by Joan Gill
No one can say that the Agerolesi don’t enjoy a celebration, as the town plays hots to 78 festivals throughout the year, most of which are observed during the summer months. Two not to be missed feste are Sant’Antonio Abate (Saint of Anthony Abbot), celebrating the Patron Saint of Agerola on January 17, and “La Sagra del Fior di Latte”, a festival devoted to the cheese made in this region, in August. Happily for those visiting the town over the summer, Sant’Antonio Abate often coincides with “La Sagra del Fior di Latte” January being too cold for festivities.
An Agerolese festival acts as the perfect opportunity for the whole town to get togheter and have some fun, and the celebrations frequently last three to four days. The piazza is decoreted and live music is performed, first by the “Gruppo Folk Agerola Band” who play handmade instruments converted from farming equipment, then by big-name professional musicians. There are also opportunities to sample dishes relating to the festival, see first-hand how traditional crafts are made and get acquainted with the history of the town. A large fireworks display wraps up the festivities, and the whole town is usually out to witness this grand finale.