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45th Festival of the Sea in Levanto

On July, 24th and 25th, you’re all invited to the great 45th Festival of the Sea in the lovely seaside resort Levanto, located in the province of La Spezia (Liguria Region).

The Festival of the Sea has being celebrated since 1968, in honour of the patron saint of sailors, St James the Apostle, in order to commemorate the period in which the town was found.

In the days preceding the festival, many religious liturgies are held, whereas on 24th and 25th July visitors can see historical parades, medieval games, a procession with crucifixes and the whole gulf enlightened with 10 thousand colored candles and also fabulous fireworks.

Medieval August in Ventimiglia, 36th edition

Every year in July and August, history becomes the protagonist of Ventimiglia (Liguria Region) and the town is enriched by an atmosphere that never seems to be gone.

Ladies, knights, nobles: common people dressed in medieval costumes enliven the beautiful historical centre, which offers a perfect and charming setting for this event. Every year, the event has a different theme.

The event takes place in the evening with medieval dinners, performances by jugglers and fire eaters, medieval markets, guided tours for discovering the treasures of Ventimiglia and also many concerts.

One of the most popular exhibitions is the regatta

Saint Joseph Fair: La Spezia on party

The traditional, yearly festivity involving the whole city of La Spezia is coming back for 3 special days dedicated to joy, good food and dads.

Yes, dads, because on March,19th, besides being the fair starting day, it’s also the only day in Italy dedicated to celebrations in honor of all dads, remembering Saint Joseph, Jesus’ putative father.

Saint Joseph’s Fair was organized the first time in 1565 and it was designed to live and give back importance to commercial and producing activities in La Spezia area: people decided to let it start during the feast of the patron protector of the city and since then, it became a special event for all the calendars of the area.

More than 600 stalls and stands coming from many Italian Regions

The 85th Palio of the Gulf in La Spezia, Liguria

La Spezia, a city located in the Eastern Riviera of Liguria, gets ready for its 85th Palio of the Gulf, which this year will take place on Sunday 1st August 2010.

The ancient Palio of the Gulf is part of the many traditional events taking place in La Spezia, a town surrounded by mountains and the sea, and every year it takes place the 1st Sunday of August in front of the waterfront “Morin”.

The Palio is a challenging rowing race among 13 fishing boats handmade by local craftsmen, with peculiar features for making them faster in water.

Probably, it takes its origins from the challenge among the crews of fishing boats in the waters of the Gulf of La Spezia (or Gulf of the Poets), where there is mussels farming (or “muscoli” as the citizens call them).

In the past, such races were very important because the winner could have the priority in discharging goods and fish, rising in this way their profit.

And still nowadays, this challenge is very expected and beloved by all the citizens of La Spezia, especially by the borgate (districts and towns taking place in the competition): Porto Venere, Le Grazie, Fezzano, Cadimare, Marola, CRDD (Circolo ricreativo dipendenti difesa), Canaletto, Fossamastra, Muggiano, San Terenzo, Venere Azzurra, Lerici and Tellaro.

However, the Palio is more than a race, is the heart of the city, is culture, art and many events scheduled in the works:

On 23rd July at 8.30 pm: inauguration of Villaggio del Palio, along the waterfront Morin and the exhibition “Sommergibili nel Golfo” created by The Historical Maritime Society.

From Saturday 24th to 28th July at 9 pm: five evenings of debates dedicated to the sea for making the public aware of climate change and the safeguard of the environment. The presence of Dario Vergassola is scheduled for such evenings.

In addition, from 28th July to 1st August there will be the Summer National Games “Special Olympics” of rowing, with crews, made up of athletes with or without intellectual disability.

The Palio of the Gulf in La Spezia will start on Sunday 1st August at about 7.30 pm: two thousands meters in about 10 minutes. The day will end up with fantastic fireworks at 10.30 pm.

La Spezia in Liguria waits for you in great numbers to watch the 85th Palio of the Gulf and enjoy the several events organized by the city.

For further information about Liguria, beaches in Liguria, islands in Liguria and much more, visit our travel guide to Liguria: www.aboutliguria.com

In the Region of Liguria, La Spezia celebrates St. Joseph’s Day

Once again, from March 19th to 21st 2010, La Spezia is going to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day, patron saint of the city, with its famous town fair.

The city of La Spezia, located in the Eastern Riviera of the Region of Liguria, every year hosts thousands visitors coming from other Italian regions. Traditionally, the town fair counts about 800 typical stalls belonging to hawkers and craftsmen coming from the province of La Spezia and the neighboring Regions – Emilia Romagna and Tuscany -  and from Northern Italy.

The event was conceived in 1565 in order to develop the trade of the area. In fact, visitors will find on sale many typical products, delicacies, sweets, toys, clothes and shoes, junk jewelry and any sort of household and gift items.

From 9.00 am on March 19th, the town fair will take place for three days in