Throughout the summer, not just Florence, but the whole of Tuscany comes alive like never before with hundreds of outdoor events and celebrations planned, ready to make the most of the fantastic weather. Not only do bars and restaurants put tables outside, new bars and “locale” pop up in the many parks, gardens and piazzas, but the local town councils plan medieval re-enactments, dance festivals, outdoor concerts and boat races along the Arno to name but a few.

La Giostra del Saracino
Piazza Grande, Arezzo
Tel: 0575 377 262 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0575 377 262 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
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 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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 290 832 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 849 9111 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 597 8303 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 4496 357 end_of_the_skype_highlighting 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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 050 560 464 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0571 518 893 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Date: 8 days in late June

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

Florence Dance Festival
Teatro Romano, Fiesole
Tel: 055 289 276 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 055 289 276 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Date: 2 weeks in July

An excellent dance festival featuring performers from all over Europe etc.

Estate Musicale Chigiana
Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena
For more information: 0577 22091 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0577 22091 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Website: Estate Musicale Chigiana
Date: July-August

Siena’s summer concert season with performances in the city and nearby abbeys of San Galgano, Sant’Animo and Monte Oliveto Maggiore. The highlight is the Settimana Musicale Senese (usually mid July); a week of concerts in Siena’s churches.

Giostra dell’Orso
Tel: 0573 21622 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0573 21622 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Date: 25 July

Pistoia’s annual “Bear fight” culminates on 25th July in its main square after a month of concerts and pageantry. The Joust of the Bear dates back to the 14th Century: 12 knights are pitted against a bear (two wooden dummies) dressed in a checked cloak, there is normally traditional food served.

Incontri in Terra di Siena
La Foce, Chianciano Terme
For more information: 0578 69101 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0578 69101 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Date: 10 days in late July

These top-notch chamber music concerts are performed internationally renowned musicians in dramatic settings such as La Foce (the family estate of writer Iris Origo), Pienza, Cetona and Radicofana.

Batignano Opera Festival
Batignano, near Grosseto
Tel: 0564 462 611 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0564 462 611 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Grosseto tourist information office)
Date: July to August

Little known opera productions with well-known musicians in an idyliic hilltop village.

Puccini Opera Festival
Torre di Lago, Lucca
Tel: 0584 359 322 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0584 359 322 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Website: Puccini Opera Festival
Date: last week of July

Standards of performance aren’t always high, nevertheless Puccini’s lakeside villa is certainly a magnificent setting for his operas. The stage is built over the lake while the audience sits on the shore.

Palio di Siena
Piazza del Campo, Siena
Information: 0577 280 551 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0577 280 551 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Website: Palio di Siena
Date: 2 July and 16 August

This controversial, often Palio, or violent horse race, around Siena’s main piazza is Tuscan pageantry at its best. Trial races run on three days leading to the two main dates. The last is at 9am on the big days. In the early afternoon qualifying horses and jockeys (both in traditional costume) are blessed in their team’s church. At about 4.30pm the procession enters the Piazza del Campo and, after acrobatic flag throwing, the race runs at about 7pm. Its free to stand in the square, but get there early! Tickets for seats in balconies overlooking the Piazza are sold in bars and cafes around the Piazza. Be warned, however, they are hard to come by and quite expensive but it is worth it!

Effetto Venezia
Tel: 0586 2046 11 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0586 2046 11 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Date: 10 dates in late July and August

Evening shows and concerts in Livorno’s “Venetian Quarter”- so called because of its canals. Restaurants stay open late serving local delicacies.

Medieval Festival
Monteriggione, Arezzo
Tel: 0577 304 810 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0577 304 810 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Date: mid July

The medieval festival is a re-enactment of Monteriggione medieval town life with food and drink and craft stalls, music and dancing, shops and performances typical of that era. Action focuses around the third weekend of July, but there are events during the ten days before. Torches are lit after dark and visitors must change their cash into medieval currency if they want to participate.

On the Road Festival
Pelago, Florence
Date: 1st weekend (Thursday-Sunday) mid to late July

This is a festival of street performers and action kicks off at around 6pm.

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