Every year from the 4th to 6th of January, the town of Urbania becomes a fairy tale because of La Befana! This is an Italian tradition celebrated on January 6th where it is believed that Befana- an old witch fills the socks of children with delicious treats. The town of Urbania celebrates this day in style. In fact, this also marks the last day of the Christmas holidays in Italy!
In the spirit of Befana, Urbania crafts a huge festival covered by national television. The town sets up a witch and her home and makes sure thousands of children come to see her! There are activities, games and workshops for children and local food and wine for adults. For La Befana the entire town comes together to celebrate! Befana, the witch, can be found anywhere; hanging on the pole of the street or inside a dedicated room.
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The Befana is a charming character of Italian folklore: she is an old woman who, on Epiphany Eve (the night of January the 5th), delivers sweets to good children and coal to the naughty ones. In order to receive something by the Befana, children have to leave their socks (or a customary big stocking) in plain sight, maybe around the fireplace, and wait to find out if they have been considered good or naughty. The village of Urbania, a small old town in the hinterland of Le Marche, stages the arrival of the Befana with performances, markets, jugglers, and sweets. Children hang their stockings out of their windows and have the amazing opportunity to meet the “real” Befana down the alleys of their town. Come visit Urbania and live the magic. Pic by Festadellabefana.com #befana #marche #italia #italy #marchetourism #urbania #montefeltro #montefeltrotourism #lifestyle #destinazionemarche #madeinitaly #lemarche #regionemarche #marchetourism #vivomarche #viaggionellemarche #ilovemarche #luxurylifestyle #lifestyle #realestateinvesting #realestatebroker #luxuryliving #propertymanagement #homebuyers
I had the pleasure to visit the setup of Befana’s home in Urbania and even saw the decorations only a few days after the celebration. It was intriguing!