January 11, 2012, 07:35 AM
Local festivals and festi in lucca
I would like to know if there any any Saints Day celebrations or small street festivals to celebrate local customs or produce, while I am in Lucca from April 29-May 13 , 2012 please.
The only thing I've ever been lucky enought to come across in Italy was a Polenta Festival in Monterchi once; and I would like to see a similar sort of celebration in Lucca, if there are any that anyone knows of!
January 24, 2012, 06:54 PM
As for official patron saint celebrations during the time period you indicated, I just found that Coreglia Antelminelli has San Michele as a patron saint and celebrates it on May 8. This small town is in the Garfagnana area to the north of Lucca, a valley running alongside the Apuan Alps that we highly recommend you visit in any case.
I also found that Lucca celebrates Santa Zita on April 27 but celebrations seem to be tied to a flower market spread out in the area between the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro and the San Frediano church. You might catch this on the 29th, since it is likely it spreads over the weekend.
Lucca's patron saint is San Paolino which falls on July 12. Many others in the area are in July and August.
This doesn't mean you won't catch any "sagre" as the small food related street festivals are called. Many of them are just not publicized widely on the internet a whole lot of time ahead..... so I'd suggest you check back in with us in March, to see if we can find something specific going on then, once we're closer to the date. If we find interesting events going on, we always add them to our Tuscany events calendar.