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Local Events & Festivals In Tuscany

Don’t miss out on the chance to experience some of the festivals and wonderful local events that Tuscany has to offer. Tuscany is home to many historic towns and charismatic cities, both of which hold exciting and fascinating events throughout the year.

Attending a local festival or event will give you a true feel for the real Tuscany and enable you to immerse yourself in the local culture. You will learn more about the history and culture of this artistic and visually stunning region.

Tuscany hosts a wide variety of different events to suit every taste. Attend events such as local markets, food and wine festivals, theatre shows, carnivals, live music concerts and colourful parades.

We have put together a selection of some of the best events in Tuscany that are a stone's throw away from our luxurious private villas. Browse through the events below or check the Italian tourist board for more information.

Local Events & Festivals In Tuscany

Event descriptions

A Sagra is a village festival which is basically an open air restaurant. There is generally music and depending on the village there may be also a few stalls with products made by the villagers. The food is good and cheap,it is a very country atmosphere and you will be surrounded by loud Italians. Every sagra is for a specific type of food. There will be starters, first courses and second courses all made with the specific item. There are also desserts and wine and water. When you arrive at the sagra (you will find it easily from all the cars that are parked in the area of the village where the festival is held) you must order what you want from a little booth where you will need your elbows and Italian dictionary (the menus are only in Italian). After you have paid you will be given a form with what you ordered. Find a place to sit and give the form to one of the waiters who will then bring you your food.

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Villaggio della Birra

Tuscany isn't known for beer, however there is an ever increasing microbrewing community to the extent that a yearly beer festival is held in Bibbiano, near Buonconvento in the province of Siena. It's only about a 30 minute drive from Siena. The event provides something for everyone, including various beer masters, beer tasting with the possibility to buy the products, a choice of food stalls, live music and open spaces for the little ones to play in. A wide range of beer producers are invited annually. They come not only from Italy but also other European countries and the USA, enabling visitors to taste an interesting selection of beers.

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January

First Sunday after January 17th Traditional horse race that starts at 14.30 Location: Buti (Pisa) http://www.paliodibuti.org/

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February

Carnival The last 4 days before the end of the carnival period The centre of San Gimignano changes into a vibrante festival with games and stalls of all kinds. At the end of the day there is a parade through the centre of the hand made floats. Location: San Gimignano Carnevale a San Gimignano A parade of carneval floats through this medieval town finishing in the main square. This is a popular carneval to visit. The parade takes place at 15.30 Location: San Gimignano Second Sunday of February Fiera Antiquariato A antiques market Location: Montepulciano Third Sunday Fiera di piante e fiori Plant and flower fair Location: Pietrasanta The three Sundays before Ash Wednesday Fiera di Carnevale Carnival fair Location: Montepulciano Carnevale a Montepulciano A parade of carnival floats through this medieval town finishing in the main square. Location: Montepulciano Third Sunday Mercato dell'Antiquariato (Antiques market) Location: Lucca

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March

Carnival Sunday and Fat Tuesday Carnevale Bientinese Canival parade Location: Bientina (Pisa) The first Sunday of every month Fiera Antiquaria A large and interesting antiques fair in the city center Location: Arezzo The first Saturday of every month Mercatino di Via Montebuoni A small local market with handmade items. Location: Tavernuzze, Impruneta The first Sunday of every month Fiera Antiquaria An antiques fair around the cathederal Location: Pietrasanta 8 March Fiera della festa della donna A fair in honour of the women's day Location: Pisa The second Sunday and following Saturday of every month Fiera arti e antiquariato An art and antiques market Location: Montepulciano (Siena) The second Sunday of every month, excluding August Mercatino dell'antiquariato. A small market of antiques, handmade items and used objects. Location: Altopascio (Lucca) The Sunday before the 19 March Fiera di San Giuseppe A spring fair and sagra with the typical sweet rice dumplings in honour of San Giuseppe Location: Chiesanuova, Chiesina Uzzanese (Pistoia) The second Sunday of March Festa profumi di primavera A spring festival with local produce. Location: Forcoli, Palaia (Pisa) Sunday after the San Giuseppe festival Palio dei Somari A traditional event. It is a race with donkeys accompanied by flag bearers and drummers. The race will be held at 16.00. If there is rain it will be postponed to the following Sunday. Location: Torrita di Siena Palm Sunday Fiera delle Palme Palm Sunday festival Location: Castelnuovo Berardenga (Siena)

