Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, isn't widely celebrated in Italy, but given that Italy loves a party, several Italian cities hold Irish parties and festivals. St. Patrick's Day is especially popular in cities that have sizeable communities of international students and expats from the U.S. and Ireland. If the Italian city has an Irish pub or two (and many, like Rome, Florence, and Milan, have several), then chances are there will be something going on for Saint Patrick's Day.
Irlanda in Festa is a multi-day celebration of all things Irish and Saint Patrick; it takes place in several northern Italian cities. Here are some of our favorite places to find Irish festivals and parties for Saint Patrick in Italy.
Bologna - Irlanda in Festa
Bologna is a big university city with lots of nightlife, and it's a great place to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. There's an Irlanda in Festa event in Bologna that lasts a few days and includes plenty of music, beer, and fun.
Celtic Druid Irish Pub is a good place to go for a Guinness. They hold a big party on March 17, be sure to wear green. Madigan's Irish Pub (no website), The Irish Times Pub and The Cluricaune are all proper Irish pubs in Bologna's historic center.
Joy's Shop Irish Pub in Bari, Puglia, celebrates Saint Patrick's Day starting on the weekend and continuing through March 17 with live music, special events, and green beer. All year Joy's Pub offers music and Irish fare and beers.
Bolzano - Authentic Irish Pub
The Temple Bar in the historic center of Bolzano, Alto Adige region of northern Italy, was named the most authentic Irish pub outside of Ireland by the Irish Pubs Global Federation in March 2015. It was chosen because of its traditional atmosphere and offerings. It's a great place to raise a pint with fellow celebrants on Saint Patrick's Day—or any day of the year, for that matter.
Florence - Irlanda in Festa
There are nearly two dozen Irish pubs in Florence, and they have varying degrees of authenticity. The Fiddler's Elbow, The Florence Irish Pub, and Finnegan's are among some of the city's best-loved places to enjoy a Guinness—and rest assured that plenty of pints will be consumed on St. Patrick's Day.
Rimini - Saint Patrick's Week
A handful of Irish pubs, some more authentic than others, line Rimini's long seaside promenade and make a great excuse for a St. Patrick's Day pub crawl.
In Forli, a smaller town near Rimini, the Wild Horse Pub is a good place to have an Irish drink and celebrate Saint Patrick.
Rome - Irish Pubs and Churches
Rome has a fair number of Irish expats and you may find them celebrating in Irish pubs, but you're also likely to find them in one of Rome's Irish churches. A good Saint Patrick's Day activity might be to take a look at a few of the interesting churches. The Basilica of San Clemente, San Patrizio a Villa Ludovisi, and Sant’Isidoro a Capo le Case are the three churches in Rome affiliated with Ireland.
Irish Pubs in Rome: The Scholars Lounge Irish Pub has live music with Guinness and typical Irish dishes on March 16 and 17. The two Druids Irish Pubs have live Irish music and promise a Saint Patrick's Day party. Finnegan's Irish Pub says it's Rome's only Irish owned pub.
Hartigan's Irish Pub and Birreria is a small pub in Verona where you'll find Guinness and Irish music. On the other side of the Adige river, there's also good fun to be had at Celtic Pub Verona. Though not exclusively Irish, Campus Pub is also a lively place to celebrate on March 17.