Long weekend of 25 April 2020: where to go in Italy

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Il bridge of 25 April is approaching and it's time to think about a new journey to make the most of this spring weekend. In Italy you will find many initiatives to be discovered, from north to south you just have to choose the best activity for your needs.
In addition to being the date ofanniversary of the Liberation of Italy in fact, April 25 is also the day on which, in different areas of Italy, various kinds of festivities take place, all nothing short of fascinating. Why not take the opportunity to discover them all?


  1. Northern Italy
  2. Center of Italy
  3. Southern Italy and Islands
  4. User questions and comments

Northern Italy

Northern Italy is the ideal place to spend an April 25 outdoors, perhaps walking among the coolness of the mountains or in the streets of some of the most important cities in Italy.

1 - Milan, Lombardy: Exhibitions and Fairs

Rich in exhibitions and historical sites, it is certainly one of the most "comfortable" destinations for the weekend of April 25th.
In this period the city is full of artistic initiatives such as exhibitions and fairs of any kind, from pictorial exhibitions to publishing fairs, which in recent years have taken place in the pavilions of Fiera Milano Rho, but also in historic buildings such as the Ambrosiana Library and the Royal Palace. If you're lucky enough to find them, you can stroll around 400 exhibitors that include publishing houses, bookstores, start-ups and much more.

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  • Tour of the Duomo and the terraces with audio guide Guided tour of the Duomo and the Last Supper with skip-the-line entry

2 - Genoa, Liguria: visit to the Aquarium

For a relaxing but equally special 25 April you could think ofGenova's aquarium. First in Italy for size and in Europe for variety of animals (there are about 15.000 specimens of 400 different species), the Aquarium of Genoa is one of those destinations that everyone agrees on.
Inside you can walk among sharks, seals, moray eels and many other animals, or face some of the "special routes" proposed, such as "Aquarium Adventure" and "Secret Aquarium", excellent especially if you have children with you.

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  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the aquarium Guided city tour in 2 hours

3 - Gran Paradiso Natural Park, Val d'Aosta

A favorite destination for lovers of hiking and the outdoors, Valle d'Aosta is the queen of April 25th. Here you will find the Gran Paradiso Natural Park, the oldest Italian national park. From simple walks on tour, for those who are not really experienced, to excursions to adventure parks, could be the one for you. The NaturAlp group of guides organizes "mini safaris" in the park, also ideal for families with small children, with activities designed for them too.

If, on the other hand, you don't like getting too far from the city you might think about Courmayeur, a city of 2.777 inhabitants nestled between some of the most famous peaks in Europe. Here you will find the Mont Blanc with the famous SkyWay Monte Bianco cable car, the Saussurea Alpine Botanical Garden and the Duca degli Abruzzi Alpine Museum.

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  • Val D'Aosta Explorer with wine tasting, cable car and lunch

4 - Venice, Veneto: the Feast of San Marco

For Venice, April 25 is a double holiday: not only is the day of Liberation, but also the one dedicated to its patron, San Marco. The celebrations take the name of "Festa del Bocolo" and have their origins in legend. Symbol of the party is the red rose bud (the bud in fact), a sign of love that knows no bounds.

On the weekend of April 25th in Venice it is also not to be missed procession in the Basilica of San Marco.

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  • Guided tour of the Doge's Palace and Basilica with priority entrance Boat excursion to Burano, Murano and Torcello Gondola ride through the canals

5 - Sirmione, Lombardy: the flower show on Lake Garda

During the weekend of April 25th, Sirmione on Lake Garda becomes a gigantic flower garden, thanks to flower show which attracts hundreds of tourists every year. In addition to the colorful and fragrant flowers, you will also have exhibitions, street artists, guided tours of the village and exhibitions by local artisans.

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  • Half day tour to Sirmione and Lake Garda

Center of Italy

Il Center of Italy it has everything for a weekend of April 25 not to be forgotten. Villages, mountains, sea, but also cities of timeless historical importance ... these are just some of the things you can deal with if you choose it as your travel destination.

1 - Rome, Lazio: city center, parks and Castelli Romani

Reachable from any part of Italy, Rome offers those who visit it various initiatives for an unforgettable 25 April.
You can stroll through the streets of the Old Town, make a picnic and a walk in Villa Borghese or in one of the other numerous parks of the city, or visit the numerous exhibitions present.

Also on the weekend, on the occasion of the "Castles to discover" event, the Castelli Romani open their doors: between visits to archaeological sites and nature trails among the villages of the metropolitan area of ​​Rome, expert guides will accompany you to discover an unusual Rome! Events are often free or with a small entry fee.

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  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance with audio guide to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

2 - Florence, Tuscany: city center and Val d'Orcia

Another destination not to be missed is Tuscany. Here you are spoiled for choice, between cities like Florence, which every year attracts thousands of tourists with its museums and works of art famous all over the world, the sea of ​​Livorno and the bright green countryside with the Val D'Orcia. Here you can walk the paths of oil and wine, between medieval castles and itineraries to be covered by bike, motorbike, or on foot along the Via Francigena.

Any option is good, such as the food that awaits you at the various tastings that will be held in the area.

