Nov. 1 – All Saints Day in Italy. Ognissanti is the feast of all the Saints of the Catholic calendar and is also a public holiday. While most businesses will close, many churches and museums remain open.
Nov. 2 – All Souls Day in Italy. Italians honor their deceased relatives with a bouquet of flowers and a trip to the cemeteries.
Through Nov. 5 – International Rome Film Festival, Rome. Taking place in the Auditorium Parco della Musica, the film festival features many films from all over the world.
Through Nov. 26 – White Truffle Festival, Alba, Piedmont. The fall festival features wines, white truffles and much more to tempt the taste buds.
Weekends in November – La Sagra del Tartufo Bianco, San Miniato, Tuscany. Twenty-five percent of Italy’s white truffles are produced in this territory. Food, craft stands and entertainment abound and restaurants feature reasonably priced truffle items. You can event take part in a truffle hunt!
Most of November – Rome Jazz Festival, Rome. Concerts in the Auditorium Parco della Musica are held throughout the entire month.
Nov. 21 – Festa della Salute, Venice. Each year, a temporary bridge resting on barges is set up over the Grand Canal connecting San Moise and Santa Maria del Giglio to the basilica to allow the procession to access the majestic church of Madonna della Salute. The event is a perfect meld of folklore and religion.
Nov. 22 – Feast of Saint Cecelia, Trastevere. This saint’s feast day is celebrated at the church of Saint Cecelia and the Catacombs of San Callisto.
November is a great month for enjoying the Italian autumn harvest. In many towns and villages, chestnut and olive oil festivals take place on the weekends.