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April

The first Sunday of every month Fiera Antiquaria A large and interesting antiques fair in the city center Location: Arezzo The first Saturday of every month Mercatino di Via Montebuoni A small local market with handmade items. Location: Tavernuzze, Impruneta The first Sunday of April Fiera del Cucu A local fair Location: Casola in Lunigiana (Massa-Carrara) The first Sunday of April Fasta del museo e della civiltà contadina A festival to rediscover the local traditions Location: Palaia (Pisa) The first Sunday of every month Fiera Antiquaria An antiques fair around the cathederal Location: PietrasantaThe first Sunday of every month Fiera Antiquaria An antiques fair around the cathederal Location: PietrasantaThe Saturday before Easter week and the Sunday after Easter Fiera di S.Michele di Pasqua Easter fair Location: Lucca The second Sunday of every month, excluding August Mercatino dell'antiquariato. A small market of antiques, handmade items and used objects. Location: Altopascio (Lucca) Palm Sunday Sagra delle frittelle Rice dumpling festival Location: Montespertoli (Florence) Good Friday Processione via Crucis An Easter procession which starts at the cathedral (Il Duomo) and ends at the Church of San Martino (Chiesa di San Martino). The participants of the procession are all in historic costumes. Location: Siena centre Good Friday Processione storica del venerdi santo An Easter procession, the participants of the procession are all in historic costumes. Location: Casole d'Elsa (Siena) Easter Saturday Easter eve mass This mass is held in the spectacular cathedral of Siena. It starts at 23.00. Make sure you bring some warm cloths as the cathedral can be quite cold, especially if you are sitting still. Location: Siena cathedral (Il Duomo) Easter Sunday Easter Mass Held in the cathedral of Siena (Il Duomo). It starts at 11.00, bring some warm cloths as the cathedral will be cold even during the day, there is no heating inside. Location: Siena cathedral (Il Duomo) Third Saturday and Sunday of every month Maremma Antiquaria Antiques market Location: Marina di Grosseto (Grosseto) Easter Monday Sagra della lumaca A food festival Location: Cavriglia (Arezzo) Easter Monday Mercatino delle cose del pasato Festival with typical dumplings, sandwiches, wine and vin santo Location: Greve in Chianti Second to last Saturday of April to the first Sunday of May Sagra del Cinghiale Wild boar festival and sagra Location: Chiocchio, Greve in Chianti Last Sunday of April Fiera dei fiori e dei cocci Flowers, plants and terracotta festival Location: Torrita di Siena (Siena) April Music concerts For more information and tickets visit www.chigiana.it/concerti.htm Location: Siena Palio dei Somari  A traditional donkey race in the streets of this pretty village. It starts at 10.30 and continues on to 21.30 when the race occurs in the square. For more information visit http://www.paliodeisomari.it/ Location: Torrita di Siena

