Saint Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday, but that doesn’t mean that other countries can’t get in on the action! In Italy, Saint Patrick’s Day is not widely celebrated, but some cities hold parades and festivals to celebrate and enjoy delicious Italian cuisine. Here are seven fun ways to spend Saint Patrick’s Day in Italy!
Irlanda in Festa: Bologna
Bologna is a large city packed with nightlife and college students, making it the perfect place to celebrate both Irish heritage and Italian cuisine. There is a festival every year that includes Irish music, beer, and plenty of activities.
Joy’s Shop Irish Pub: Bari
It’s not easy to find an Irish pub in Italy, but Joy’s Pub is just that. For years they have been hosting a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration complete with live music, events, and green beer.
Authentic Irish Pub: Bolzano
The Temple Bar has the distinction of being named the most authentic Irish pub outside of Ireland by the Irish Pubs Global Federation. It seamlessly marries a traditional atmosphere with classic offerings, so it’s the perfect spot for celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day in the heart of Italy.
Irlanda in Festa: Florence
Florence also hosts a festival to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with all types of Irish festivities, including parties, concerts, special events, games, Irish food, and plenty of beer. There are many different Celtic dancing and music performances for the whole family to enjoy.
Saint Patrick’s Week: Rimini
Rimini, a small seaside town, also celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day with a 3-day festival of events. The Irish festival includes traditional dinners, music sessions, and plenty of Irish drinks. The Wild Horse Pub is one of the most popular places to revel in the festivities.
Irish Pubs and Churches: Rome
Rome might seem like a surprising spot for Irish culture, but there are many expats in the Rome area. Whether they are celebrating at a church or in a pub, there are many Irish folks celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day and Italian cuisine in Rome.
The most popular spot for Saint Patrick’s Day in Verona is a tiny pub called Hartigan’s Irish Pub and Birreria. They offer all of the classics, including pints of Guinness and live Irish music.
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