Events in Tuscany 2020

Events in Tuscany 2020

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.


Feast of Stagion Bona - 25 April
The festival commemorates a popular uprising of the sixteenth century with a parade of costumed characters. Many stands from which you can taste delicious dishes of Chianti.

FLORENCE Explosion of the cart - Easter Sunday morning April 12th, 2020
The wagon is transported by white oxen from Piazzale di Porta al Prato to the Duomo, is then combined with the wire that connects the tank to the main altar of the cathedral. Along this wire is installed a dove bearing an olive branch in its beak: this dove must slide along the wire towards the wagon with a burning fuse to ignite. If everything goes smoothly, this is a promise of a good year for Florence.

Feast of the patron San Lucchese with fireworks - April 28
San Lucchese  met with St. Francis of Assisi and he decided to live in his own way. S became blessed, and now his body rests in the basilica which  took his name  and for his feast day he is carried in procession. Stands with typical products. 


Maggio Musicale Fiorentino [Musical May in Florence]

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.

Balestro del Girifalco - 4th Sunday in May
Medieval Festival in honour of Saint Bernardino. Historical crossbow competition with parade in costume.

Chianti Festival - From 30th May to 7th 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.


Ferie delle Messi - 19th, 20th, 21st June
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".

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.

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.

Giostra del Saracino - 3rd Saturday in June
Ancient game on horseback, with an impressive historical procession.

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.

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino [Musical May in Florence]

Sagra della Miseria - From 2nd Saturday to 3rd Sunday in June
Gastonomic Festival discovering the most typical and savoury plates of this area.


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.

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.

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

Palio - 2nd Sunday in July
Ancient horse race with parade

International festival of music and art - July and August

Mercantia street Festival - All 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.

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.


Classical music concerts and operas
The Accademia dei Leggieri, ancient theatrical association founded in the 16th century, organizes classical music concerts all summer long.

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

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.

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.

Balestra del Girifalco - Second Sunday in August
Medieval Festival. Historical crossbow competition with parade in costume

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


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.

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 with perfumes and colours of its typical products.

Giostra del Saracino - 1st Sunday in September
Ancient game on horseback, with an historical procession.

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.

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.

Porcino Mushroom's festival - 2nd and 3rd week end of September


Chestnut and Truffle Festival - Last weekend in October
Gastronomic Festival with typical products

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.

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

Boccaccesca - 2nd week in October
Gastonomic Festival in the village of Giovanni Boccaccio.

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

The Grape-picking festival - 1st week end of October


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
PISTOIA – Viale Pacinotti: 2nd weekend every month
FIRENZE - Fortezza Antiquaria - 3rd Weekend every month, Fortezza da Basso


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