that La Befana is an Italian mythological personage, known as a good witch who flies on a broomstick on the 6th of January each year, bringing presents to well-behaving children. The tradition is based on the story of the three wise men (or kings) offering Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh on the same day. La Befana is believed to be searching for baby Jesus, hence why she bears gifts for children.
The next National Festival of La Befana – one of the most fun and unique celebrations you would ever experience! A truly Italian tradition enjoyed by children and adults as thousands of Italians pop in from all corners of the country for this 5-day event.
Many activities, music, open exhibitions, joint initiatives, stalls of sweets and typical products, hundreds of stockings hung and numerous assistant-witches will color the streets and will involve more than 50,000 visitors who come each year. Every day the public can watch the descent of La Befana from the bell tower, take part in the competition for the record-winning longest sock in the world and in the many parallel events happening.
In Urbania – a small and charming town in the Province of Pesaro (Marche), between the borders of Tuscany, Umbria and Emilia Romagna. It is well-known as the historic homeland of the ceramics Durantine, as well as a very friendly place with excellent gastronomic traditions.
From January 2nd to January 6th 2016, for the 14th time in a row.
Who said that fairy tales are for children? You can live in one as a grown–up! Come to Urbania and the National Festival of La Befana! Indulge yourself in the magical spirit for a few days, be a child, be happy!
Do not miss it!