If you happened to travel to the Italian countryside in Summer, you’d be familiar with the ‘sagra‘.
Sagra, is a street summer festival; any small town or village in Italy has its own sagra.
Sagra, or ‘festa del paese’ — village’s feast, is slightly different from the historic festivals.
Food is central in the sagra. They are mainly a sort of culinary festivals.
In Italy, there is a sagra celebrating every item of gastronomy. Dishes celebrating local produce, cooked by local women, provide the justification to launch a sagra. And it’s a tasty and cheap food, accompanied by local wine, served on tables arranged in the main town’s square.
With a band playing folk music and people dancing the whole night.
Unfortunately, the sagra are not so well advertised, so visitors are not used to attend these festivals and miss so a chance to know that rural Italy that does not feature on travel guides.
More importantly, vacationers miss a chance to taste excellent wine and food and avoiding the expensive restaurants.
So definitely, it’s worth taking time to find local festivals; that also enables you to discover non touristy places across Italy.