As we know, Italy has lived in small towns since the Middle Ages, this has given the great diversity in the national territory which at the same time has led each area of the boot to have typical characteristics, one of the best ways to discover these differences is to visit the local fairs.
Fairs in the South
All the beautiful Italian fairs are characterized by typical characters and themes, perhaps linked to a product of the area such as local vegetables such as the red potato in Colfiorito (Umbria) or to a dish prepared like the vincisgrassi Fermo (Marche). Every region has something very unique, but here are a few the most famous fairs of the southern part. According to tradition, the origins of the Manduria Trade Fair date back to the period between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries when the queen of Naples Joanna II (1371-1435), would have granted it between the first and fifteenth day of the month of each year.
The first written documentation, however, dates back to a Royal Decree dated 1742, with which the closing date was brought forward to March 12, due to the appeal of the municipalities of Lecce and Ostuni, which held their fairs on March 15. Another decree dated 1832, postponed the start date to 9 March as evidenced by a manifesto of the time kept in the municipal library of Manduria. And then definitively settled on 7 March of the modern era. There are various hypotheses put forward by scholars of local traditions to motivate this denomination: the most likely and accepted appears to be linked to weather conditions, often inclement during the period of the event, less reliable is the one referring to the small earnings obtained by merchants, also due to adverse weather conditions.
Fairs in the North
Even in the north of the country there is no lack of tradition of fairs: The Vintage Car and Motorcycle Exchange Exhibition Bastia Umbra is a fair of vintage cars and motorcycles, spare parts, accessories and models of cars and motorcycles and is the most qualified trade fair in the sector in central Italy. The exhibition takes place in the Umbriafiere exhibition center in Bastia Umbra (PG) and occupies an area of over 15,000 square meters including the outside. The event is dedicated to all those who have a passion for these cars and motorbikes that are no longer seen in circulation, whose owners jealously guard them and show them only on rare occasions like this, and to enthusiasts who in a unique event in its generally in Umbria they can find special spare parts to restore their vehicles or come across simple curiosities about cars, motorbikes, models of cars and motorbikes and the objects of the past. All merchandise that is no longer found in the usual sales points and that often to find it you travel for hundreds of kilometers to have it. Therefore, the expectations of visitors will be satisfied who will move from different Regions to reach what is confirmed as one of the most qualified sector events in central Italy.