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Events in Tuscany 2014

Events in Tuscany 2014

To discover Tuscany  during your holidays check the events!

There are plenty of Traditional Festivals, Gastronomic Festivals, Fairs and Markets, Exhibitions and Concerts.

Every place is at easy distance, we will be pleased to help you to find the location with suggestions, directions, maps, etc.

   APRIL:   

GREVE IN CHIANTI [Firenze]
Festa della Stagione Bona [Celebration of good season]25th April
Beginning of the good season. There's a procession in renaissance costumes, a mediaeval market and gastronomic stands with typical products of Chianti.

FIRENZE
Scoppio del carro [Bursting of the cart] - Sunday morning, Easter April 20th
Festival with ancient origins.The cart is drawn by white oxen from Piazzale Porta al Prato to the cathedral. Once it is positioned in front of the church, a metal wire is connected, through the open doors, to the main alter. A replica of a dove with an olive branch in its beak and a lit fuse, is released from the alter and it slides along the wire to ignite the fireworks on the cart. According to tradition, if the lighting of the cart comes off well, a good year is predicted for the city of Florence.

POGGIBONSI [Siena]
Festa del patrono San Lucchese with fireworks [Festival of the Patron] 28th April
Saint Lucchese met Saint Francesco of Assisi and decided to live his life in the same way. So he became a holy man. Now his body rests on the Basilica of San Lucchese and for the day of his celebration the body is brought in procession. Stands with typical products, fireworks in the evening.

   MAY:   

FIRENZE
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino [Musical May in Florence]
» www.maggiofiorentino.com

TOSCANA
Cantine Aperte [Open cellars] Last Sunday in May
Wine producers open their cellars to the public. It is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the wines proposed, and also to sample typical traditional products and dishes.

MASSA MARITTIMA [Grosseto]
Balestro del Girifalco4th Sunday in May
Medieval Festival in honour of Saint Bernardino. Historical crossbow competition with parade in costume.

MONTESPERTOLI [Firenze]
Chianti Festival - From 25th May to 2nd June
Tasting and sale of Chianti D.O.C.G. - Conferences and meetings -Gastronomic pavilions-Artistic exhibitions-Philatelic exhibition "Wine and Vineyard"-Folkloric spectacles-Sports manifestations.

   JUNE:   

SAN GIMIGNANO [Siena]
Ferie delle MessiJune 13th, 14th, 15th
Historical re-evocation in the streets and squares of the town, with medieval stands, parades in costume and a knightly tournament called "Giostra dei Bastoni".

PISA
Festa di San Ranieri, Santo patrono di Pisa, Luminaria [Luminaria of S.Ranieri, Patron] - 16th-17th June
Lights Festival on the streets running along the river Arno.

PISA
Gioco del Ponte - Last Sunday in June
Historically event which consists of two distinct parts: the historical procession along the Arno river which is a huge military parade, and the battle, that takes place on the Ponte di Mezzo.

AREZZO
Giostra del Saracino3rd Saturday in June
Ancient game on horseback, with an impressive historical procession.

FIRENZE -
Festa di San Giovanni, Calcio storico in Costume [San Giovanni Feast, Medieval Football Matches & Fireworks]24th June
Florence celebrates this day with the lively medieval football matches played on Piazza di Sante Croce, ending with a fireworks display over Piazzale Michelangelo.

FIRENZE
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino [Musical May in Florence]
» www.maggiofiorentino.com

COLLE VAL D’ELSA [Siena] -
Sagra della MiseriaFrom 2nd Saturday to 3rd Sunday in June
Gastonomic Festival discovering the most typical and savoury plates of this area.

   JULY:   

SIENA
Palio - 2nd July - Proceeded by trial races the two days before.
Since 1147 historical secular horse race held in Piazza del Campo, connected with districts or contradas into which the town is divided.

MONTERIGGIONI [Siena]
Festa Medievale [Medieval Festival]1st and 2nd week-end in July
Representation within the walls of scenes from medieval life. Stalls inspired by medieval crafts; musicians and figurants in costume move through the streets of the village.

LUCCA
Festa di San Paolino [S.Paolino Festival]12th July
Torchlight parade and crossbow competition.

CASOLE D’ELSA [Siena]
Palio2nd Sunday in July
Ancient horse race with parade

SAN GIMIGNANO [Siena]
International festival of music and art - July and August

CERTALDO ALTO [Firenze]
Mercantia street FestivalAll days in the 3rd week of July
The streets and the squares of the medieval town animate with artists, musicians, acrobats, artisans who practise their crafts producing works of art with iron, copper, ceramics, wood, and glass.

PISTOIA
Giostra dell’Orso [Bear Joust]July 25th
Held in the Patron day. It is a re-evocation of the ancient "palio race".

VINCI [Firenze]
Volo di Cecco Santi [Vinci Fair]Last Sunday in July.
Fair with historic processions in costume, tournaments, exposition of local crafts and, of course, gastronomic stands.

