Festivals and Seasonal Events in Tuscany
There are many events all year round throughout Tuscany, but many are concentrated during the summer.
Many sagre, or festivals dedicated around a particular local product, start in early summer and continue on through the fall as local specialties (truffles, wine, olive oil, marroni chestnuts) come into season. If you are coming to Tuscany during other periods of the year, don't worry as there is always something to see or do (or eat!) then as well.
For specific events, it is best to contact the local tourism office of the locality you will be visiting.
Read full article "Events Calendar"
View upcoming festivals, fairs and celebrations across Tuscany on our shared Google calendar!
Read full article "Main Events in Tuscany"
A brief introduction to the main events across Tuscany that take place every year, divided by season.
Read full article "Calcio Storico Fiorentino"
June in Florence means Calcio Storico Fiorentino! If you're here in June, enjoy the special experience of seeing this centuries old game still being played in Florence - soccer, rugby and wrestling all in one!
Read full article "Giostra del Saracino"
A medieval tournament that takes over Arezzo twice a year in June and early September. If you're here, head to Arezzo to step back into the Middle Ages.
Read full article "Giostra dell'Orso"
The Joust of the Bear, Giostra dell'Orso, takes places every July 25th in Pistoia, on the feast day for the patron saint of the city. Read about the history of this ancient tournament and some useful tips to go to see the event today.
Read full article "Ferie delle Messi"
The Ferie delle Messi, or the Medieval Harvest, takes place in San Gimignano every June. Celebrating the knight tradition, the festival offers many events, including medieval games, parades in medieval costumes and the final horse race in which the 4 neightborhoods of the town compete against each other to win the Gold Sword. If you're here in June, we highly recommend you head to San Gimignano to step back in time!
Read full article "Luminara in Pisa"
The Luminara in Pisa is a special event - the city and river glows in the light of thousands of candles lit outside of palaces, churches, towers and bridges along the Arno on the eve of the feast day of San Ranieri, Pisa's patron saint.
Read full article "The Palio in Siena"
The Palio in Siena is a very special event, one in which every citizen of the city takes part of from the time of their birth. In Siena, you are born into a Contrada and the lifelong journey and rivalry begins.
Read full article "Effetto Venezia"
"Effetto Venezia" is the most beautiful summer festival in Livorno, taking place every year at the end of July and the first days of August. On this occasion, the characteristic neighborhood called "La Venezia", or Venice, comes alive until late into the night as it hosts music, theater and entertainment for all ages. An event not to be missed!
Read full article "Regatta of San Ranieri"
The regatta of San Ranieri is an interesting race in the Arno - the winner is not who arrives first but who manages to climb a rope and grab the right colored flag! An ancient custom in celebrating Pisa's patron saint feast day.
Read full article "Summer Music Festivals in Tuscany"
Visiting Tuscany during the summer is a great occasion both to discover the region as well as enjoy many concerts and events under the Tuscan sky. The main festivals are: Lucca Summer Festival, Pistoia Blues, the Puccini Festival and the Opera Festival.
Read full article "Mercantia "
Enter the world of Mercantia and enjoy a wonderful journey in the splendid medieval village of Certaldo. Here you will be entertained by fantastic creatures, music, peformances, street artists, theatre and much more. Many arts and crafts stands will be located along the streets within the wall.
Read full article "The Bravio delle Botti"
Il Bravio delle Botti is one of the most interesting and original festivals in Tuscany. The race consists of pushing large wine barrels uphill through the town, the finish line being in the beautiful Piazza Grande. The Bravio takes place every year on the last Sunday of August. If you're around, we recommend you go see it and the parade in historical costume that precedes it.
Read full article "Medieval Fairs in Tuscany"
Beautiful villages in Tuscany are the perfect setting for Medieval festivals and fairs organized throughout the year. Here we've listed the main ones coming up in the next few months.
Read full article "Easter in Tuscany"
If you are organizing your trip to Tuscany during the Easter holiday, look no further. Easter in Tuscany is a fun time to visit quaint towns and see some great parades. There is never a lack of events nor things to see throughout the region with Easter festivities lasting for five days. Take part in one of the many religious processions, experience historical traditions or simply enjoy your time in the city by taking advantage of the extended museum hours.
Read full article "Lucca and the Holy Cross Celebration"
If you've never been to the Holy Cross Celebration in Lucca, this could be the perfect occasion to explore the marvellous city of Lucca and take part in this suggestive manifestation when the city is lit up with candles and lamps, offering a gorgeous sight!
Read full article "Scoppio del Carro"
The Explosion of the Cart, or Scoppio del Carro, takes place every Easter Sunday, a special celebration taking place in Florence for over 350 years. A historical parade accompanies the procession starting at 10am to Piazza del Duomo, where the Cart explodes shortly after 11am.
Read full article "Carnival in Tuscany"
From February to March, Tuscany celebrates Carnival Season with a lot of fun and colorful events all around the region. Find where and when you can find the best floats and Carnival events to participate in one of the most folkloristic events in Italy.
Read full article "Viareggio Carnival"
All the details you need to go to the Carnival in Viareggio, the most famous and spectacular carnival in Tuscany. Information on the parades, dates and other useful details if you want to take part in the fun!
Read full article "Tastes of Fall"
Tuscany usually turns yellow and ochre in Autumn, offering an amazing landscape. During this season our region also celebrates all its most renowned food products, thanks to which it has gained its international claim, so if you drop by Tuscany, get ready to discover a coloured and beautiful nature and...stuff yourself with all kind of delicacies!
Read full article "La Giostra"
The Compagnia La Giostra, a musical group inspired by Medieval and Renaissance as well as popular and ethnic music, offers fun and entertainment at many Tuscan summer festivals.