Epiphany: all appointments waiting for the Befana

What to do for Epiphany? Here are the best events in the area.


Five irreverent and very good comedians. “Merry Comedy”, with free admission, is Friday 6 January at 21 at the Cavallerizza del Castello di Vigevano. It will be a stand-up comedy: as is done in America, the protagonists will stand in front of a microphone. Lack of staging for guaranteed laughs, why Mario Raz (as presenter and artistic director), Laura Formenti, Daniel Gattano, Francesco Miletus and Carmine Del Grosso they are among the best in the sector in Italy.

“Comedy aimed at a mature audience, and not recommended for children under 16”. «The objective – explains Mario Raz – is to continue to propose these events in future exhibitions organized by the Municipality of Vigevano, if it deems it appropriate to involve us, both elsewhere, such as in the teahouse where it all began. Five years ago they were very fun evenings, with 20 people. Now there are 200 spectators, and only because there are no more. We believe that to fully enjoy the show you need to be an adult: fortunately we see people of all ages, even very mature. Stand-up is establishing itself here too».


Francesco Miletus, born in Calabria in 1993, began performing in 2016 in Milan. Recently he is working as an author at the Press Conference on RaiPlay. Usually these presentations end with a joke, but this one, as you will understand in a few seconds, no.

Carmine Del Grosso, Benevento. He is still uncensored. Comedian, author and radio announcer. His mother decides to name him after a character from Gomorrah, but his life is in stark contrast to his name. Precise, punctual, a good person who always says hello. From 2013 to 2015 he won several national comedy awards.

Daniel Gattano was born and escaped from Verbania, beautiful but will not live there. He made his debut as a comedian at “Colorado” (Italia1). Despite his drift as a comedian, he got off to a good start by attending serious theater schools (Stabile in Genoa and Galante Garrone in Bologna) but Peter Stein never noticed him. He hopes to win a Telegatto and to be interviewed by Lilli Gruber. If he lives he will see. His is “satire on homosexuals made by a homosexual”.

Laura Formenti she is one of the few female stand-up comedians in Italy. After a period in Zelig and Colorado, Laura divides herself between live shows in clubs all over Italy and Comedy Central TV programs without forgetting social media where she posts her sketches of her. The topics of her show “Per Puro Caos” (written in collaboration with Giuseppe Della Misericordia) are different: from sex seen by women to the family, from school education to gender differences. «You may have also seen me in some TV shows such as Colorado, Stand Up Comedy, Natural Born Comedian or Afternoon 5, but my favorite has always been the live show».

Merry Comedy” of 6 January is part, as the last appointment, of the review set up by the Municipality of Vigevano “Christmas under the tower 2022”. The show is organized by the Greenwood cultural association. Free admission, reservations required on 370.7040209.


A playroom to wait for the Epiphany. The mall The Ducal becomes the epicenter of the Vigevano Epiphany thanks to the Angels Colored, in collaboration with Dolce Positivo (which has opened its second store in the city at the Ducale together with the one in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II) and with the Volunteer Coordination led by Rossella Buratti, fundamental in organizing the event.

The Colored Angels are waiting for all the children tomorrow, Friday 6 January give her 10 to 19 with «surprises for all and distribution of games». «A fixed location near Dolce Positivo, on the first floor of the shopping center – explains Daniela Perriccioli, president of the Angeli Colorati – will be fenced off like a toy library, and our volunteers will let children of all ages play with drawings, colours, classic games and fast like Forza 4. Depending on the turnout, the Befana will come out several times during the day, and the three Magi will arrive on purpose to deliver games to everyone present. Everything is free.” A “game model” afternoon, without workshops, without commitment. Open all day but lunch break for Befana and King Magi from 12 to 15: the children who want to meet them will therefore have to show up either in the morning or in the afternoon. Gli Angeli Colorati, founded in May 2012 with the primary aim of providing smile therapy in hospitals and rest homes, in order to bring comfort and a pinch of serenity to patients of all ages and to communicate an approach to life based on joy, cheerfulness, solidarity, brotherhood, optimism, integration.


