La Festa Italiana!

Sat., Oct. 10, 2020

As part of our year-long celebration, La Festa Italiana, the annual Preservation Tour will recount the experiences of Hershey’s Italian families and revisit memorable businesses, landmarks, and features that represent their deep roots in the community.

Italian immigrants endured hard labor in local stone quarries when they came to the area in search of prosperity. Their opportunities for success changed dramatically as the growing chocolate empire of Milton S. Hershey and the town of Hershey began to take shape. As a result, many Italian families conceived of business opportunities and developed our community’s most vibrant and enduring cultural traditions.

Due to the postponement of our annual Gala, this year’s event will be expanded to include activities celebrating La Festa Italiana, in addition to the trolley tour.

Enjoy live Italian music, an Italian dessert and wine buffet, food offerings, and special exhibits, accompanied by culinary and cultural presentations.

Go virtual! If you prefer to “go virtual” and enjoy the Tour program from the comforts of your home, virtual tour options and food packages are available.

Click here to purchase your Preservation Tour tickets and review package options! Be sure to check back frequently to review new opportunities and Italian meal packages available for October 10th!


  • All tour departures and events will take place at the Hershey History Museum, 40 Northeast Drive, Hershey, PA 17033.
  • Because your health and wellbeing is vitally important to us, we will be strictly adhering to all social distancing and safety recommendations from the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health, as well as other Commonwealth mandates to ensure everyone has a positive experience and is protected.
  • In the event of cancellation due to more extensive Commonwealth COVID-19 mandates, all Tour programming will be held virtually.