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Events in Lanciano

July, August and the first two weeks in September is a very lively period in and around Lanciano. After Ferragosto (15th August), Lanciano begins to really fill up and the silly season takes off in a memorable way. There is something to do or see every night for all ages. The crowds grow and activities get more and more extravagant until the arrival of the main festival from the 14th to the 16th of September, the biggest date in Abruzzo’s social calendar.

Lanciano : Events


From the second week in July, through the whole of August to the first week in September

Daily activities for all the family. For the program look at

The whole of August

‘L'Estate Musicale Frentana’ daily musical concerts on an International level held around Lanciano. This event attracts large numbers of international musicals and appeals to music lovers (classical, jazz, opera)

Summer period

For cabaret dates

Il Festival Nazionale del Cabaret

31 August

St. Egidio’s toy Fair, a children’s and romantic’s flee market


First weekend in September

Inter-quarter contest for the Mastrogiurato

The following day

Historical re-enactment of the Mastrogiurato including fire eaters, sword fighting and competitions

8 September at 10.00

‘Il Dono’ ‘ local farmer’s auction goods they donate for charity. There is also a procession of traditional farming

14-16 September

Spectacular festival at the centre of Lanciano. It starts at 4.00 am and continues for three days. Lots of music, games, stalls and fireworks. Let’s not forget the horse racing at the center of Lanciano



Children’s exhibition (Fierabilandia)



Agricultural feed Exhibition (Fiera Agroalimentare)

23 December

Local Lanciano procession call ‘La Squilla’



Wedding exhibition (Fiera Sposiamoci)

17 January

St. Antonio’s play. Most quarters and surrounding villages put on a re-enactment of the story of St. Antonio in the form of a play in dialect



Motor Show (Fiera Route & Motori show)

3 February

Festival of San Biagio. On this day you traditionally get your throat blessed at a local church (San Biagio)

Shrove Tuesday

Carnival starts. Children run through the streets and play tricks on un-suspecting adults and peers. In Pescara and Francavilla there are processions of floats / dressed up trucks.


Holy week

an important period for Lanciano

Easter Friday at 7.00 pm

Procession at the centre of Lanciano (starting at the church of St. Chiara)

Easter Sunday mid-day

Procession starting at the Cathedral

Easter Monday

Traditional trip out of Lanciano usually into the countryside

Tuesday at mid-day

Procession around the Cathedral

During the month

National Agricultural Fair 'La Fiera Nazionale dell'Agricoltura'



Living today Exhibition (Fiera Abitare Oggi)


A cause for celebration, dancing and eating and drinking too much with the locals. Some festivals are small traditional affairs with a local folk band and food, others like the Lanciano festival are three days of music, fun fairs, processions and fireworks. The Lanciano festival is an attraction for thousands to visit the city and see something unique. The Lanciano festival starts with a four o’clock firework display (am, not pm). The fireworks last about half an hour. You will be surprised how many locals of all ages are out to witness the opening of the festival.

A moving religious festival occurs at the Holy week when a local volunteer from each parish drags a life size crucifix through the streets bare foot. Following him are other people from the parish singing carols. It is a great honour to play the part of Jesus.

At the end of August in Lanciano there is an amazing medieval re-enactment including a long procession in costume, with load drumming and trumpet fanfares. The finale is a competition of strength, sword fighting and fire eaters. Of course, more fireworks.

One thing is guaranteed, you will not get bored.

At Pretoro I witnessed something I was sure would be a terrible experience, the ... snake festival. It actually cured any fears I had towards snakes and helped me understand them. The villagers go out into the hills the morning of the festival and catch as many snakes as they can find. They then walk about the streets with them around their bodies ‘ wild snakes!! But there are very few bites or problems, nobody gets hurt, and before you know it you are having your picture taken with a local snake. If you have a fear of snakes, I suggest you try it out, it will either cure you or send you mad.

Some of the local festivals are quite spectacular. Lanciano is great for the massive diversity of activities over such a long period. At Fara San Martino they let off fireworks with the mountain as a backdrop. At San Vito they have a firework display in the sea.