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May

Passione Maremma An event which promotes the local products of the Maremma area by stalls, shows (in Italian), concerts etc in the streets of the old town and various other locations in the city. For more information visit the website www.passionemaremma.it Location: Grosseto All May Maggio Musicale A series of classical concerts and ballet held in Florence. For more information visit their website Location: Florence All May Concerto Classico Sacred music, pieces from Italian Operas and songs from Naples. Held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 18.00. There is an entry fee. For more info http://www.concertoclassico.info Location: Chiesa Anglicana di St. Peter's - Via Garibaldi 32, Siena Several weekends during May Treno Natura (Nature Train) A steam train that takes you through the Tuscan countryside on different itineraries. To take this train you must book. For further information and bookings visit  www.ferrovieturistiche.it Location: Departs from Siena 1000 Miglia This is a famous gathering of vintage cars which originally raced for 1000 miles through Italy. The cars are driven by well-known drivers and other VIPs. They will be passing through Tuscany on the way back to Brescia. You can see them along the SS 2 road departing from  Siena about midday on Saturday passing the Chianti area. For accommodation near the race route Villa Sornano (12people) and Vecchio Fienile (2 to 6 people) For more information including dates visit www.1000miglia.eu (First Sunday of May) Greve e i fiori The main piazza of Greve in Chianti is filled with flowers Location: Greve in Chianti (First Sunday of May) Sagra del formaggio e baccelli Cheese and pod sagra, a local speciality during May. Location: Montevarchi (First Sunday of May) Fiera di Primavera Spring flower festival with stalls of various produce and flowers Location: Castel Focognano (near Arezzo) Giostra dell'Archidado This festival originated in 1367 as a celebration for the marriage of Francesco Casali Signore of Cortona and the nobile lady Antonia Salimbeni of Siena. The participants from each zone of the city compete with crossbows to win the verretta of gold. For more information and program visit www.cortonaweb.net/archidado/english.htm Location: Cortona (Second week of May) Festa del Giaggiolo A sagra dedicated to the tradition of the Iris, about it's cultivation and uses. Location: Greve in Chianti (First and second Sunday of May) Sagra della fragola Strawberry and other agricultural products fair. Location: Terriciola (near Pisa) (First Sunday of May) Mercatino dei prodotti dela val d'orcia A market of products from the Val d'Orcia valley. Location: Pienza (First 4 Sundays of May) Festa della Madonna Festival of toys and sweets typical of the Madonna of Valdibrana. Location: Valdibrana, Pistoia (Second and third Sunday of May) Festa in Collina A local country fair with various food stalls. Location: Murlo (Near Siena) (Second Saturday of May) Cantine in Festa The wine cellars of Cerreto Guidi are open for wine tastings Location: Cerretto Guidi (Florence) (Second Saturday and Sunday of May) Mercato artigianato e antiquariato Market of handmade and antique products. Location: Piombino (Second Sunday of May) Festa dei Limoni Lemon festival with exhibitions of courtyard lemon trees with cultural events. Location: Figline valdarno (Second Sunday of May) Fiera del Palio This festival opens the week of the Palio of the Contrade which occurs on the following Sunday. There is a market of antiques and handicrafts with a parade in historical costumes. Location: Fucecchio (Second Sunday of May) Sagre e mostre dell'affettatrici e delle bilance storiche A delicatessan festival where you can try locally produced cold meats and view the antique slicing machinery and weigh scales on display. Location: Greve in Chianti (Second and third Sunday of May) Sagre del prosciutto e dei baccelli A sagre of prosciutto and pods, which are a local speciality in the spring Location: Lari (near Pisa) (Third Sunday of May) Festa al Capannone In the morning a procession in honour of St. Macario. In the afternoon there is a horse race. Location: Torrita di Siena (near Siena) (Penultimate and last Sunday of May) Festa Chiesanuovese A traditional sagra of eel, with the historical event Palio di St Stefano. Location: Cascina (near Pisa) (Penultimate Sunday of May) Palio delle Contrade In the morning there is a parade in historical costumes. In the afternoon there is the horse race between the 12 contrade. Location: Fusecchio (Florence) (Last Sunday of May) Sagra delle fragole con panna A strawberry and cream sagra. Location: Reggello (near Florence) (Last Sunday of May) Sagra dei Pici A festival where you can taste local products including the pici pasta which are typical of the area. Location: S. Casciano dei Bagni (South of Siena) Cantine aperte (A feast of wines) The famous wine cellars of the province of Siena open their doors to the public for a day of wine tasting. You can not only taste but also buy some of the most well-known wines of the Chianti, San Gimignano, Montalcino and Montepulciano. On this day there will also be other events occuring such as a tour of vintage cars from Florence to Castello di Brolio and a cycling itinerary. You will also be able to taste various typical products at some of the farms in the region. For more info click here (only in Italian) (last Sunday of May) L'estrazione per il Palio del 2 Luglio In piazza del Campo the selection of the contradas that will race in the 2nd of July Palio takes place. The event occurs between 19:00 and 20:00. The 7 contradas who did not race the preceding year will definitely race. The last 3 places are selected out of the remaining 10 contradas by a draw. Location: Piazza del Campo - Siena

