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Enjoying a Musical July in Tuscany

July is one Hot Month for Events

lots of activities to heat up your holidays

The region lights up with longer daylight hours, warm temps and many...many activities.  There are so many things to see and do, your head will spin trying to fit them all in.  We have complied a list of the highlights that you should try and fit into your itinerary while visiting Tuscany - and if you haven't already made plans, check the availability and last minute offers for the summer. Remember to book direct with the owners for best rates.

With so much to choose from, we have divided this month into a few separate calendars so you we can list more activities and so you can focus on what interest you the most:

Medieval Fairs

Sagras and Food Festivals

Florence City

Music Festivals

Exhibits

Read through our list and be sure to take note of the day for your travels through Tuscany this July:

The beauty of Tuscany in July

Tuscany | #DomenicalMuseo | 1° Sunday in July

A standing appointment every month

How about enjoying a bit of art, history and culture on a Sunday? How about enjoying it with free admission? Then mark the first Sunday of the month on your calendar and make note of the following State museums (and archaeological areas) across Tuscany where you can take advantage of free entrance.

See a List of State Museums in Tuscany


Pistoia | CAPITALE CULTURALE D’ITALIA | 2017

the Cultural Capital of Italy for 2017

Celebrate together with Pistoia! Between classical music concerts, art exhibits, cultural activities, blues & jazz in the town squares and so much more, this stunning little Tuscan town is prepared to show the world their true colors when it comes to their cultural prowess. Each month they are planning over 200 events including theater, music, book presentations, learning labs and more. Check in here every month to see select highlights from the Pistoia calendar.

Official link

Pistoia: Events July 2017

Pistoia Blues | June & July

Read our article about the month dedicated to blues in the squares of Pistoia. Official Website

Giostra dell’Orso | July 25

The traditional games in the city center of Pistoia Other Events


Arezzo | FIERA ANTIQUARIA | July 1 - 2

The oldest and the biggest antique fair

Many years ago, Ivan Bruschi gave life to one of the oldest and biggest antique fairs in Tuscany...maybe even all of Italy. He transformed his love for the old, unique and precious into an event that fills the streets of Arezzo every first Sunday of the month and the Saturday that precedes it that month.

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Panzano in Chianti | APRILANTE | 1st Sunday in July

Handcrafts & Vintage

We know they call the fair "April"ante, but it really goes all year round! This monthly market in the streets of this charming town in Chianti is where you will find hand crafts, vintage and delicious typical foods and all of it this is just outside in the countryside surrounding Florence.

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Markets in and Around Florence March 2017


Greve in Chianti | IL PAGLIAIO | Every 4th Sunday of July

Organic and Artisan Market

Piazza Matteotti is filled with locals who feature goods from their gardens, their kitchens and their workshops. Often you will find not only great bargains, but music and opportunities to do some taste testing.

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Siena | IL PALIO | July 2 (& August 16)

the most famous Tuscan event ever

It’s a horse race in the very heart of the city center, during which the various contrade (or better, quarters or areas in which Siena is divided) challenge in other in what is commonly referred to as a more than a simple challenging game for a senese. Each person who lives in Siena is part of a contrada and, consequently, participates in its life, constantly in competition with the others!! For the occasion, Piazza del Campo (or better, the ring around the square) is covered with tuff clay. The horse race usually takes place in the late afternoon, after the historical parade - composed by more than 600 people in costumes representing the several contrade, that will wind their way through the tiny streets of the center for getting to Piazza del Campo. During the morning, the segnatura dei fantini takes place in the presence of the mayor.

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Forte dei Marmi | FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE FUOCHI D'ARTIFICIO | June - July TBA

four nights of fireworks

In the Versilia area, there will be the International Fireworks Festival in Forte dei Marmi: kicked off in June, followed by two are the dates in program for this July the final night, for a sort of fireworks competition that will be lighting up the sky above this famous sea resort of Versilia.


Montalcino | MUSICA NEGLI HORTI | July

8th festival of music, literature, wine and food in southern Tuscany

Val D'orcia has some of the most Tuscan enchanting landscapes and quaint villages as great backdrops to concerts, cooking lessons, wine-and-food tastings. A festival dedicated not only to great music, but also to the natural and architectural treasures of this area of Tuscany and its culinary delights. A festival aimed to tempt visitors to get to know and going deeper into this region of rare beauty and its tradition.

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Tuscany | LE NOTTI DELL'ARCHEOLOGIA | July

Evenings discovering ancient Tuscany

Offering a rich program of guided visits to the local Etruscan Museum, night trekking excursions to the thermal springs, to the most secret corners of the city, to the surrounding vineyards, extraordinary openings for the Etruscan Museum and many, many other events

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Marina di Pietrasanta | 38° FESTIVAL LA VERSILIANA | July - August

In the enchanting setting of Versilia, between the coast and the mountains is a festival of music combining all the wonderful aspects of Tuscany, including traditional foods and the historic charm of the area.

