Canary Islands- Lanzarote Events To Enjoy Holidays 2010

There are altogether too many reasons for choosing to holiday on the sunshine island of Lanzarote in the coming year.  As the fourth largest of the Canaries the island offers a year round raft of events and festivals and entertainment for visitors to enjoy, along with a tapestry of local culture, an idyllic climate and great beaches to relax and soak up the glorious sunshine.

There are plenty of good and affordable accommodation options available on the island too.  With villas in Lanzarote having rental prices from around 350 per week and rental properties (apartments and self catering villas) located in all of the main resorts as well as across the Lanzarote countryside if you want too enjoy the peace and quiet and stunning scenery.

I Love Italian Travel - Carnevale Season In Campania

Campania on the eastern coast of Italy lies south of Latium, the region that contains Rome. Campania is a land of contrasts, home to the jet-setters and filled with poverty-struck areas as well. I think that the town of Santa Maria a Vico, population about fifteen thousand, located some 20 miles (30 kilometers) northeast of Naples and the city of Caserta, population about eighty thousand, located some 17 miles (25 kilometers) northeast of Naples should be especially proud of their Carnevale. Among the floats at the parade is "The machine of Uncle Scrooge" which is exclusively dedicated to children with disabilities, for example transporting them from one venue to another. I don't know how many other Carnevales and Carnivals have such facilities, but Santa Maria a Vico-Caserta is showing us the way. They have three days of dancing, music, fireworks and parades with additional children's activities.

I Love Italian Travel - Basilicata Carnevale Season

Basilicata sits in the south of Italy with a tiny coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west and a somewhat larger one on the Gulf of Taranto to the south. This is one of the least prosperous, most traditional regions of Italy. All the more reason to visit, especially during Carnevale.

The major Basilicata Carnevale is located in the town of Tricarico, population 6 thousand. This festival is traditional. Children and adults parade in costume, cow and bull outfits are always popular. Carnevale begins on Sant'Antonio Abate day named for an Egyptian abbot who is widely honored in southern Italy. Starting at 5 o'clock masked participants rally in Piazza Garibaldi before proceeding to the Sant'Antonio Abate church. By the way, we're talking about 5 in the morning, not 5 in the afternoon. This day is fully packed with activities for people of all ages. There is even a midnight celebration that I am told goes until the wee hours of the morning.

I Love Italian Travel - Abruzzi Carnevale Season

Francavilla al Mare is a city of about 25 thousand people located near Pescara, Abruzzi on the Adriatic coast. Its carnival is considered so far above and beyond the regional competition that is simply known as the "Carnevale d'Abruzzo" (the Abruzzi Carnival). This seems to be the only such case in all Italy except for Piedmont. Interestingly enough the Carnevale d'Abruzzo dates in its present form back to only 1956 when it greeted a group of Martians in a flying saucer. But of course Francavilla al Mare does not host the only Carnevale site in Abruzzi and you should take a look at several of them.

I Love Italian Travel - February Attractions Of Southern Italy

So you are hankering to visit southern Italy in February, but just aren't sure what to see and what to do. Don't despair; there are lots and lots of special events that simply aren't available in the good old summertime. Here are a few of them. Get rolling; February is right around the corner. We start our virtual counterclockwise tour in Apulia, the heel of the Italian boot. Then we head northwest to Campania on the Tyrrhenian Sea and then south to the island of Sicily.

On February 13th, the coastal city of Barletta, Apulia hosts the Commemoration of the Challenge of Barletta. This event recalls the historic challenge between 13 Italian horsemen and 13 French horsemen first held on February 13th, 1503. This is one beautiful traditional ceremony. The small town of Vico del Gargano whose nickname is "The Village of Love" celebrates The Feast of Saint Valentine by decorating its main church and statue of Saint Valentine with bay leaves and literally thousands of oranges. You won't be surprised to learn that this area is known for its oranges.