Every year many Italian towns organize special festivals. One of these festivals takes place in Montelago, a small town in the province of Ancona, in the Marche region. The one organized in Montelago is the biggest Celtic festival in Italy.
Why is there a Celtic festival in Italy?
Well, in the 3rd century BC the Celts were spread over a really large area. Their language and culture were the most widespread in central Europe. Starting from the 400 BC they expanded to northern Italy and then later even to central Italy. So, since Celts were part of the Italian history, and were a very interesting population, today you can find some Celtic festivals in Italy.
The Celtic festival in Montelago is generally organized every year in August. People from all over Europe go to Montelago to celebrate. Every year the festival hosts around 20,000 people.
This festival is so popular for a very good reason. It offers many different activities and attractions.
First of all, once there, you can follow music lessons. The instruments you need to have (or in some cases you can rent) range from Celtic harp, bagpipe, guitar, bouzouki, tin whistle, violin, etc.
Also, you can follow some courses such as: wood carving, clay processing, leather processing, weaving, creating mosaics, and many others.
Moreover, you can learn to shoot with a bow, the basics of sword fighting; how to make arrows, traditional Celtic cooking, and so on.
Another thing you can do is participating at traditional games such as tug of war, pole toss, stone put, and some more.
If you don’t like these games, don’t worry because the organizers got you covered. Indeed, you can go and visit the Riddle Pit. It’s the place dedicated only to role-play games, but remember to book your place in advance.
And this isn’t all. At the Celtic festival in Montelago you can also attend Celtic weddings and big Celtic concerts.
A must to see if you happen to be around Montelago in August!
For information about dates and prices, have a look at the official Celtic festival’s website.
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