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June

(First weekend in June) Radda nel Bicchiere (Radda in a Glass) Wine tasting along the street through the town of Radda in Chianti. The town offers its wine tourists and ethnographers an opportunity to discover its wines. www.raddanelbicchiere.com Location: Radda in Chianti Pentecoste This is a festival completely dedicated to wine. The wine growers of Castellina will present their products which include wines, olive oils, cheeses and cold meats. You can buy a glass and then proceed to taste the various wines. On the 29th and 30th there are also small musical events and other small shows. Location: Castellina in Chianti (First Sunday of June) Sagra della Ranocchia (frog festival)  There are other things to eat here apart from frogs legs, so if you want to try frogs but are not too sure about it, you won't starve as you can always choose something else. Location: Castelnuovo Scalo (Near Siena) June Sagra della pastaciuta (Pasta festival) At this sagra there are many types of pasta with different sauces that you can try. A good idea would be to take a 'Tris' where you can choose 3 different types to try in one portion. Location: Volte basse (South of Siena) June Pienza in musica A choral concert held in the town of Pienza. It starts at 17.00 at the church of San Francesco. While in the town make sure to taste the sheeps cheese that the town is famous for. Location: Pienza (Several weekends of June) 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 weekend of June) Giostra cavalleresca A traditional joust in historical costume. Location: Figline valdarno (Florence) (First two weekends of June) Fest della ciliegia A cherry festival. Location: Carmignano (near Prato) (First Sunday of June) Regata storica A traditional boat race in historical costume. Location: Calcinaia (near Pisa) (First Sunday of June) Antichi mestieri Old trades. Location: Marina di Grosseto  (First Sunday of June) Fiera antiquariata Antiques fair. Location: Pietrasanta (near Lucca) (Second weekend of June) Sagra della pizza A sagra of various types of pizza. Location: Buti (near Pisa) (Second Sunday of June) Fiera arti e antiquariato Antiques market and fair. Location: Montepulciano (Second Sunday of June) Mercatino dell'antiquariato Antique and used items fair and market. Location: Altopascio (near Lucca) (Third Sunday of June) Stella e Mercanti Evening market of handicrafts with music and animation Location: Greve in Chianti  (Third Saturday of June) Fiera di Giugno Festival with gastrinomical products and local handicrafts. Location: Castelnuovo Berardenga  (Third Sunday of June) Trofeo Isabella de' Medici A competition with the balestra. Location: Cerreto Guidi (near Florence) (Fourth Sunday of June) Palio della rana A traditional frog race which includes a parade in historical costume. Location: Laterina (near Arezzo)  (Last weekend of June) Rappresentazione del Bruscello Il Bruscello, a traditional form of song and theater typical of the peasants and farm workers. Location: Castelnuovo berardenga  (From Thursday to Sunday of the last week of June) 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) 14 June - 15 September Leaning Tower of Pisa night-time opening For the summer the leaning tower of Pisa will be opened also during the evening from 20.30 to 23.00. Location: Pisa (Penultimate Saturday of June) La Giostra del Saracino(The Saracino Joust) The four doors of Arezzo divide the city centre into 4 parts. Each zone has its own colours and competes against the others in this traditional event that has its origins in 1200. The event lasts the whole day but the joust itself occurs at about 17.00. From 15.30 there is a parade of all the participants and their horses. For tickets contact: giostradelsaracino@comune.arezzo.it Location: Arezzo (third weekend of June) Giostra dei Bastoni The remaking of an historical event. It takes place in the streets of San Gimignano where there will also be stands with various items of medieval times. During the event there will be a historical procession and a tornamento held on horseback. There is an entrance fee. For more information contact prolocsg@tin.it Location: San Gimignano 24 June 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. The game begins at 17.00 in Piazza Santa Croce. For more information click here Location: Florence 26 June 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 second game and begins at 17.00 in Piazza Santa Croce. For more information click here Location: Florence (Last Sunday of June) Corrida del Maiale(pig race) Pigs are raced in the village streets for a prize. Location: Petroio, Trequanda 29 June The Palio preparations 9.30 Heats to select the horses that will run on the 2 July. 13.00 Horses are allocated to the contradas 19.30 The first trial run. for more information on the Palio click here Location: Piazza del Campo - Siena 30 June Palio preprarations 9.30 Second trial run 19.30 Third trial run Location: Piazza del Campo - Siena

