Umbria’s Fair of the Dead: A Fascinating Journey through Tradition and Culture
November 1 – 5
If you’re looking for a unique experience in Umbria, look no further. Every year, at the end of October, the region comes alive with a one-of-a-kind celebration: the Fair of the Dead, the largest fair in Central Italy.
This captivating event blends tradition, culture, and mystery into an unforgettable journey through the streets of Umbrian cities.
An Ancient Umbrian Celebration The Fair of the Dead, formerly known as the “All Saints’ Fair,” has deep roots in Umbrian tradition dating back to medieval times, starting as early as 1260. It was a genuine moment of exchange and trade of agricultural and artisanal products, as well as livestock, in preparation for the winter season.
Today, the Fair of the Dead is a vibrant mix of culture, history, and festivities not only from Umbria but from all around the world.
One of the focal points of the Fair of the Dead is the market that winds through the historic center of Perugia, along Corso Vannucci, and the large market in Pian di Massiano (easily accessible via the Mini Metro). Here, local vendors showcase a wide range of artisanal and non-artisanal products. There is also the famous Luna Park and the “Baracconi,” which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
You can find ceramic objects, fabrics, jewelry, and traditional culinary delights of local gastronomy, such as porchetta, local cured meats, and flavorful soups. Not to mention the Umbrian truffle, an autumnal delicacy that reaches the peak of its goodness during this time of the year. Additionally, there’s international cuisine from cities twinned with Perugia.
The vibrant colors of the products and the artisanal skills of the vendors create a magical atmosphere that will make you feel as if you’re immersed in an Umbrian fairy tale.
The Fair of the Dead in Umbria is a unique opportunity to delve into the soul of Umbria, discovering its history, cuisine, and people. If you’re seeking an authentic and memorable experience in Italy, look no further: the Fair of the Dead awaits you with open arms in the picturesque Umbrian cities.