Abruzzo Festivals

Chieti Holy Friday Procession
Chieti Holy Friday Procession – Photo © Nellie Windmill

This is a partial list of local festivals, fairs, and costumed events. To verify the exact dates, please contact the local tourist board:

AT L’Aquila e Provincia www.provincia.laquila.it

IAT Chieti e Provincia www.provincia.chieti.it

IAT Pescara www.provincia.pescara.it

IAT Teramo e Provincia www.provincia.teramo.it


  • Chieti: The town of Chieti has the oldest procession in the entire country. It takes place on Good Friday evening by the flickering light of torches and has all the mystery of a medieval funeral. The statues of Christ and the Madonna are originals from the mid-16th century. Since its beginning, the parade has always been the same. The elite members of the organizing group (the Arciconfraternita del Monte dei Morti) walk the symbolic Via Crucis with white hoods that cover their faces. (Good Friday).
  • Cocullo: Snake Handlers’ Procession: a statue of the town’s patron, St. Dominic, is carried through the town covered with live serpents (first Thursday in May).
  • Francavilla a Mare:Carnival Festivities (February).
  • Citta’ Sant’Angelo: Carnival Parade of Floats (February).
  • San Valentino: Frittata Festival (Good Friday).
  • Picciano: Traditional Befana Festival (January).
  • Lanciano: Medieval Pageant and Horse Race (September).
  • Cappelli Sul Tavo: Palio del Pupo Costumed Races (August).
  • Villamagna: The Turks and St. Margerite Historical Re-enactment (July).
  • Cepagatti: Historical Parade with Floats, Fireworks, and Celebrations (August).
  • Rivisondoli: Living Nativity Scene: hundreds of costumed figures re-enact the arrival of the Three Kings at the manger (January).
  • Loreto Aprutino: Procession of the Ox: this beautifully costumed procession culminates when a sumptuously outfitted ox kneels before the statue of St. Zopito (Monday after Pentecost).
  • Scanno: Bonfire Festival: enormous bonfires are lit on the surrounding hillsides to commemorate St. Martin (November).
    Traditional Wedding Ceremony: the re-enactment of the unique local wedding customs (August).
  • Popoli: Trout and Shrimp Festival (August).
  • L’Aquila: Pope Celestino’s Pardon Ceremonies (August).
    Good Friday Procession (sunset, Good Friday).
    Festival of popular art and folklore of the Italian regions (Usually first week in July).
  • Sulmona: La Madonna in Piazza: medieval folklore event culminating in a staged pageant (Easter Sunday).
Fara Filiorum Petri: Farchie Festival
Fara Filiorum Petri: Farchie Festival – Photo © kokopelli-italy.blogspot.com
  • Fara Filiorum Petri: Farchie Festival: giant torches illuminate this festival for St. Anthony (January) (right).
  • Celano: Costumed Procession and Fireworks (late August).
  • Cappelle Sultano: Palio of the Puppets: giant puppets form a procession through the town, then explode in a shower of fireworks (August).
  • Pescara: International Jazz Festival. Plays at Teatro Dannunziale July through August.
  • Rocca di Mezzo: Daffodil Festival: folklore dances, presentations and a parade of flowery floats to celebrate the arrival of spring (last Sunday in May).
    Plowing Festival: a re-enactment of a 17th-century custom, culminating with a race to plow the most perfect furrow (last Saturday in August).
  • Pacentro: Festival of the Madonna of Loreto, with a traditional bare-foot “gypsy race” (first Sunday of September).
  • Bucchianico: Flower Festival: a re-enactment of a 13th-century military stratagem that saved the town from destruction, with costumed parades, flower-bedecked carts, and exquisite miniature flower floats worn on the local ladies’ heads (third Sunday of May).
  • Villa Santa Maria: Culinary Festival: world-famous chefs who hail from the region gather for a three-day demonstration of their skills, based on techniques and recipes that date back over centuries (October).

A few items from Abruzzo

La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy
Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy’s more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes—many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat—2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it’s not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. La Cucina is an essential reference for every cook’s library.

Grazing In Abruzzo
Bruce Franchini (Director), Lidia Bastianich (Actor)
Lidia loves the region of Abruzzo! She describes the people there as welcoming, giving and jovial, and the hearty food of the region has left her with such fond memories. In the Abruzzese kitchens, Farro, a kind of wheat berry, is cooked as a whole grain and is manufactured in many shapes-both by small artisanal pasta makers and larger pasta companies. She makes this pasta with arugula and ricotta. Following her main course of Lamb with Olives, she creates the deliciously fun Scrippelle-which look like fettuccine-and tosses them in a hot caramel, citrus and apricot sauce for dessert.

Abruzzo. History and art guide
by Latini M. L. (Author)
Although it is a bit too synthetic, to the detriment of the overall readability of the text, the work provides an exhaustive description of the artistic heritage of Abruzzo, inserting points for observation not always recognized. Recommended.

Abruzzo 1st Edition
by Michael Kenna
Abruzzo, located in southern Italy, is known as the green region of Europe because of the system of parks and nature reserves covering more than one-third of its territory. In Abruzzo, Michael Kenna found a cultural identity that elsewhere, for the most part, has been lost to globalization and instant communication. Kenna photographed medieval ruins, ancient villages and a countryside rich in traditional cultivation. As curator Vincenzo de Pompeis writes in the book s introduction, 'Abruzzo's heritage, together with its impressive natural scenery, brings to mind romantic connotations that have historically attracted many international landscape artists, particularly in the 19th century. Michael Kenna fits perfectly into this rich historical vein of celebrated landscape artists who have worked in Abruzzo. Kenna's work often evokes the influences of Romanticism. In his photographs of historic rural landscapes, for example, there is an air of melancholy, which accompanies memories from the past. His images of ruins stir up feelings of passing time, of the constantly evolving ties between history and nature.' This gorgeous new monograph by renowned landscape photographer Michael Kenna is published to coincide with a major museum exhibition in Loreto Aprutino, Italy. Richly printed in duotone on matt art paper, and presented in an olive-green cloth slipcase with black debossed text on one side and a tipped-in image on the other, Abruzzo presents 65 images from the series, published here for the first time.

Michelin Map Italy: Abruzzo, Molise 361 (Maps/Local (Michelin))
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Canti Della Terra D'Abruzzo
Ettore Montanaro
Buy MP3: all 51 at the same time, or each one individually.

Italian Folk Songs from Abruzzo 1927-1930
LA COPPIA SCIASCIA (Artist)
CD and MP3 reissue of the freat italian folk duo. Comes with rich notes and photos of the couple as well. Pasquale and Clara Sciascia immigrated to the U. S. from the Abruzzo region of Italy, settling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 1927 to 1933 they recorded 44 songs fro the Victor, Columbia and Brunswick record companies. The Sciascias were the first to record a number of Italian and Abruzzese folk songs, 14 of which are reissued here for the first time in 90 years. The songs feature wonderful duet singing and exquisite string band accompaniment. Also included are notes on the couple and their music, photos, and the transcribed and translated lyrics. Includes 20 page booklet.