June festivals


La Giostra del Saracino
Piazza Grande, Arezzo
Tel: 0575 377 262
Website: La Giostra del Saracino
Date: June and September

It takes place in the Piazza Grande, in the heart of the medieval city, of Arezzo the penultimate weekend of June June and the first Sunday in September. “La Giostra” is the ancient jousting tournament where the the four regions (quartiere) of Arezzo challenge each other with knights on horseback. The use of ancient spears and costume give it a real feel of authenticity. The Giostra del Saracino originated in the 13th Century and musicians and acrobatic flag throwers dress in period costumes in their teams colours. The first parade starts at about 10am, another at around 2.30pm and then at 5pm the procession of the horses, knights and their escort arrives in the Piazza and the tournament begins.

Calcio Storico- Historic Football
Piazza Santa Croce, Florence
Tel: 055 290 832
Website: (in italian only) Calcio Storico
Date: 24th June

Reintroduced in 1930, Florence’s Calcio Storico is a violent and altogether ‘zany’ version of football as we know today!! Played in traditional costume in Piazza Santa Croce, four city teams of 27 bare chested players play each other with little in the way of refereeing. The four teams represent the four city’s ancient quarters: Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, Santo Spirito and San Giovanni. Just before the matches they parade through the streets accompanied by costumed dignitaries. Local pride is at stake and each district cheers on its own team and colours. Join in this unique spectacle and the matches every weekend in June with the final played on June 24th, feast day of the city’s patron saint San Giovanni Battista.

Festival of Saint John
Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence
Date: June (annual)

Every year on the 24 June Florence dresses up, and parades, dancing and singing fill the streets to remember the Patron Saint of Florence, Saint John. Apart from the Calcio Storico, Florence puts on boat races and celebratory masses, as well as lots and lots of costumed characters meandering through the city. Expect to be entertained!

Italian Moto GP
Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello
Tel: 055 849 9111
Website:Mugello Circuit
Date: mid June (annual)

The Italian Moto GP at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello features as much passion and partisan support as any event on the Road Racing World Championships calendar. Italians love motorbikes as much as they do cars and, as in Formula 1, they are blessed with idols to worship. The Moto GP is one of the fastest, most thrilling sports in the world. The bikes reach speeds of up to 310kph (185mph) and the races are extremely competitive.

Mini Festival of the Hammond Organ
Piazza SS Annunziata, Florence
Cost: Free
Opening Hours: 9.15pm
Date: June (annual)

Part of the Jazz and Co festival, the Mini Festival of the Hammond Organ is a five-day gala dedicated to the electrical instrument which was born in the 1930s. Open-air concerts take place in Piazza Santa Maria Novella and Piazza Annunziata.

Estate Fiesolana
Teatro Romano, Fiesole
Tel: 055 597 8303
Website: Estate Fiesolana
Date: mid June- mid August

This is a festival of music, dance and theatre set in an atmospheric Roman ampitheatre. There are sometimes some top local artists, but bear in mind, that the standards aren’t always the highest.

Sesto d’Estate
Parco Villa Solaria, Sesto Fiorentino, Florence
Tel: 055 4496 357 Opening Hours: 9.15pm
Date: June – July (annual)

The beautiful Sesto d’Estate music festival offers nine outdoor concerts in the beautiful gardens of the 16th-century Villa Solaria, part of a summer festival of culture, theatre, dance and music.

Flower Display
Piazza della Signoria, Florence
Date: June – July (annual)

Midsummer in Florence sees a veritable carpet of flowers covering the main square, the Piazza della Signoria. The blooms stretch down to the neighbouring Uffizi galleries. Perfectly arranged and meticulously tended you will be overwhelmed by the colour.

Tappeti di Segatura Colorata
Camaiore, near Lucca
Date: mid June

The day Sunday of Corpus Domini and the Saturday night beforehand, the central street of this town near Lucca is covered with patterns made from sprinkled coloured sawdust. Work starts the evening before and continues all night long, with the procession of Corpus Domini passing over (and destroying) them the next day.

Luminaria di San Ranieri
Pisa, along the Arno
Tel: 050 560 464
Date: 16th June

Thousands of candles are lit along the river Arno and then there are fireworks and a boat race the next day along the river. The event is held to celebrate Saint Ranieri of Pisa, the Patron Saint of the town.

Festa Internazionale della Ceramica
Montelupo, Florence
Tel: 0571 518 893
Date: 8 days in late June

Celebration of Tuscan ceramics with Renaissance music and costume, and demos of various techniques.

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