Let Them Eat Cake - In Liguria!
Viaggio nel Medioevo
The two-day Torta Dei Fieschi is one of the oldest events in Italian folk culture, dating back hundreds of years. It starts with the ‘Addiu du Fantin’, a medieval reconstruction of the bachelor party of Count Opizzo Fieschi which includes dancing, ancient music and historical flag games. On the second night is a theatrical performance of the marriage of Bianca De’ Bianchi with Opizzo Fieschi, better known as ‘Torta dei Fieschi’ (Fieschi’s Cake).
The event is marked with an enormous 13-ton wedding cake, prepared for the annual occasion by local Ligurian confectioners and distributed to the event attendees!
And, if that weren’t enough, the region is set to stage a series of cultural events this year.
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, LA SPEZIA. 22 - 27 July 2019
The International Jazz Festival of La Spezia is one of the longest-running Italian music festivals, taking place in La Spezia since 1969. The series of jazz concerts, taking place over six days, features performers including Charles McPherson, one of the greatest alto saxophonists in the world, and four-time Grammy® Award-nominee, Joey DeFrancesco.
Tickets start from €20 for adults and €10 for under 18s
PALIO DEL GOLFO, LA SPEZIA. 2 - 5 August 2019
The ‘Palio del Golfo’ is an annual event which takes place takes place in the port city of La Spezia. On the first Sunday in August, 13 handmade boats built by local Ligurian craftsmen compete in a race on the waters of La Spezia. The competition is preceded by street parades, local events and Italian food stalls which line the streets offering authentic snacks and street food, creating a lively atmosphere in the town on the days prior the event. The event concludes in the evening on the first Sunday of August, with fireworks displays over the waters of the port.
VIAGGIO NEL MEDIOEVO IN FINALBORGO, SAVONA. 22 - 25 August 2019
Every year at the end of August is a famous historical re-enactment called “Viaggio nel Medioevo” ("Journey into the Middle Ages”) in Finalborgo, a village in the Province of Savona. The event, hosted by Centro Storico del Finale, consists of a historical re-enactments of the re-conquest of the village after the war against the Republic of Genoa in 1452. For four nights, the town is transformed into a medieval haven, with inns and shops populated by patrons in period costume, streets and squares animated by ladies and knights, concerts of medieval Celtic music and performances by jesters, jugglers and fire eaters. The historic event features medieval themed gastronomy with an array of banquets lining the streets.
THE INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL IN CERVO, IMPERIA. 13 July – 31 August
This year marks the 56th edition of the International Chamber Music Festival in the Ligurian village of Cervo. Over the summer eighteen exceptional music concerts will take place in the picturesque setting of Piazza Corallini. The show hosts world famous musicians from the international music scene including Fonè Quartet, the Allegri Quartet, Ivo Barvanov, Erika Geldsetzer and many more.
Tickets start from €20 for adults and €10 for children
For further information on Liguria and festivals please visit http://www.lamialiguria.it/