From Saturday, February the 13th till Wednesday, March the 2nd, 2016 included

Finally ! We now know the theme of the 83rd Fête du Citron® holiday, and that's saying that the surprise was well guarded. The secret of Menton flagship event which will be held from 13 February to 2 March is let out. Everybody goes to Cinecittà!

fete du citron

After three years devoted to Jules Verne  'Around the World in 80 Days' with lemon Tribulations in China passing by Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the festival closes the fantasy book. But nothing extraordinary because the choice of subject in 2016 fell on Cinecittà. The dream and nostalgia of the Italian cinema of the 50s and 60s, this "golden age" marked by Visconti, Fellini and Sergio Leone great talent inspired several generations of movie fans and continues inspiring and fascinating them today. Like Visconti who upgraded cinema art through his sometimes uncompromising vision of the world, Italian cinema at that time was able to produce cult revolutionary  films. Cinema show succeeded street cinema which at the end of the Second World War finished the long history of Roman studios to transform them into "European Hollywood".

The program

This "Italian journey" begins on the eve of Valentine's Day in Biovès Gardens and it will continue throughout the festival, offering a wide promenade between the transalpine masterpieces.

Their citrus motifs will be inspired by such dramatic films as Amarcord, comedies, epic films like Cleopatra, or even westerns. At night, these places will be magically enlighted by Jardins de lumières (on February the 16, 19, 23 and 26 at 20.30) which will provide to the visitors the intimate and cozy atmosphere of neighborhood cinemas. Under the lights and through acting, citrus decorations will come to life and will light up in the accompaniment of Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota soundtracks. It will be a fantastic walk in the moonlight !

But Fête du Citron® holiday will be nothing without golden fruit parade (on February 14, 21 and 28 at 14.30)?

Thanks to it, the event has become one of the most popular in French Riviera! Spectators will be able to enjoy marching bands and acrobats, who will do their tricks between citrus tanks. This event consisting of 2 nighttime parades on February the 18 and 25, followed by fireworks show, will become a a delightful interlude. 

Make the reservation now !

Important information

  • 240,000 viewers approximately each year.
  • Three weeks of celebration and entertainment, crafts exhibition and orchid festival
  • Up to 145 tonnes of citrus fruit used.

International Orchid Festival and Crafts Exhibition will accompany Fête du Citron® holiday in European Palace of Menton!

Go to official event site