Activities and dates to remember
Stio and the immediate surrounding area host a number of annual events in which people from the whole village, as well as the surrounding villages, and visitors gather in the streets to sample delicious local dishes and enjoy live music, or other cultural events, in a lively and vibrant atmosphere.
Piaggine (every weekend in February): Festival of Snow
An opportunity to enjoy the area’s highest peak, Mount Cervati, with excursions in the snow and visits to the refuge. External link: www.rifugiocervati.it
Stio (second Sunday in June): Shearing Festival
A homage to the area’s shepherding tradition, where the emphasis is adding value to the end product. Spinning, weaving, natural dyeing and cheese making workshops among other events. External link: Associazione "La Tela"
Laurino (first half of August): Jazz Festival
20 minutes by car from Stio. Open air Jazz concerts in the old convent and duchy courtyard. Internationally renowned jazz musicians, as well as various music and singing workshops. This event attracts people from all over the world. External link: www.jazzinlaurino.it
Felitto (middle of August): Fusillo Festival
30 minutes by car from Stio. Sample hand-made fusilli (pasta twists) in the village square.
Moio della Civitella (first weekend in August): Mojoca/h2>
In the heart of the historic centre, an event that includes various street performances. External link: www.mojocafestival.com
Stio (17th to 23rd August): Ciccimaretati
Gastronomic event, showcasing all the best local dishes, and serving them in the setting of a beautiful chestnut wood. External link: www.ciccimmaretati.it
In Stio, August Last Sunday : Saint Pasquale's Day, Patron saint of Stio.
On the occasion all the village streets are adorned with lights and at sunset the statue of the saint is taken in procession through the village.
All the people will take part and there will be "le cente", votive offerings, carried on their heads by people who made vows to the saint. Music played by a band will accompany the procession.
At Night the Day's Festival will finish with fireworks.
"Le cente" usually have the shape of a tower or of a ship and are made with candles and paper flowers.
Stio (1st September): Fiera della Croce
The origin of this fair dates back to the XI century, and it was used to trade animals, silk and leather. Nowadays it is an open market along the main street, where market traders from the area bring their produce.
Stio (31st October to 1st November): Chestnut Festival
To celebrate the chestnut harvest, chestnut-based dishes, and other specialities, can be sampled in the historic centre of the village.