urbino-rievocazionistoriche.it/ ).

Urbino is short drive to another tourist attraction, the Republic of San Marino, as well as to the major sea resorts located on the Adriatic Coast of Marches and Romagna. That offers a chance to combine a very nice tour.
For those who are willing to travel by plane, the closest airports are Ancona or Rimini.

When: Aug 13 through 15 (annual)
Where: Urbino


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»» Major Opera Festivals in Italy in August

For those who are looking for opera festivals as visiting Italy in August, we have a couple of events to suggest. These festivals, held in the surroundings of sea resorts, attracts crowds of vacationers who love opera.

Torre del Lago - Tuscany

The city of Pesaro, on the Adriatic coast of Marches, hosts the Rossini Opera Festival, a summer festival in honour of composer Gioacchino Antonio Rossini — Pesaro is Rossini’s birthplace.
Operas and concerts at various venues in Pesaro are scheduled from August 9 through 23. Programme details at http://www.rossinioperafestival.it.

In the surroundings of Versilia (Northern coast of Tuscany), the town of Torre del Lago, where the composer Puccini lived and worked, hosts in its open-air theatre the Puccini Opera Festival from June 16 up to August 23.
For information on Puccini Opera Festival visit http://www.puccinifestival.it/.


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»» Christmas Markets in the Marches: S.Agata Feltria

A visit to the medieval town of Sant’Agata Feltria, — Montefeltro area, Marches, in December, offers a chance to see a huge Christmas market as well as to taste the typical local delicacies like truffles, cheese and sweets.

The town, located in a renowned truffle-searching area, hosts a Christmas market featuring a vast host of Christmas bits and pieces, ranging from nativity scenes in the Sicilian or Neapolitan styles to coloured balls, angels, Christmas headgear, scented and coloured candles. It is a unique opportunity for seekers of Christmas souvenirs.

Where: Sant’Agata Feltria – Marches (see on the interactive map).
When: December 2, 8, 9, 16 (the first three Sundays in December plus December 8. )
Find accommodations in the Marches.


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»» Major Befana Celebrations in Urbania, Marches

by PrimeItaly.comUrbania, delightful town located in the surroundings of the well-known historic city of Urbino, Marches, welcomes the Epiphany day with a major celebration.
That is also called Festa Nazionale della Befana — Befana’s National Feast, to stress it is the biggest nationwide Epiphany celebration

Urbania-Marches

Four days of celebrations including of music, markets and Befana racing on wooden go-karts.
Last year an acrobatic Befana jumped from a 30-metre tower to open the door of her house to the children.

Where: Urbania – Marches (see on the map).
When: from January 5 up to 7
Find accommodations in the Marches.


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