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There is one big annual event for which Spoleto is known worldwide. That event is the Spoleto Festival, a three-week-long summer festival which is comprised of a mixture of dance, music, and theatre performances and which is supplemented with food vendors, street performers and other activities taking place all throughout the town. The event was first created in the middle of the twentieth century. Interestingly, it is modeled after an American event of a similar name which takes place each year in South Carolina . (In fact, because of conflicts over the use of the name, the Spoleto version of the festival is sometimes known alternatively as the Festival dei Due Mondi or Festival of Two Worlds.) The festival consists of both indoor and outdoor events so even if there are rare summer rains in the area ( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g19...), travelers can enjoy the festivities. More information is available at www.spoletofestival.it.Although the Spoleto Festival is the big event of the year, there are other events taking place in the area during different times. The Spoletoestate is another music and theatre performance event which takes place at the end of the summer season. A more specialized music festival, the Piano Festival, takes place in the spring. For more details about these and other events in the area, see http://www.holidaycityflash.com/italy... .