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Chianti Festival
This is an excellent musical festival which takes place in the various Chianti towns. For the program click here.  If you would like to go to some concerts yet can't access the link to the program please contact us and we can let you know what events are happening where.
Location: various Chianti towns

2 July
Il Palio

The world famous horse race of Siena. This is an event not to be missed. If you are planning to watch it from the square, where entrance is free, make sure you bring lots to drink as it gets extremely hot and there are lots of people which causes it to be even hotter. For full information on the Palio click here.
Location: Siena

3 July
Calcio Storico
(historic soccer)
This is a brutal traditional game of Florence. The 4 teams play to win a 'Palio' and a white heifer. Each team represents a zone of the city. This is a no rules game and everything is allowed, there is a large feast in the winning part of the city after the game. This is the final game and begins at 17.00 in Piazza Santa Croce. For more information click here.
Location: Florence

(From Thursday to Sunday of the first week of July)
Sagra degli strozzapreti

Typical cuisine of the Maremma area of Tuscany accompanied by music, dance and exhibitions. There is also a small amusement park for children.
Location: Roccastrada (Grosseto)

Monteriggioni medieval festival
This is a beautiful festival to see, there are not only various stalls where you can get something to eat and wine to drink but there are also several replays of how the people lived in the medieval days. Every day there is also several special events which range from concerts to a falcon demonstration.
There is an entry fee to the festival. Click here for the website which is only in Italian.
Location: Monteriggioni

Umbria Jazz
This a world famous Jazz festival that lasts for 10 days. The streets of the old centre of Perugia are filled with musicians and street artists from morning to late night. In the evenings there are concerts that often host some of the biggest Jazz names.
This is an event that is not to be missed. It is best to go late week and the weekend as this is when the best concerts are on. During this period Perugia is alive with the music and people, the atmosphere is something that you never forget.
Click here for their website
Location: Perugia

Settimana musicale senese
Classical muscial week for a program of the various events some with international artists contact accademia.chigiana@chigiana.it or visit www.chigiana.it
Location: Siena

Arezzo Wave
This event takes place at the stadium of Arezzo, which is filled with music, stalls selling all sorts of items and food stalls. This is a festival for young people as it is basically a concert with various stalls around. It is not a traditional event but an event to which many young locals go in order to pass an evening.
For more information: http://www.arezzowave.com/
Location: Arezzo stadium

Pistoia Blues
A blues festival in the streets and clubs of Pistoia.On one of the nights Ike Turner and his band will perform. For full information click here to visit the official website.
Location: Pistoia  

Puccini festival
An opera festival in honor of Giacomo Puccini. Ideal to combine with a visit to the beautiful city of Lucca. For more information, including the program and ticket information visit the site www.puccinifestival.it
Location: Lucca

Lucca Summer festival
Throughout July there is a selection of concerts that take place in Piazza Napoleone inside the city walls. Lucca has a selection of car parks, some are free and some paid. The town council operates a shuttle bus service from the car parks outside the walls into the centre. For more information and tickets visit the website www.summer-festival.com
Location: Lucca

(Several weekends of July)
Treno Natura

Enjoy an interesting train ride in a vintage train around Tuscany with stops in several Tuscan towns. This is an ideal way to view the spectacular landscape of Tuscany. Tickets must be booked in advance. For more info see www.ferrovieturistiche.it
Location: Departing from Siena Station

First Sunday of July
Festa tra le mure

A sagra with stalla of various objects
Location: Radicondoli (near Siena) 

Wednesdays and Fridays of July
Sere d'Estate
Summer evenings with shops open after hours, street stalls of handmade products and local produce.
Location: Fucecchio (near Florence) 

First Sunday of July
Sagra del Cinghiale
A sagra of wild boar
Location: Cantagallo (near Prato)

(First Sunday of July)
Antichi mestieri
Old trades.
Location: Marina di Grosseto

(First Sunday of July)
Festa in Piazza

Evening street market with fireworks at midnight.
Location: Piombino

(Second and third weekend of July)
Sagra della trippa

A sagra based on the traditional travellers dish of tripe.
Location: Buti (Near Pisa)

(Second weekend of July)
Aspettando la battaglia

A reinaction of the events before the historical battle of Cascina between Pisa and Florence in 1364
Location: Cascina

(Second Sunday of July)
Mercatino dell'antiquariato

Antique and used items fair and market.
Location: Altopascio (near Lucca)

(Second Sunday of July)
Sagrafoglia Tonda

Venison and typical mountain products.
Location: Cantagallo (near Prato)

(Third Saturday and Sunday of July)
Maremma Antiquaria

Antiques market which also has come collectionist items
Location: Marina di Grosseto 

(Third Saturday and Sunday of July)
Mercato dell'antiquariato

Antiques market .
Location: Lucca

(Third Sunday of July)
Festa della Batitura

A festival dedicated to the traditions of the chiantigiana agriculture with a market of various produce and handmade products.
Location: Tavarnelle val di Pesa 

(Third and Fourth weekend of July)
Sagra della patata

A sagra based on potatoes
Location: Roccastrada

(Fourth Sunday of July)
Sagra della bistecca

A sagra based on the fiorentine steak
Location: Levane, Montevarchi 

(The last week of July)
Sagra del pesce

A sagra based on fish
Location: Piombino

(Third weekend of July)
Feast of the Swifts

In the locality of La Villa near Radda in Chianti, a small fair with food stalls, artisan market, children's games and music.
Location: La Villa, Radda in Chianti

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