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The Bella or Ciliegia di Garbagna in Piedmont is in the Ark of Taste.

Other varieties include

ciligia duracina di Tarcento *or tarcentina, tarcinka, tarcentuka: a smallish,juicy dark red cherry grown on the plain of Friuli, where cherries are called cjarsis.

Also see amarena.

In May and June numerous towns across Italy host a Sagra or Festa delle Ciliegie, generally on weekends from late May to mid June, including:

Abbiategrasso (Lombardy)

Cazzano di Tramigna (Veneto)

Forchia (Campania)

Frazione Chiesa, Sant'Olcese (Liguria)

Frazione Sant'Angelo, Viterbo (Lazio)

Frazione Schizzola, Borgo Priolo (Lombardy)

Garbagna (Piedmont)

Lari (Tuscany)

Leverano (Puglia)

Marostica (Veneto)

Palombara Sabina (Lazio)

Pietracuta, San Leo (Emilia-Romagna)

Sant’Angelo Romano (Lazio)

Turi (Puglia)

Vignola (nothing less than the Festa Nazionale della Ciliegia (Emilia-Romagna)

Villacidro (Sardinia)

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: longos