Vinicio Capossela talks about his travel experiences at the 2013 edition, hosted at the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology of Florence

The Festival del Viaggio (in English: Travel festival) is an annual cultural festival held each June in Florence, Viareggio or Palermo (Italy).[1][2] The festival features a vast array of conferences, exhibitions, concerts, movies, and documentaries about traveling.[3] It also organizes workshops on writing and photography about travel, in collaborations with the University of Pisa and the province of Florence. It was the first of its kind in Italy.[4]


The festival was founded in 2006 by writer Alessandro Agostinelli,[5] who is the current director.[6][7][8]

The "Passeggiata Jodorowski" at the 2018 edition, in Florence

In 2009 Festival del Viaggio won the "Brand New Italian Festival Award" in Bologna.[9] In 2010 the festival presented a walk in the Florentine sky: the tightrope walker Andrea Loreni walked on the wire 50 meters high over Piazza della Signoria, entering into the Palazzo Vecchio.[10] In 2011 festival organized a photo contest about honeymoons all over the world, in collaborations with the weekly magazine L'Espresso and the daily newspaper La Repubblica.[11] In 2018 the Festival del Viaggio conceived and realized the plan of the 'Passeggiata Jodorowski',[12] a walk at dawn amongst the most important Florentine monuments going always straight and never turning (inspired by Alejandro Jodorowski's idea). In September 2019 Viareggio was chosen as an additional seat.[13][14]

The 2020 edition was postponed to September and arranged with more open-air and on-line events.[15][16]

Prominent guests

The following people were involved to describe their experience as travellers


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  2. ^ "Il mondo degli sciamani, via al Festival del viaggio" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  3. ^ Eberle, Janine; George, Don. Come diventare scrittore di viaggio (in Italian). EDT. ISBN 9788859254416.
  4. ^ Agostinelli, Alessandro (5 June 2016). "Festival del Viaggio". L'Espresso (in Italian). Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "A Firenze il Festival del Viaggio" (in Italian). ANSA. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Viaggi una tre giorni di trekking urbano". La Repubblica (in Italian). 27 February 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  7. ^ Berti, Elisabetta (8 June 2016). "Giorno e notte 8 giugno, gli appuntamenti a Firenze e in Toscana". La Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Alessandro Agostinelli racconta Lascia o Raddoppia" (in Italian). RAI. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Festival of Festivals Awards: i vincitori toscani" (in Italian). 9 November 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Passeggiando in piazza Signoria. Sull'aria". Corriere Fiorentino (in Italian). June 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Viaggi di nozze: e il tuo com'era?". L'Espresso (in Italian). 22 July 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Festival del Viaggio all'insegna del cibo e delle passeggiate" (in Italian). 28 May 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Festival del Viaggio a Viareggio. Dall'11 al 15 settembre. Da Hendel a Crepet gli ospiti" (in Italian). ANSA. 9 September 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  14. ^ Simone, Dinelli (11 September 2019). "Sì viaggiare (a villa Paolina)". Corriere Fiorentino (in Italian). Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Si conclude il Festival del Viaggio Liberty, "scalzeggiata" e poesia" (in Italian). La Nazione. 26 September 2020. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  16. ^ a b "La cultura e il piacere del viaggio. In Versilia il festival all'aria aperta" (in Italian). Il Tirreno. 18 September 2020. p. 48.