The Feast of St John

23 - 24 Jun 2017
Genoa, Italy

Experience a religiously inspired public holiday in Genoa when The Feast of St John kicks up city festivities.

  • When? 23rd - 24th June 2017
  • Where? Genoa
  • Price: free

When you read 'The Feast of St John' you're probably expecting a feast, yet this is more of a celebration. But don't worry because this is Italy and luckily there's good food at every turn. Put your spaghetti together with some street celebrations and you're in for a unique weekend in Genoa. 

The Feast of St John who is otherwise known as John the Baptist, is a public holiday and celebrated in many cities such as Genoa, Turin and Florence. Aside from the Virgin Mary, St John is the only Saint whose birthday is celebrated rather than his death and today he still proves to be an iconic figure for the people of Italy. 

In Genoa the festivities begin on the eve of the 24th where the people of Genoa take to the streets to enjoy fireworks, parades, sporting events and various street entertainers that include musicians, singers and jugglers. A festive atmosphere sweeps into the evening when locals head for Piazza Matteotti and gather around the large bonfire to continue the celebrations.

On the 24th, The Cathedral of San Lorenzo prepares the saint's ashes to be paraded through the city. A procession then takes place before arriving at the city's Old Port where the Cardinal Archbishop of Genoa blesses the sea and city.

Even after The Feast of St John, you'll be even hungrier for Italian culture.

  • Get there: Fly into Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport and take the shuttle bus to the city centre.
  • Stay: Find a hotel by the harbour to soak up the city's charm.

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