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  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Uffizi Gallery Visit to Palazzo Vecchio with audio guide Val d'Orcia food tour: Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano

3 - Castiglione del Lago, Umbria: Festival of Flight on Lake Trasimeno

Another unmissable event is the one that takes place on Lake Trasimeno every 25th April. Here, more precisely over 1.500 aircraft land at Castiglione del Lago airport, protagonists of an unparalleled "festival". Here you can watch aerial acrobatics, as well as having 100 stands with various products and flying equipment.

For those who have never tried to fly there is also the so-called "baptism of the air", while the more experienced can wander among the aircraft on display.

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  • One day tour between Perugia, Assisi and Lake Trasimeno

4 - Corinaldo, Marche: the Race of Fools

In the Marches, April 25 is the date of the Race of Fools. To Corinaldo, in the province of Ancona, every weekend of April 25th thousands of onlookers arrive to attend this colorful event. Hundreds and hundreds of people run along the city walls challenging each other and throwing colored powder at each other. In addition, the race is part of a larger party, which provides shows, workshops and markets.

And if you are in the mood for great experiences you can too visit Ancona. You certainly won't regret it.
Find here all the info on the village of Corinaldo and the official website of the Festa dei Folli.

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  • Tour of Ancona with a local guide Guided tour of Urbino for 2,5 hours

5 - Assisi, Trevi and Spello, Umbria: Picnic among the villages

In Umbria, you will find other splendid options for an April 25 of fun and relaxation. In Assisi you will have food tours and picnics available, as well as being able to visit the city.

A very similar activity also takes place in Trevi. The "Pic Nic a Trevi" event includes a lunch among the olive trees, surrounded by
workshops, tastings, exhibitions and markets with handicraft products, but also cycling or trekking between the countryside of the city and the smaller places of San Francesco. The main moment is the picnic on the lawn, surrounded by olive trees.

In nearby Spello, another orange flag village, you can take advantage of the opening of the Roman Villa of Mosaics.
Here you will find all the info on the other most beautiful villages in Umbria and on the Pic Nic event in Trevi.

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  • Assisi: Picnic with wine tasting 3-hour tour with local guide Tour of the Umbrian villages: Norcia, Cascia and Cascata delle Marmore

Southern Italy and Islands

There is better place than Southern Italy for a sunny weekend? For the weekend of April 25, why not think about a trip to some of the southern towns, with sea, sun and lots of good food? It could be the winning choice.

1 - Palermo, Sicily: city center, Mondello beach and picnic in Ficuzza

We said sea, sun and good food: la Mondello beach in Palermo has all these things. Favorite destination for the "picnics" of Palermo, it could also be yours. A sunny day spent taking a bath (it's not so strange to think you can do it on April 25th) and a walk along the beach, to then recover the lost strength with arancine, pasta with sardines, wild fennel and every good thing possible .
Is the weather not good enough to take a bath? Never mind, the city of Palermo awaits you with all its beauties.

If you are more of a da picnic in the middle of nature, the alternatives are many, but the 3 main ones are: Favorita Park, the largest urban park in Europe (which connects central Palermo and Mondello among other things), the Foro Italico, the huge lawn on the Palermo seafront near the port, and the Wood of Ficuzza, a little further away (about 40 km). Here, in the wood of the nature reserve or in the meadow of the Real Casina di Caccia you will find the ideal set for your barbecues!

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  • Mondello coast boat tour with snorkeling and lunch Palermo, Monreale and Mondello day tour

2 - Altamura, Puglia: medieval re-enactment

Never thought of a April 25 in Puglia? In Altamura you will find the "Federicus" event that will take you back in time. Dedicated to Frederick II of Swabia, the festival includes food and wine stands, falconry shows, archery exhibitions, not to mention the many street artists who will intervene and the markets that will take place throughout Altamura.

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  • Half day guided tour with museum entrance Guided tour with local guide and specialty tasting

3 - Cala Luna, Sardinia

Another splendid place for April 25 is there Sardinia. Reachable in a short time thanks to airplanes and ferries, it is the ideal place if you love good food, wild nature and less frequented places.

Here we point out Cala Luna, splendid coastline of the Gulf of Orosei. Here you can spend the weekend of April 25 diving and visiting the numerous caves present, or take a leap into the Gennargentu National Park.

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4 - Agrigento, Sicily: visit to the Valley of the Temples

If you like history you might think of a weekend in Agrigento and in particular to the Valley of the Temples. This is the original nucleus of the city of Agrigento, which today stands a short distance from there. Within this area, which since 1997 has become part of the Unesco World Heritage Site, numerous Greek buildings await you including 12 temples, a council chamber, the Agora and the wonderful Kolymbetra Garden.

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  • Guided tour of the Valley of the Temples and Kolymbethra Guided tour of the Valley of the Temples and Archaeological Museum

5 - Tropea, Calabria: beaches and historic center

Another destination in Southern Italy is Calabria, with its dream coasts. Take advantage of it to take a bath (if the temperatures allow it) and relax in the sun. If you don't know which city to choose why not think about Tropea?
In addition to an ancient and respectable historic center you will also have some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Calabria.

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  • Spicy tour to Tropea and Capo Vaticano Day trip to Scilla and Reggio Calabria from Tropea

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