EventsTuesday 03 January 2017

Here comes Befana! Enjoy the fun in the Alps of the Sea

Many cities and villages celebrate Befana – the old lady riding a broomstick on Epiphany's Eve bringing gifts or coal to children – and that of Epiphany, or Three Kings' Day.

Here comes Befana! Enjoy the fun in the Alps of the Sea

Many cities and villages celebrate Befana – the old lady riding a broomstick on Epiphany's Eve bringing gifts or coal to children – and that of Epiphany, or Three Kings' Day.

Here below is but a limited list of the cities and villages in the Alps of the Sea celebrating these traditions: 

Bordighera: Celebrating Befana

Bordighera celebrates Befana for four days: in her wooden house she waits for kids with games, gifts and fairy tales; Also in Corso Italia many workshops, face painting, music, craft stands, holidays treats , food and wine market and Street Food.

Sanremo: Befana's Parade on Stilts

At the Santa Claus Village in Borea d'Olmo square in Sanremo on January 6th at 3pm

Imperia: Let's save Befana

On January 6th fire fighters will save Befana in Piazza Rossini! The event, organized by Invia, starts at 3pm, candy to all the children and "Pompieropoli", organized by the Fire Department and dedicated to all children who want to become smaller firefighters and receive a diploma.

San Bartolomeo al Mare: Befana comes by night and Living Epiphany

Befana comes by night, in San Bartolomeo al Mare January 4th to 6th, a fair market in Piazza Torre Santa Maria square from 9am to 7pm. Also on January 6th there will be a Befana's train offering a sightseeing tour in the afternoon with visit to the exhibition of Nativity Scenes at the Auditorium San Michele. On January 6th Living Nativity at Santuario Rovere and in the streets, celebrating the Epiphany, while on the Nazioni promenade at 3pm Epifaneide takes place, a non competitive masked parade.

Alassio: Scuba Diving Befana

On the seacoast frontwalk, Befane will meet children and then dive into the sea of Alassio near Savona. Laying of the laurel wreath on the Christ of the Abyss's statue on Gallinara Island will follow.

Finale Ligure: Waiting for Befana

Waiting for Befana at Neri's Beach on January 6th at 4pm in Finale Ligure, in the province of Savona. Arrival of Befana coming from the sea followed by candy and mulled wine distribution

Savona: Befana's Festival in Sisto Square

On January 6th, 2016 Befana's celebration in Sisto IV square. In the afternoon, from 3pm to 6.30pm or so, workshops for children and families. The initiative, supported by the City of Savona, provides a traveling game room with traditional games, wooden games, games from different traditions, outdoor play equipment, board games, juggling, circus materials and tools, stilts, balancing games, marbles, giant mazes, and much more. Children and adults will have the opportunity to use and test a wide variety of equipment and tools. Also in the creative workshop, "In the Befana's basement", children will be able to create their own toy by hand, such as the mouse-catcher cheese, the Befana's parachute, puppets, spinning tops, witches made with corks.

Alba: The Befana's Cabaret of the Epiphany

Art Extravaganza with circus performers, magicians, stilt walkers and storytellers. January 2016, at 8pm in the Hall under San Cassiano church, in Pieroni, Alba (Cuneo).

Bra: Epiphany Concert

Epiphany Concert with the Orchestra degli Armonici conducted by Maestro Giuseppe Allione of the Civic Musical Institute "A. Gandino". At 9pm at the Politeama Boglione Theatre

Waiting for Befana among gifts

At Bra's Toy Museum, in the province of Cuneo, three laboratories at 11am, 3pm and 5pm  

Sauze D'Oulx: Epiphany Night Snowshoeing

An event open to all, young and less young, who want to try running or just walking in the peaceful surrounding of a marvelous landscape.

All participants will enjoy hot drinks, an award ceremony with special gifts

For  more information: Tourist Office of Sauze d'Oulx Viale Genevris 7 tel. 0122 858009 or by email: info@gameoverevent.it 

*Please double check event with organizers before attending as some plans might change without notice

Deborah Bellotti

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