«Why not prolong the harmony and magical atmosphere of Christmas?». This is what the Mastersingers of Vigevano are asking, who have decided to end the holiday season in style with the “Festa di gloria” concert. it will be tomorrow, Friday 6 January at 4.30 pm in the Auditorium of San Dionigi in Vigevano. Admission is free. It is not necessary to book: you can enter until exhaustion of the 99 available places.

The repertoire includes famous pieces of sacred, secular and Christmas music interpreted by the members of the choir. In addition, songs from famous operettas to sing all together. The soprano Rosiris Gibertoni, the mezzo-soprano Chiara La Porta and two instrumentalists will also take the stage: Floriana Currieri on the oboe and the pianist Silvia Bellani. Maestro Andrea Guarino conducts. Vivaldi’s sacred repertoire, Marco Frisina’s “Magnificat”, Handel’s “Hallelujah”. «And then – anticipates Adriana Gugliormella, president of the Mastersingers – Christmas music: “Gaudete”, “Candlelight carol”, “Adeste fideles”, “Minuit Chretiens”, “Jingle bell rock”, “Feliz Navidad”, “Quanno nascette ninno ”, “A thousand cherubs in chorus”, “Los Reyes magos”».


The Befana arrives at the Mulino di Mora Bassa, but a day early: in fact, it will be today, Thursday 5 January, from 3pm to 6.30pm. Children can spend together an afternoon between fairy tales and laboratories (a contribution of €5 is required) and wait for the arrival of the Epiphany. In addition to visiting the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition, the Mora Bassa mill has a multipurpose room, ideal for various events such as… meeting the Befana and dedicating yourself to themed workshops.

And if you want the Befana to wear stockings for your child during the event, you can buy it and leave it at one of the following points: Dolce Positivo in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Il Ducale Shopping Center (floor 0), or again at Sweet Party in corso Milano 92. Reservations are welcome for participation at the following numbers: 351.6418400 (Elvira) and 393.9675801 (Sabina).


«Meeting in Piazza Repubblica duly dressed as witches». This is the discriminant of the Walk of the Befane, now in its eleventh edition in Mede. It will be tomorrow, January 6, from 10 thanks to the organization of the Amisani Cultural Center.

The first stop around the town will touch the retirement home, for the best wishes to the guests. At 11.30, in the square, there will be dancing thanks to Spazio Danza, while the Alpini will offer chocolate and mulled wine. Anyone who participates will receive a free gift. This event, with a goliardic tone, is paired with the Corsa dei Santa Claus also organized in Mede close to 25 December. At the same time, for the third year, the “La Befana più Befana” competition dedicated to Emilio Epis, for years the soul of the Pro Loco, was announced. All participants will have a photo taken, which will then be posted on the Amisani Facebook page. By January 15, the one with the most likes will win.


Tomorrow, January 6, we meet at around 8 in the morning, to leave already at 9. This is the “Befana on motorbike”. One of the most curious appointments in the area is the one organized by the Moto Club of Have fat. Moreover, it is a historic event (the edition will be number 24) and awaited by many. Three hours in the saddle, starting from Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Abbiategrasso with an entry fee of 5 euros. The itinerary includes a passage through the Alpini park in via 1 Maggio, the Bersaglieri park in via Carlo Maria Maggi, the Anffas headquarters in strada Cassinetta and piazza Castello, before returning to the base in piazza Vittorio Veneto. A circular route that should end around noon. This year (and it’s a great comeback) the La Cappelletta group will propose polenta and mulled wine. The proceeds will be entirely donated to the Anffas of Abbiategrasso. Throughout the journey, motorcyclists will be assisted by the local police. Each participant will receive a free gadget. «For the ladies – they clarify from the Moto Club – a nice clothing would be appreciated… from Befana. And maybe, it would be nice to see some nice Santa Claus too…». There will also be a souvenir bottle of the “Befana in motion 2023”.

Epiphany: all appointments waiting for the Befana