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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 compiled 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 directly with the owners for best rates.

With so much to choose from, we have divided this month into a few separate calendars so 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 the free entrance.

See a List of State Museums in Tuscany


Tuscany | NOTTI DELL'ARCHEOLOGIA | July

Guided tours, special evening hours and archeological events surrounding the many large and small museums throughout the region. There will several activities which will explore the history and legends of Tuscany, events are programmed for all ages. Read the program at the below link, looking for the town or city closest to you.

Official Calendar for Tuscany

Events and activities in or around Florence in July


Arezzo | FIERA ANTIQUARIA | June 30th & July 1st

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.

Official Site


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 handicrafts, vintage and delicious typical foods and all of it this is just outside in the countryside surrounding Florence.

More about Panzano

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.

Facebook Page


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 local from Siena. 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 assigning of the jockey takes place in the presence of the mayor.

More Info


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

Official Page


Marina di Pietrasanta | 39th 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.

2018 Program


Torre del Lago | 64th FESTIVAL PUCCINI | July-August

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.

2018 Program


Castelnuovo di Garfagnana | STREET LOVE | July 6 - 8

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.

2018 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 center from mid-afternoon. At the end of the Palio, spectacular fireworks will be advising everyone at the end of the Palio week.


Lucca | I GIORNI DI SAN PAOLINO | June 29 - 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) of the three rioni - districts - of the city that usually takes place in Piazza San Martino.

2018 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 marvelous and colored 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.

Web Page


Fivizzano | DISFIDA DEGLI ARCIERI DI TERRA E DI CORTE | July 6 - 8

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!

Facebook Page


Seravezza | BLUES FESTIVAL | July 20 -22

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 "passionati" and people who desire to spend a night under the stars as well.

Official Website


Radicondoli | LE NOTTI DI GIOVE | July 6 - Grand Finale Aug. 24

The Mythical god Giove gives Thursday its name (Giovedi)

Every Thursday for the month of July and August the charming city of Radicondoli (Siena) creates a mini street fair with art, food, and outdoor entertainment to best enjoy the cool fresh evening air. Facebook Page


Marina di Castagneto | BOLGHERI MELODY FESTIVAL | July 21, 22, 28 & August 4, 8, 11 & 16

An enchanting area. The beachside town of Marina di Castagneto (Livorno) remembers the past while celebrating with a series of live performances and concerts, classical music, cabaret and dances aimed to create a thematic leitmotiv between culture and shows, wine and food tradition with tastings of local specialties.

Official Website


Chiusi della Verna | ALLA CORTE DEL CONTE | July 14-15

Saint Francesco

This event celebrates the origin of the La Verna monastery 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.

More Information


Ponzanello | PONZANELLO ILLUMINA’ | July 27 & 8

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.

Author's Note: This article was last updated on July 8, 2018, to make sure we’re giving you up-to-date info, if the dates have not yet been announced then we indicate TBA (to be announced)


Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been more than 25 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. It didn't take long to learn 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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