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October is generally the month when the white truffle season stars in Italy. White truffle fairs and festivals are being organized in various regions where this delicacy can be found.

On October 6th starts the
Alba White truffle festival that lasts until November 18.

There is also a
Dunkey Palio in Alba on the first Sunday of October. During the Dunkey Palio the nine districts of Alba compete in a donkey race for a painted silk cloth, the Palio. The Palio race is preceded by a grand procession through the streets of the town.

There is also the white truffle fair in
Moncalvo the last week of October. See: white truffle and white truffle festivals.

Eurochocolate Festival is held annually Perugia in mid-October. For approximately 9 days the old center of the capital of Umbria becomes a giant, open-air cioccolateria, where visitors can taste, buy and learn about chocolate.

Art, Music and Film Festivals in Italy in October:

Roma, October 12 - November 25, 2012, Rome Jazz Festival
Roma Jazz Festival, one of the most important events of its kind on the international scene. Every year a different theme is selected to highlight the trends and the evolution of jazz music both on the national and international level.

Cormòns, October 25-28, 2012, Jazz & Wine of Peace

A four-day festival featuring national and international Jazz artists.

Food and Wine Festivals in Italy in October:


What's on in Italy in October
October in Italy

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Folklore in Italy in October

Pinerolo, usually first Saturday and Sunday of October.
The event is a historic reenactment of the Man in the Iron mask legend.  For info:

Trieste, usually second Sunday of October, Barcolana
Named after the village of Barcola, this historical European sailing race is one of the largest sailing races in the world. Born in 1969 thanks to the Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano of Trieste, the race takes place annually in the Gulf of Trieste, every second Sunday in October. All types of boats can participate and there are also illuminated night races, music, wine and food.

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