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July

3rd 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. Location: Florence 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 (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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August

14 August The Palio preparations 9.30 Heats to select the horses that will run on the 16 August. 13.00 Horses are allocated to the contradas 19.30 The first trial run. for more information on the Palio click here Location: Piazza del Campo - Siena 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 Estate Musical Chigiana A classical concerts held in the Palazzo Pubblico, for more information email accademia.chigiana@chigiana.it or visit the website a www.chigiana.it Location: Siena Tuscan Sun Festival A music and arts festival that brings world-class musicians to Cortona, as well as presenting local delicacies, wines, art exhibits, literary and cooking events and wellness sessions For more info visit www.tuscansunfestival.com Location: Cortona 2 August Luminaria A procession of illuminated fishing boats in honour of the patron saint. Location: Porto Santo Stefano (First Sunday) Sagra dei crostini Crostini are toasted sliced bread with various toppings, typically they are eaten as a starter. This is a small sagra but the crostini are excellent and you choose from many different types. There are also first and second courses available but you can fill up easily on all the crostini available. At this sagra you help yourself and pay for what you take. Location: Ruffolo, Siena (first sunday) Festa del ringraziamento A festival where the people of San Gimignano celebrate and thank their patron saint after whom the town is named. There is a ceremony in the cathedral. Location: San Gimignano 13 August Tratta e prima prova del Palio di Siena The horses that will run in the Palio are assigned to the contradas in the morning and at 19.15 the first trial run takes place. Location: Piazza del Campo, Siena 10 August San Lorenzo A regata on special wooden boats between the young of port of Giglio Location: Isola del Giglio 10 August Balestro del Girifalco A historical crossbow tornament. Before the tornament starts there is a parade in historical costume. Location: Massa Marittima 14 August* Provaccia del giostra del Saracino The trial runs for the joust of Saracino, held in the Piazza Bargagli Location: Sarteano 15 August* Palio marinaro This traditional boat race is preceeded by a procession in costume. Location: Porto Santo Stefano 15 August* Palio marinaro A boat race recently introduced as a tourist attraction. Location: Castiglione della Pescaia 15 August* Palio preprarations 9.30 Second trial run 19.30 Third trial run Location: Piazza del Campo - Siena 16 August* 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 17 August* Procession of victory The contrada who wins the Palio parades through the city in celebration showing off the Palio which was won. There are drummers and flag bearers who accompany the Palio. Location: Siena (the week of the last Sunday) Bravio delle Botti The 8 contradas of Montepulciano compete rolling barrels through the main street of the city. During this week the contradas practice in the evenings. Location: Montepulciano Bravio delle Botti At 9.00 the starting order and the allocation of the barrels is done. At 15.00 there is a historical procession through the city.  At 19.30 the race takes place after which there is a dinner in all the contradas of the city. Location: Montepulciano Music Fest Perugia This classical music festival is held over two weeks in August, MusicFestPerugia produces classical concerts in the historical and sumptuous surroundings of Sala dei Notari, Basilica di San Pietro, the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo and the Caio Melisso. Performed by a combination of world famous professionals, and their most promising students, MusicFestPerugia aims to keep the classical repertoire vibrant and alive" website: www.musicfestperugia.net/ Location: Perugia (Last weekend) Feast of Forgiveness In the evenings in the town live music and dance, food stands and pizza, crafts market, with fireworks on the last evening. Location: Radda in Chianti

