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.
1. Eurochocolate, Perugia (Umbria), October 18 to 27, 2013
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 13 to 17, 2013
The 9th edition of the famous chocolate fair in Bologna will take place from November 13 through 17. Master chocolatiers from all over Italy will present chocolates in all kinds of shapes, sizes and tastes.
3. CioccolaTo, Turin (Piedmont), November 22 to December 1, 2013
Italy’s capital of chocolate will host the 2013 edition of its famous festival from November 22 to December 1, 2013. 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), December 6 to 15, 2013
The fifth edition of the Neapolitan chocolate festival will be held on Piazza del Plebiscito from December 6 to 15.
5. Chocobarocco, Modica (Sicily), December 6 to 8, 2013
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 6th to the 8th.
6. CioccolArt Sicily, Taormina, December 21, 2013 to January 6, 2014
The fifth edition of CioccolArt Sicily will be held in Taormina (Sicily) from December 21 to January 6.
7. Cioccolentino, Terni (Umbria), February 12 to 16, 2014
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, 2014, but dates still need to be confirmed.
The first edition of this festival was held last year. Its aim was to present something completely different from the other Italian chocolate festivals, linking the food of the gods with archeology. Surely a promising project, however, the dates for this year’s edition have not been published yet.
Photo credits (top to bottom): Chocolate collage by Slow Italy; Eurochocolate by Ramesse; 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;