While many of us may associate St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with pints of beer at an Irish pub, or even a dinner of corned beef and cabbage, there are many ways to celebrate the upcoming holiday. In fact, a history of expats from Ireland and the US have even created a tradition of Irish celebrations across Italy. Some Italian cities feature Irish holidays like St. Patrick’s Day as a reason for everyone to celebrate. Get in the mood for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with some of these great celebrations that take place across Italy–you may even be tempted to swap that mug of beer for some Italian wine this St. Patrick’s Day!
Irish Churches in Rome
Italy is known for having some of the oldest, most beautiful churches in Europe. Tourists can spend all their time in Rome touring astounding Italian churches and never see them all. But did you know Rome is also home to some Irish churches? For a more traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Italy, you might choose to check out the Basilica of San Clemente, San Patrizio a Villa Ludovisi, or Sant’Isidoro a Capo le Case–all of which are associated with Ireland.
Irish Pubs in Italy
Since Italy is home to communities of Irish and even Irish-American expats, it’s only natural that Irish pubs would have popped up across the country! You can even find one of the most authentic Irish pubs outside of Ireland in the historic district of Bolzano, Italy. St. Patrick’s Day in Bolzano would be the perfect opportunity to find some unique food and beer pairings in Italy! There are also a few Irish pubs in Verona known for their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, such as Hartigan’s Irish Pub and Birreria, which features plenty of Guinness and Irish music for the festivities.
Irlanda in Festa
In some parts of Italy, St. Patrick’s Day gets several days of drinking, dancing, and celebrating all things Irish with Irlanda in Festa. These festivals, which can be famously found in both Florence and Bologna, feature parties, live concerts, bar crawls, and other festival affairs. Who knew you could find a great St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world’s center for Italian cuisine and pasta? Irlanda in Festa in Florence lasts for 3 days around March 17th, when you can find plenty of expats and Italian celebrants enjoying a pint in any of the two dozen Irish pubs in the city of Florence.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Italian Way at Basta Pasta
For more than 12 years, Basta Pasta has given Maryland diners delicious Italian food from local and fresh ingredients. Enjoy delicious pasta dishes, unlimited salad and breadsticks, and fine wine at one of our locations in Timonium, Fallston, Perry Hall, or Eldersburg. Contact us online or give us a call at the location-specific phone number listed here. Read our menu and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter! If you don’t feel like going out, order our signature crab cakes online and enjoy delicious Basta Pasta from home!