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September

(Several weekends of September) 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 weekend of September) Sagra della Pizza A pizza sagra Location: Collesalvetti (Livorno province) (first weekend of September) Sagra dei sapori antichi A sagra of old traditional Tuscan flavours. Location: Guardistallo (Pisa province) (first Sunday of September) Festa del Perdono Location: Montevarchi (Arezzo province) (for 10 days from the first Friday of September) Sagra della Zuppa di Pane A bread soup festival, this is a very typical soup of Tuscany and worth tasting. Location: Roccastrada (Grosseto province) (First Sunday of September) La Giostra del Saracino(The Saracino Joust) The four doors of Arezzo divide the city centre into 4 parts. Each zone has its own colours and competes against the others in this traditional event that has its origins in 1200. The event lasts the whole day but the joust itself occurs at about 17.00. From 15.30 there is a parade of all the participants and their horses. For tickets contact: giostradelsaracino@comune.arezzo.it Location: Arezzo (first Wednesday of September) Fiera merci varie a market of various goods. Location: Greve in Chianti (first Sunday of September) Fiera del settembre Rapolanese A september local village festival Location: Rapolano Terme (Siena province) (first Sunday of September) Fiera d'era A local festival of animals and other local products. Location: Mulino d'era  (Near Volterra) (second Friday in September) Rievocazione storica The little hamlet is transformed into how life was in the 1500s with various well know people from the De' Medici court during 1570. Location: Cerreto Guidi (Florence province) (The first Sunday of September) Sagra del dolce A dessert and sweets sagra Location: Montalcinello (Siena province) (Second Sunday of September) Sagra del panello con l'uva A local grape sagra Location: Neri (Near Cavriglia in Arezzo province) (Second Sunday of September) Palio dei ciuchi A local fair with a traditional donkey race and parade in historical costume. Location: Campagnatico (Grosetto province) (second sunday) Corsa delle ranocchie - Frog race  A festival where the participants have to run around the square pushing  a small cart with 3 frogs. If the frogs jump off the participant must stop, collect his frog and continue. The event is entertaining as the frogs do not always cooperate and hop into the crowds, with their owner trying to catch them. Location: Paganico (second Sunday in September) Sagra della bruschetta Bruschetta is toasted bread with various toppings, favorite ones are chopped tomatoes or olive oil and garlic. Location: Monti in Chianti (near Gaiole) (second week in September) Rassegna del Chianti Classico  A festival for the Chianti Classico. Friday from 17.00 - 22.00 and Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 - 22.00 Location: Greve in Chianti (second Sunday in September) Fiera internazionale degli uccelli An exhibition of birds and other domestic animals Location: Capannoli (Pisa province) (second Sunday in September) Palio dei Ciuchi A local festival with a donkey race and historical parade. Location: Greve in Chianti (Second and third weekends of September) Sagra della polenta e dei porcini A polenta and porcini mushroom sagra Location: Poggio alla Malva (Near Carmingnano in Pistoia province) (Third weekend of September) Panzano Wine Festival http://blog.to-tuscany.com/2014/11/panzano-in-chianti-wine-festival.html Location: Panzano (Second Sunday of September) Sagra della zuppa A sagra of the local bread soup Location: Fuccechio (Florence province) (Third Sunday of September) Maremma antiquaria A antiques and collectionist market Location: Marina di Grosseto (Third Sunday of September) Mercato dell'antiquariato An antiques market Location: Lucca (Third Sunday of September) Strada in fiera A local village street fair Location: Strada in Chianti (Third Sunday of September) Festa medioevale A medieval festival with typical and traditional local products Location:  Palaia (Pisa province) (The two weekends of the second half of September) Festa della vendemmia A grape harvest festival Location: San Casciano al di pesa  (Florence province) (Last Sunday of September) Fiera di Settembre A local village September festival Location: San Donato in poggio (Florence province) Feste dell'uva This is a wonderful festival in the pretty village of Vagliagli. There will be a parade and dancing, lots to eat and drink. It is an excellent typical village festival and we recommend that you see it. The website is www.festadelluvavagliagli.it, unfortunately it is all in Italian but there are many photos to give you an idea of the atmosphere at the festival. Location: Vagliagli