2017 Program


Torre del Lago | 63° FESTIVAL PUCCINI | July

Bringing music, food and culture together

A deep love lasting over thirty years linked Giacomo Puccini to the charming hamlet of Torre del Lago, which, after his death, was renamed Torre del Lago Puccini to the pride of all its inhabitants. The Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago is the only Festival in the world fully dedicated to the composer Giacomo Puccini. It takes place every summer during the months of July and August, in the very places that inspired Maestro Puccini’s immortal melodies.

2017 Program


Castelnuovo di Garfagnano | STREET LOVE | July 7 - 9

Bringing music, food and culture together

A festival aimed focused on the newest trend towards street food with a healthy dose of music in an enchanting atmosphere. Visitors will have the chance to taste local products as well as some of the most representative recipes of the other Italian regions, together with traditional and handicraft stands, live art and music performances that will give life to one-of-a-kind manifestation.

2017 Program


Casole d'Elsa | PALIO di CASOLE | second Sunday in July

A whole week full of events and manifestations, with the Palio di Casole d'Elsa horse race as the final and highest event of the week. Qualification for the final race will be taking place on Saturday at 9.30 am, while the Palio will be run on Sunday starting from 7 pm, with the historical parade, flag throwers and drummers winding their way through the centre from mid afternoon. At the end of the Palio, spectacular fireworks will be advising everyone the end of the Palio week.


Lucca | I GIORNI DI SAN PAOLINO | June 25 - July 20

8th festival of music, literature, wine and food in southern Tuscany

An entire month full of music and fun with musicians, people dressed in costumes, flag throwers and artists entertaining visitors and inhabitants, who always eagerly await for the key event of the manifestation, the Palio di San Paolino. It’s a crossbow competition (dating back to ancient times) among the three rioni - districts - of the city that usually takes place in Piazza San Martino.

2017 Program


Certaldo Alto | MERCANTIA | July 12 -16

Thousands of people crowd the tiny streets of the village, like a massive flood of entranced persons staring at all these marvellous and coloured street artists that, while standing out from the visitors for their amazingly creative costumes, usually perform in magnificent shows, either among the public or within hidden courtyards or secret gardens. Hundreds of stands offering every kind of items are on hand, as well as music, dance and theatre performances: you will find it hard to decide which show to assist and which street to go through, completely immersed in a fantasy world that, like a fairy tale, will make you daydream inside the walls of this special location.

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Fivizzano | DISFIDA DEGLI ARCIERI DI TERRA E DI CORTE | July 14-16

Bows & Arrows

a manifestation with people dressed up in historical costumes aimed to evoke the ancient competitions among the 5 districts of the city, that used to challenge in other, divided into those belonging to the area of the town enclosed by the walls and those that used to protect the town. The Disfida degli Arcieri of Earth and Court back to excite their audience in the splendid setting of Medicea square in Fivizzano! We are waiting for you on July 14-15-16 with shows and good food, without forgetting Sunday evening for the grand finale: The parade with over 500 appearances and the challenge among the archers of the 5 neighborhoods. You can not miss it!

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Seravezza | BLUES FESTIVAL | July 15 -16

8th festival of music, literature, wine and food in southern Tuscany

Surrounded by the amazing scenery of the Palazzo Mediceo in Seravezza, many artists will perform on the stage, creating a memorable blues music experience and drawing lots of passionates and people who desire to spend a night under the stars as well.

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Chiusi della Verna | ALLA CORTE DEL CONTE | July 16

Saint Francesco

This event celebrates the origina of the La Verna monestary in the mountains running down the center of Italy and between Casentino and Assisi.  Join the town as it replays the donation o the land to Saint Francis and then follows it with a festival of celebration.

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Ponzanello | PONZANELLO ILLUMINA’ | July 21 - 22

A suggestive manifestation during which the quaint village situated in the Lunigiana region will be literally lit up with candles and torches offering a spectacular show, and crowded with hundreds of street artists, musicians, people in costumes performing along the tiny streets and inside the characteristic wine cellars, where visitors will have the chance to try out the local specialties, paying with the sesterzi, the currency used at that times.


Livorno | EFFETTO VENEZIA | July 26 - 30

The district in Livorno known as “La Venezia” is filled with stands of crafts, antiques and vintage objects and, of course, food and wine. Even the bars and restaurants in the area set up outdoor with tables so you can enjoy the energy and excitment while eating a delicious meal.

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Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been over 24 years since I took my first steps in Italy and I still haven’t found a good reason to leave.  Between the food, the culture, the history, the art, the landscapes … did I mention the food? I have become a lifelong student. And I soon learned that Italians all have stories that long to be told; stories that paint a picture of how hard work produces character, how life is made of ups and downs and how good it feels to laugh.



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