Aprox. date


First week in May

Artichoke festival in Cupello

31 May

Festival / auction of typical products at Torino di Sangro


28 ‘ 30th June

Guardiagrele (Ch) ‘ Wild bore festival


13 July

Re-enactment of the Saracens attack in Villamagna

In July

Festival in Treglio

In July

Ham and Melon festival in Mozzagrogna

In July

Arrosticini (type of kebab) festival Cupello

First week in July

Show from the different quarters Cupello

28 July

Show from the quarter Cupello

22-25 July

Festival in Tollo

22-25 July

Housewife’s festival in Frisa

29-30 July

Festival in Vacri

End of July

Festival of fried fish at Fossacesia

End of July

Fisherman’s festival at Casacanditella

End of July beginning of August

Wine festival at San Martino sulla Marruccina

End of July

Lamb festival at Pizzoferrato


First week in August

Festival in Montazzoli

In August

Cake and biscuits Festival in Mozzagrogna

First Saturday in August

Pork festival in Carpineto Sinello (Ch)

First weekend in August

Wine, music and poetry festival in Canosa Sannita

Beginning of August

Festival at Tufillo

Beginning of August

Festival at Palombaro

Beginning of August

Traditional food festival in Tollo

First two weeks in August

Wild bore festival at Pennapiedimonte

3-7 August

Festival in Miglianico

First three weeks of August

Local craftsman show in Guardiagrele

4-7 August

Farmer’s festival in Monte Marcone di Atessa

5-6 August

Pasta festival in Vasto

5-7 August

Good food festival at Crecchio

6-7 August

Biscuit and wine festival at Casalbordino

6-7 August

Festival at Roccamontepiano

7 August

Pasta and hunter’s festival Pennadomo

9-11 August

Festival at Pretoro

9-10 August

Good food festival at Pollutri

10 August

Festival at San Giovanni Lipioni

10-14 August

Sausage festival at Serre a small village near Lanciano

10-15 August

Pasta festival at Pennadomo

10-11 August

Festival at Carunchio

10-12 August

Typical foods festival at Rocca San Giovanni

11-15 August

Beer and potato festival at Pizzoferrato

12-17 August

Festival at Casoli

11-13 August

Beer festival at Castiglione Messer Marino

11-13 August

Fried pizza festival Rapino

12 August

Countryside and walkers festival at Guilmi

12 August

Wine festival in Vasto

13 August

Pork festival at Lentella

13-15 August

Sheep’s cheese festival at Palena

14 August

Pasta festival at Montebello sul Sangro

14 August

Festival at Guilmi

14 August

Truffle festival at Torrebruna

14 August

Festival at Miglianico

Middle of August

Sheep festival in Furci

15 August

Ferragosto ‘ Major bank holiday

15 August

Grilled lamb festival at Roccaspinalveti

18-19 August

Festival at Cupello

19-20 August

Rocca San Giovanni Jazz festival ‘ for information

20-21 August

Pasta festival at Fara San Martino

20-21 August

Gnomes festival at Piana delle Mele - Guardiagrele

20-21 August

Truffles festival at Quadri

21 August

Pizza Festival Civitella Messer Ramondo

26-27 August

Pizza festival at Pianibbie small village near Casoli

Last week in August

Festival of Vacri

31 August

Festival at Pretoro

End of August

Festival of Arrosticini (type of kebab)

End of August

Farmer’s festival Civitaluparella



Festival of the grape and the wine in Giuliano Teatino

First or second week in September

Grape festival in Mozzagrogna

3-4 September

Pork festival at Vacri

10 ‘ 12 September

Mountain walk and festival in Castiglione Messer Marino

11 September

A gincana western at Vacri

24-25 September

Display and market of honey at Tornareccio

In the month of September

‘Cooked wine’ festival at Roccamontepiano


8-9 October

Festival of cooks at Villa Santa Maria

15-16 October

Festival at San Giovanni Lipioni


4 November

Roccamontepiano Sagra della Castagna ‘ chestnut festival.

15 - 16 November

Treglio Festa del Vino Novello. ‘ New wine festival

End of November

Caldari - Ortona wine festival


First Saturday in December

Carunchio ‘White Truffle’ festival

First Saturday in December

Pollutri ‘ Bean festival

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