While many of us associate St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with green beer, Irish music, corned beef and cabbage here in the United States, it is fun to know that this day is also celebrated in Italy. Expats from Ireland and the US have even created a tradition of Irish celebrations across Italy. Some cities go all out to get into the mood with great festivities. Of course, there are even Irish pubs in Italy and one of the most authentic Irish pubs in Italy is in Bolzano where you will find lots of Guinness stouts, Irish music and good Irish grub.
In various parts of Italy, the Feast Day is celebrated over multiple days of drinking, dining and dancing. In Florence and Bologna, they celebrate all things Irish with Irlanda Festivals which features live concerts, bar crawls and other festivities lasting for over three days. Of course, none of these can be taken away from the huge parade in New York City that starts in lower Manhattan and ends, where else but in the Eastside 70’s which, at one time, was a sort of Irish central with food and pubs. It’s where many Irish immigrants felt at home on a Saturday night and especially on St. Patrick’s Day.
Rome’s Colosseum lights up green for St Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City
You may be surprised to know that there are some Irish churches in Italy. If in Rome, for instance, on St Patrick’s Day, you can experience a traditional St. Patrick’s celebration in the Basilica of San Clemente, San Patrizio or Sant’Isidoro, all associated with Ireland.
While corned beef and cabbage might be the norm for dinner for many on this day, don’t limit it there! You can also celebrate at home with a fine Irish stew and a few bottles of Guinness Stout.
Irish stew and Guinness stout