   AUGUST:   

SAN GIMIGNANO [Siena]
Classical music concerts and operas
The “Accademia dei Leggieri”, ancient theatrical association founded in the 16th century, organizes classical music concerts all summer long.

SAN GIMIGNANO [Siena]
Festival of thanksgiving from the people of San Gimignano to the city's patron saint - Santa Fina
Religious festival -1st sunday of August
Fair -1st Monday of August
Festival of Saint Augustine
Liturgical Services in the Church of Sant’Agostino - August 28th
Saint Augustine's Fair with stalls and stands - August 29th

SIENA
Palio - August 16th
in honour of the “Madonna dell’Assunta”, proceeded by trial races the two days before. Since 1147 historical secular horse race held in Piazza del Campo, connected with districts or contradas into which the town is divided.

TORRE DEL LAGO PUCCINI [Lucca]
Puccini Festival - July-August
Outdoor opera festival. Famous Festival of lyric music since 1930 following the Giacomo Puccini ‘s wishes.

CORTONA [Arezzo]
Sagra della Bistecca [Steak Festival]August 15
In a giant barbecue, steaks "alla fiorentina", rigorously of “chianina” meat race, are cooked as it wants the ancient Tuscan tradition. Stands with typical Tuscan products.

MASSA MARITTIMA [Grosseto]
Balestra del GirifalcoSecond Sunday in August
Medieval Festival. Historical crossbow competition with parade in costume

MONTEPULCIANO [Siena]
Bravio delle Botti [The race of the casks]Last Sunday in August
It has its origins in the 14th century. Competition in medieval costumes.

   SEPTEMBER:   

COLLE VAL D’ELSA [Siena]
Mostra del Cristallo [Crystal glass festival] - Last 15 days in September.
The old part of the village “Castello” becomes a factory in open air with expert craftsmen attempting to the working of the crystal. Shops expose and sell crystal objects.

FIRENZE
Festa della Rificolona - 7th September
Festivity of the florentine tradition with performers of all kind, especially dedicated to children.

PIENZA [Siena]
Fiera del cacio pecorino [Festival of pecorino cheese]1st Sunday in September
The capital of pecorino cheese “dresses” with perfumes and colours of its typical products.

AREZZO
Giostra del Saracino1st Sunday in September
Ancient game on horseback, with an historical procession.

GREVE IN CHIANTI [Firenze]
Market of Wine Chianti Classico - 2nd week in September
It takes place in the beautiful public square of Greve. Typical wine and products of this famous wine area.

VOLTERRA [Pisa]
Astiludio - 1st Sunday in September
ASTILUDIUM derives from the Medieval Latin hasta (flag) and ludus (game, festivities). The modern name ASTILUDIO is used today to denote a performance in which the ancient traditions of flag games are reenacted for the enjoyment of Volterrans and visitors alike.

PIEVESCOLA [Siena]
Porcino Mushroom's festival - 2nd and 3rd week end of September

   OCTOBER:   

MONTAIONE [Firenze]
Chestnut and Truffle FestivalLast weekend in October
Gastronomic Festival with typical products

MONTALCINO [Siena]
Sagra del Tordo [Festival of the thrush]Last Sunday in October
The festival recalls the hunting that it is carried out with the arc. Plates made up of game and local wine; dances and songs in traditional costume.

MONTIERI [Siena]
Sagra della Castagna [Chestnut Festival] 2nd week-end in October

CERTALDO ALTO [Firenze]
Boccaccesca - 2nd week in October
Gastonomic Festival in the village of Giovanni Boccaccio.

MONTERIGGIONI [Siena]
Festa d'autunno- Autumn festival - 1st Saturday and 1st Sunday in October
Festival in honour of the grape picking.

MENSANO [Siena]
The Grape-picking festival - 1st week end of October

   ANTIQUE MARKETS:   

AREZZO - Piazza S. Francesco: 1st weekend every month
LUCCA - Via del Battistero: 3rd weekend every month
FIESOLE - Giardini pubblici di S. Francesco: 2nd Sunday every month
SIENA - Piazza del Mercato: 3rd Sunday every month
FIRENZE - Piazza dei Ciompi:Last Sunday every month
GREVE IN CHIANTI - Piazza Giacomo Matteotti: Monday Easter
MONTEPULCIANO - Piazza Grande: 2nd weekend every month
PISTOIAViale Pacinotti: 2nd weekend every month
FIRENZE - Fortezza Antiquaria - 3rd Weekend every month, Fortezza da Basso

   WEEKLY STREET MARKETS:   

Monday: San Casciano Val di Pesa
Tuesday : Poggibonsi, Peccioli, Firenze
Wednesday: Siena, Certaldo
Thursday: San Gimignano
Friday: Colle Val D’Elsa, Pienza
Saturday: Greve in Chianti, Volterra


 
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