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Not Just Blues at the Pistoia Blues Festival

As every year the city of Pistoia hosts its largest annual event, the Pistoia Blues Festival. The music festival, with artists of international renown, returns to vibrate the old town for over 3 weeks. The festival is in its 37th year and is organized by the city of Pistoia, the Tuscany Region and the Association Bluesin.

Despite its many years of running, the festival is new every year, with new concerts and events. There are many artists scheduled for Pistoia Blues 2016 which will take place from July 5 to 16 in Piazza Duomo. Months before, the event's Facebook page is constantly updated to launch new names and enrich the program!

Here is the updated calendar for 2016:

July 5 at 9 pm MIKA

July 17 from 7 pm, the stage will be shared with many, many artists for ITALIAN BLUES NIGHT [this is the only evening for the festival that offers free entrance into the square]:


July 10 at 9 pm BRIAN AUGER + LUCKY PETERSON + JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET + The Twister with Alice Violato + Leon

July 11 at 9pm BASTILLE + Kelevra

July 12 at 9pm THE NATIONAL + Father John Misty

July 14  at 9pm SKUNK ANANSIE + Down to Ground

July 15  at 9pm WHITESNAKE + HARDCORE SUPERSTAR + THE ANSWER + Junkie Dildoz + Crazy Rain

July 16  at 9pm DAMIEN RICE + GYDA

What do you think ?! I would say that the program can make anyone who loves music quite crazy!

There is a different price for every night, so check when you want to go. You can buy tickets both online on TicketOne or Boxol or at a ticket office near your home. Check the official website to see the latest updates and to purchase tickets (there are links to the sites).

Are you planning your weekend or overnight stay in Pistoia for the Pistoia Blues?

What is there to See in Pistoia?

Read here for the sites to see in the city.

If you come from outside Pistoia and want to attend over a few nights of Pistoia Blues, I suggest you stay in the city. The Tourist Board of the City of Pistoia will help you find the solution that most inspires you if you want a package which includes tickets and concert tickets. How about a hotel in the city center just minutes on foot from the concert, so you can enjoy the event fully? A farmhouse in the Tuscan hills? A B&B in the mountains to enjoy nature? There are many solutions created especially for the occasion: check out to find your accommodation in Pistoia!

The town of Montecatini [about 15 km from Pistoia] also gears up for the event and, in fact, the P.A.M. [Hotel Association of Montecatini Terme] offers advantageous deals for all those who wish to stay in the area.

How to reach Pistoia

Read here for detailed information on how to arrive in Pistoia.

The notes and the rhythm of rock, blues and folk make Pistoia come alive and vibrate so you really should not miss this event if you enjoy music! The city will be full of people from all over the world, the streets and squares will be colored by stalls [street food, drinks and markets of artisan and homemade items]. It will be the perfect time to enjoy summer in the city center. A nice cold beer, chatting with friends and the right amount of energy from the concert will have you experiencing Pistoia at its finest ever. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the night, get carried away by the sounds and let yourself be surrounded by the carefree atmosphere. The Pistoia Blues is every year but every year it is unique and unmissable.

There is still time for you to organize yourself, but don't wait, do it now and enjoy a pleasant evening or weekend in the city, Pistoia will surprise you! Carpe Diem :)

Author: Sara Boccolini

Having studied Economics of Tourism in Rimini in 2009, once I entered the working world I realized Economics was really not for me while tourism most definitely was. Traveling and the web are my great passion and my work. I'm a crazy girl born under the sign of Aquarius, that's who I am!


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