Italy has a long tradition of chocolate making, with famous and historic chocolatiers located in cities such as Turin, Perugia and Modica. Bologna, Florence and the region of Tuscany, even if they are not immediately associated with chocolate, also have their traditional artisan chocolatiers. Not surprisingly, it is also in these cities that some of the most important chocolate fairs of Italy are being held. See also: 5 Italian Towns for Chocolate Lovers.
1. Eurochocolate, Perugia (Umbria), October 16 to 25, 2015
Held since 1993, Eurochocolate will celebrate its twentieth anniversary this year with a focus and theme centered around sustainability. The chocolate festival, which is one of the largest in Europe, will include chocolate tastings, chocolate art displays, street performances and chocolate sculpting, with stalls and activities in the squares and areas of Piazza Italia, Piazza della Repubblica, Corso Vannucci, Via Mazzini, Via Fani, The Terrace of the Covered Market, and Piazza IV Novembre.
2. Cioccoshow, Bologna (Emilia-Romagna), November 12 to 16, 2014
The 10th edition of the famous chocolate fair in Bologna took place from November 12 through 16. The exact dates for the 2015 edition have not been published yet. Master chocolatiers from all over Italy will present chocolates in all kinds of shapes, sizes and tastes.
3. CioccolaTo, Turin (Piedmont), November 21 to 30, 2014
Italy’s capital of chocolate will host the 2014 edition of its famous festival from November 21 to 30, 2014. For ten days, visitors will have the opportunity to discover some of the best and finest in the Turinese and Piedmontese tradition of chocolate making. Read more about Turin’s chocolate history.
4. Showcolate, Naples (Campania)
The fifth edition of the Neapolitan chocolate festival was supposed to be held on Piazza del Plebiscito from December 6 to 15, 2013. Unfortunately the 2013 edition of the festival was cancelled despite the success of previous years, reaching numbers of 180,000 visitors in 2012, and nothing seems to have been planned for 2014.
5. Chocobarocco, Modica (Sicily), December 5 to 8, 2014
Famous for its ancient chocolate recipe, said to date back to the Aztec tradition brought to Sicily by the Spaniards in the 1500s, Modica is also the venue of Chocobarocco, a festival dedicated to the town’s centuries-old chocolate tradition. Originally planned for March, the fair will now be held in December, from the 5th to the 8th.
6. CioccolArt Sicily, Taormina, December 20, 2014 to January 6, 2015
7. Cioccolentino, Terni (Umbria), February 11 to 15, 2015
Cioccolentino probably deserves the title of the most passionate of all chocolate festivals. Not only does it take place on Valentine’s Day (and the two preceding and following days), but also is it located in the town considered the capital of all lovers, where the relics of Saint Valentin, the first Bishop of Terni, are guarded.
8. Florence Chocolate Festival (Fiera del Cioccolato Artigianale), Florence (Tuscany)
Presumably from February 10 to 19, 2015, but dates still need to be confirmed.
The first edition of this festival was in 2013. Its aim was to present something completely different from the other Italian chocolate festivals, linking the food of the gods with archeology. The 2014 edition took place from February 28 to March 4, however the program for the 2015 edition has not been published yet.
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Photo credits (top to bottom): Chocolate collage by Slow Italy; Eurochocolate by Ramesse; Eurochocolate by Francesco; Cocoa © Elena Schweitzer/fotolia.com; CioccolaTo; cocoa beans © Elena Moiseeva/Fotolia.comShowcolate; Modica chocolate by Daniele Civello; Cioccolentino Terni; Fiera del Cioccolato Artigianale (2 photos) by Tvenchus;