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What to do in Italy in 2020: 10 (+ 1) unmissable events

With cultural, fashion, sport, music events and unparalleled traditions, the new year for Italy looks as if it's going to be full of unmissable events for all tastes. Are you planning your next holiday to Italy? Here we have drawn up the top ten events to mark down for 2020.

 

Fashion Week, Milan

 

Fashion Week

Fashion Week, Milan

Milan is one of the global fashion capitals: even more so in January and June, when its Fashion Week, among the world’s most relevant fashion events takes place together with shows, happenings and exhibitions. Starting from 9 January to 8 February with Milano Moda Main Fall Winter, for the launch of the fall-winter 2020/2021 collections, and from 10 to 14 January with Moda Uomo; the launch of the spring/summer 2021 collections is instead taking place in June.

 

Vinitaly, Verona

 

Vinitaly

Vinitaly, Verona

In April, wine enthusiasts cannot miss Vinitaly, the historic international wine and spirits exhibition held in Verona. In 2020, the event will be from 19 to 22 April: more than 4,000 exhibitors from Italy and abroad are expected at the Verona tradeshow, with wine tasting, workshops and conferences on made in Italy products. Many events in the name of wine, art and entertainment are also scheduled downtown.

 

IGLTA Convention, Milan

 

Piazza Duomo

Piazza Duomo, Milan

From 6 to 9 May, Milan will be holding the 37th edition of the IGLTA Convention, a significant international event on LGBTQ+ tourism. The four day-event is organized by the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association and includes a calendar of meetings for journalists and international tour operators, education and B2B marketplace sessions, as well as occasions for fundraising and networking.

 

Uefa Euro 2020

 

Uefa Euro 2020

Uefa Euro 2020

In 2020, one of the most important events for Italy will be the European Football Championship, Uefa Euro 2020. On occasion of the 60th anniversary of the tournament’s foundation, next edition will be a touring event with twelve different cities involved. Italy will play a particularly leading role: the opening match on 12 June will be in Rome, where will be played also the match on 17 and 21 June and on 4 July.

 

Arena Opera Festival, Verona

 

Arena di Verona

Arena di Verona

If your holidays to Italy will coincide with the summer season, we recommend that you don't miss one of the much awaited dates of the Arena Opera Festival housed in the extraordinary setting of the Verona Arena. A rich opera calendar is scheduled from 13 June to 5 September with masterpieces like Aida, Turandot, La Traviata, Cavalleria Rusticana, but also ballet shows and classical music concerts.

 

Palio di Siena

 

Palio di Siena

Palio di Siena

If you want to witness something unique in the world, among the must-see events in Italy in 2020 be sure to mark down the dates of 2 July and 16 August for the traditional Palio di Siena, the horse race among the world’s most famous historic reenactments (dating back to the 1200s). The race takes place directly in Piazza del Campo, Siena’s most central and scenic square; teams from the different city districts – the contrade – compete for victory.

 

Umbria Jazz, Perugia

 

Umbria Jazz

Umbria Jazz

The aficionados of jazz know well that in the summer in Italy there’s just one place to be: Perugia, where every year, in July, Umbria Jazz, the most important Italian jazz event, takes place. The 2020 edition will be held from 10 to 19 July in downtown Perugia with a rich calendar of concerts and international artists (a concert by Lenny Kravitz will be held on 10 July). If you cannot wait until July, you can enjoy Umbria Jazz Winter, from late December to early January, in Orvieto.

 

Notte della Taranta, Salento

 

Melpignano, Puglia

Melpignano, Puglia

August is the month for one of the most important events in Italy: Notte della Taranta (Night of Tarantula), a folk music festival dedicated to the revival and promotion of the “pizzica”, the typical dance from Salento, Apulia. In August, the 23rd edition will be held, as always moving about the various squares of Salento area, with its final night in Melpignano and with the participation of internationally renowned artists.

 

Venice historical regatta

 

Historical regatta, Venice

Historical regatta, Venice

Visiting Venice is always a magical experience, but it is even more magical on the first Sunday of September, on the occasion of the reenactment of the traditional Historical Regatta, much loved by both tourists and Venetian people. The event is carried out in two stages: the historical boat parade along the Grand Canal and then the competitive regatta. Next year it will be held on 6 September.

 

Barcolana, Trieste

 

Barcolana

Barcolana, Trieste

If you are planning a holiday in Italy in October, take the opportunity to attend the Barcolana, the historic international sailing regatta taking place every year in the Gulf of Trieste on the second Sunday of October. With more than 2,500 participants, it is the world’s largest sailing race. The 2020 event will be held on 11 October.

 

Parma Capital of Culture for 2020

 

Piazza del Duomo, Parma

Piazza del Duomo, Parma

In addition to the top ten list of the most important events to be held in 2020 in Italy is also Parma 2020: not just a single event but a full year of shows, exhibitions, guided tours, concerts and food & wine tours happening in downtown Parma, appointed Italian Capital of Culture for 2020. Parma will be offering over 500 events of culture, beauty and good food all year long.