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Whatever the time of year, you can always find a festival in Abruzzo. These festivals are rich with local culture and traditions and are the highlight of the year for the locals.

Tourists are warmly welcomed and the sights, tastes and smells can be enjoyed by the whole family. A partial list of Abruzzo festivals includes:


  • Picciano - Traditional Befana Festival.
  • Rivisondoli - a living nativity scene during which hundreds of people reenact the events of Epiphany.
  • Fara Filiorum Petri - the Farchie Festival in dedication to St. Anthony.
  • Francavilla a Mare - carnival festivities
  • Città Sant'Angelo - carnival parade of floats in February.
  • San Valentino Good Friday festival called the Frittata Festival.
  • Cocullo - the Snake Handlers' Procession during which a statue of St. Dominic covered in live snakes is carried through the town.
  • Loreto Aprutino - the Procession of the Ox on the Monday after Pentecost.
  • Rocca di Mezzo - the Daffodil Festival to celebrate the arrival of spring.
  • Villamagna - The Turks and St. Margerite historical reenactment festival.
  • Cappelli Sul Tavo - the Palio del Pupo Costumed Races.
  • Cepagatti - a historical parade with floats, fireworks and celebrations.
  • Cappelle Sultano - the Palio of the Puppets.
  • Celano - a costumed procession with fireworks.
  • Popoli - the Trout and Shrimp Festival.
  • Lanciano - a medieval pageant and horse race.
  • Pacentro - the Festival of the Madonna of Loreto.
  • Villa Santa Mariah - Culinary Festival during which world class chefs in the region demonstrate their skills over a three day period.
  • Scanno - Bonfire Festival to commemorate St. Martin.