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Yearly observances that lend Bologna an extra touch of festiveness

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Bologna Festivals

Annual awesomeness

Among its many longstanding traditions, Bologna includes its annual religious and other festivities. A perfect example is the night of San Giovanni (St. John), June 24th, when the city centre is overtaken by processions, street markets, and fireworks (best observed from the bridges over the Arno River). On September 8, another big party is the Rificolona, this festival which celebrates the tradition of farmers coming to the city from the to sell their wares, illuminated by paper lanterns - marked by many markets throughout the streets of Bologna.



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