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October

Eurochocolate Never mind waiting until Christmas to immerse yourself in one of life's sweetest pleasures. Chocolate-lovers looking to satisfy their cravings can book a week-long trip with To Tuscany Villas to Perugia's Eurochocolate Festival in October. Perugia's Eurochocolate Festival is Europe's most famous festival of its kind and is set to fill the streets of Umbria's capital city mid October with a celebration of all things chocolaty. Featuring chocolate from all over Europe, visitors will be able to delight in free sample tastings, visit related exhibitions and demonstrations, sample some of the latest chocolate-based beauty treatments and even marvel at huge chocolate sculptures carved in the Piazza IV Novembre. Wandering through the medieval streets, they will find the main piazzas and streets are scattered with stalls selling chocolate in its pure form or blended into ice creams, cakes, pastries and even savoury dishes. For those looking to brush up on their culinary skills, there are chocolate cooking classes, while informative seminars will educate people in the nutritional and dietary benefits of the tasty treat. The chocolate festival is of course also the perfect excuse to visit the medieval city of Perugia, known as 'The Green Heart of Italy'. Special guided tours of the city, a wealth of architecture and surrounding countryside to explore and an abundance of chocolate will all make for a delicious week away. See the website http://www.eurochocolate.com/ Location: Perugia

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November

Treno natura A special steam train that goes from Siena to San Giovanni d'Asso. Allowing you to enjoy the truffle festival at San Giovanni. Tickets must be booked. For more information contact www.ferrovieturistiche.it Location: Departure from Siena station

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December

Mercatino di Natale - Christmas market A small Christmas market held in the town of Buonconvento. Often interesting just to browse. Location: Buonconvento Treno natura A special vintage train that goes from Siena to Torrenierri. This trip is organised to correspond with the San Quirico oil festival . Tickets must be booked. For more information contact www.ferrovieturistiche.it Location: Departure from Siena station Mostra di Presepi - Exhibition of Nativity Scenes This is an interesting exhibition of different nativity se made by the people of the town. It is facinating for the young and old. The exhibition lasts the whole of December. Location: Bettolle center 24 December Messa di Natale - Christmas mass Location:  The Cathedral of Siena 25 December Messa di Natale - Christmas mass Location:  The Cathedral of Siena

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Hills of Settignano Walking Tour and Villa Gamberaia Visit

Choose between the morning or afternoon tour departure and walk through the hills in the north of Florence, then visit of the gardens of Villa Gamberaia. The atmosphere and the panoramic views from Settignano will leave you breathless!

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Shore Excursion from Livorno to Volterra and San Gimignano

Private Shore Excursion to Volterra and San Gimignano with English speaking driver from the port of Livorno. The tour has been designed for guests who have already seen the famous attractions and beauties of Florence and Pisa and are looking for a truly wonderful and exceptional excursion.
After approx. 1.5 hours driving through medieval towns and beautiful surrounding valleys, you will stop at San Gimignano, an enchanting medieval village that takes its name after Bishop Gimignano who saved the city from the barbarians. The Italian Manhattan as it has been called because of its tall, majestic towers, San Gimignano will charm you with everything which makes it a unique town all over the world. You will have time to explore and shop. If you wish we can arrange a wine tour in San Gimignano at a local winery.
Reboard the car and drive to Volterra. This Etruscan town sits on a rocky plateau and is protected by medieval ramparts.

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Full-Day Walking Tour of Florence Highlights with Duomo Uffizi and Accademia

A full day tour in Florence with skip-the-lines entrance to Uffizi and Accademia. Admire the most important sites of Florence in one day! The tour will give you an overview of the city center, starting from Piazza della Repubblica, admire the Cathedral, Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's bell tower, the Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria and cross the Ponte Vecchio to explore the Oltrarno area, and the Pitti Palace.  Visit the Uffizi and its world famous collection of paintings by Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, and the  Accademia museum, where you will admire the famous original David by Michelangelo.

Tickets will be pre-booked in order to skip the lines at the entrance of museums.

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The Sanctuary of Madonna di Montenero in Livorno

Visit one of Tuscany's main religious sites and discover the stunning sanctuary that was built to celebrate Maria delle Grazie, the region's patron saint. At lunch you will enjoy a delicious meal at a nearby restaurant with an amazing view.

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