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Le Marche Summer Festivals



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  • Ascoli Piceno and La Quintana

The Ascoli Piceno festa known as La Quintana - held on the first Sunday in August is the most famous festival in the Marche.

The jousting tournament between the town’s various regions is the centre piece of the festa and is taken very seriously by all Ascoli Piceno residents. The passion and emotion is intense. A great festival that also celebrate the great culinary traditions of the Marches is that of Treia.

Held around the middle of May, it is basically a cook-off between the towns best cooks. The best part about it is that lucky passers-by get offered some of the best traditional Marche dishes, prepared by the best cooks. It is worth turning up just for the eating.

  • Festival of Piobicco

One of the longest festivals held at the end of the first week in September is the Festival of Piobicco. The festa goes on for an entire week and celebrates the fifteenth century, with period theater and a procession of ancient horse-drawn coaches amongst much else. One of the more obscure traditions is the ugliness festival.

This is becoming a global movement and interested and suitably qualified candidates are welcome to apply. More than 20,000 people are now members.

The philosophy is that once you accept your ugliness and revel in it you are liberated and free from preconceptions and inhibitions. You save yourself a lot of worry and plastic surgery bills too!

  • Morro d’Alba – The Grape Festival – Middle of September

Morro d’Alba – The Cantamaggio – 3rd Sunday of May, draws many singers, even foreign groups, to celebrate the springtime. On this occasion the great local wines are served.

  • Poggio San Marcello –

  • Sagra della salsiccia – Sausage feast – a typical popular festival on the Easter Monday. The sausage is grilled on the fire together with many pork dishes.

  • Festa del Sammarcellese lontano – A festival in August honoring the emigrants.

  • Festa del patrono Patron Saint Festival – San Marcello, 16 January – Religious Celebrations.

  • Palio Sammarcellese – A characteristic tournament between contrade, with a donkey competition. The last Sunday of July.

  • St. Joseph Festival - San Paolo – 19 th March

  • Poetry contest dedicated to the Verdicchio – First edition July

  • Gastronomic Week – Feast of the Assumption

  • Popular Agricultural Festival – 1st Sunday of August

  • The Verdicchio Festival - Staffolo – 1st Sunday of August

  • Rossini Opera Festival

This two-week festival in August is a love letter to Pesaro's local legend. Productions of Rossini's operas and concerts are staged at the Teatro Rossini and Adriatic Arena. Tickets go for anything between €20 and €150, with substantial student and last-minute discounts. more details:

  • Festa dell'Duca

The city time-travels back to the Middle Ages, with medieval fun hitting the streets in the shape of a costumed procession and the re-enactment of a tournament on horseback.

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