National Befana Day – Urbania
4-5-6 January 2022. In her official home, the Befana brings happiness to young and old
On January 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2022, is taking place in Urbania, the ancient Casteldurante, the 25th edition of the National Befana Day
Like every year, the Befana descends from the bell tower and lands in the square delivering sweets and candies among a blaze of lights and music.
In the Befana Post Office, children can write their own letters with the help of the vice-witches who then sit around the fire and tell fairy tales.
And there is also the Befana House, located right under the town hall, where the old woman lives all year round. Here visitors can see the cauldron where she makes her potions, the collection of games, the parking lot of her flying broom and the bed where she rests after flying all day.
In 2022 the outdoor shows as well as the longest Befana Sock in the world and the Befana descent will not take place. Indoor events only by booking.
In the streets of the city, children can also see the longest Befana Sock in the world, and the Scarf of Love, made it longer every year by the witches of Urbania. In these days the Befana also turns Urbania into a “tasteful city” in Piazza dei Dolci with chocolate, candies, cotton candy and sweet snacks, and also in Piazza del Salato, with many local specialties including Crostolo d’Urbania, her favorite snack. In Piazza dello Sport visitors can also try archery, orienteering and other exciting activities.
And also dozens of shows and other initiatives.
During these three days the key to the city is also entrusted by the Mayor to the Befana to emphasize that from January 4th to 6th dhe is the undisputed queen of the event.
Urbania is a small city 18 km away from Urbino.
In the past it was called Casteldurante, but in 1636 was renamed Urbania in honor of Pope Urban VIII who in that year recognized as Metropolitan See.
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