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Medieval fairs and festivals in Tuscany

Every year Tuscany and some of its most beautiful villages are the perfect setting of numerous Medieval fairs, animated by characters in historical costumes, minstrels and storytellers, wandering musicians, flag throwers and many others simply interested in playing with the thought of stepping back in time.

Dressing up Medieval style in Tuscany

Tuscany, with its many beautiful large and small villages and towns with origins in Medieval times, is ideal for a medieval fair or historical reenactment. These events are organized throughout the year, with many of them concentrating in the seasons with better weather given that they all take place outdoors.

The best and most entertaining aspect of these fairs is seeing 100% participation of its citizens - they all dress up in different roles and then are in charge of presenting an aspect of daily Medieval life to visitors. From small entertainment shows and activities dedicated exclusively for children, citizens dress up in full costumes paying attention to every detail and set up tables showcasing the various crafts that were practiced at one time such as blacksmith, candlemaker, tannery and more. Many set up shops as they once were - on the street and ply their craft to the enjoyment of the crowd.

Below is a list of some of the Medieval fairs we know take place every year in Tuscany. If you can't make it to one this year, this might help plan a future vacation. If you know of any others we have not included in the list, let us know by following the link at the bottom and we'll add to spreading the word!

Have fun stepping back in time!

Games & tournaments, medieval fairs in Tuscany

May - June

Medieval Fair at Malmantile - Lastra a Signa (Florence)

The last weekend in May and the first weekend in June

The festival takes place in the Medieval village of Malmantile, close to Lastra a Signa.
Official site: http://www.festamedioevalemalmantile.it

Medieval Festival Bianco Azzurra at Castiglion Fiorentino (Arezzo)

The last weekend in May thru to the first weekend in June

The fair takes place within the castle Rocca del Cassero in Castiglion Fiorentino.
Official site: http://www.festamedievale.it/

Fiera delle Messi in San Gimignano (Siena)

Towards the end of June

More info at http://www.cavalieridisantafina.it

La Disfida della Valdelsa at the Parco Archeologico di Poggibonsi (Siena)

Towards the beginning of June

This fortress sits on an archeological dig which has been transformed into a small little town to visit and learn about life as it once was...but they also hold events like this re-enactment for the beginning of June More info at http://www.parco-poggibonsi.it/

Tria Turris (Chiusi)

Towards the end of June

You will find yourself in the middle of the 1300’s in the free city of Chiusi, life in the medieval with tournaments and games. More info at http://www.triaturris.it/


Medieval fairs and markets in Tuscany

July

Monteriggioni di torri si corona (Monteriggioni crowned by towers) - Monteriggioni (Siena)

The first half of July

The events are within the city walls of the small medieval village of Monteriggioni, offering a very particular setting.
Official site: http://www.monteriggionimedievale.com

Medieval Times at the Court of the Ubaldini - Palazzuolo sul Senio (Florence)

The second half of July

This medieval fair has returned in 2015!
Official site: http://www.osteghibellina.net

Fortezze di Verrucole at Fivizzano (Massa Carrara)

The July & August

Events every weekend bringing to life this well maintained fortress
Official site: http://www.fortezzaverrucolearcheopark.it/home_ita.php


Medieval markets and fairs in Tuscany

August

Medieval Times in the Borgo of Roccatederighi (Grosseto)

On the first weekend of August

This medieval fair takes place in August within this beautiful Medieval village in Maremma.
Official site: http://www.roccatederighi.info/medioevo.php

Medievalis at Pontremoli (Massa Carrara)

17,18,19 & 20 August 2017

Medieval dress, fire on the river and games & food fill the open space under the antique bridge in this small little hamlet on the via Francigena every August.
Official site: http://www.medievalis.org/

Volterra AD 1398 at Volterra (Pisa)

Third and fourth Sunday of August

We've been to this Medieval fair twice already and it is a lot of fun! A whole section of the town dedicated to the fair is the perfect setting and there is entertainment and something to see at every corner.
Official site: http://www.volterra1398.it/


More fairs & markets with a medieval theme

September

The Castle Lives Again! - Medieval reenactment at the Nozzano Castle (Lucca)

First weekend in September

Official site: http://www.ilcastellorivive.it

Medieval Fair at Montevettolini - Monsummano Terme (PT)

Mid September

Official site: http://www.rondomontevettolini.it

Read more about best Medieval Festivals

Medioevo in Rocca San Gimignano (Siena)

Towards the beginning of September

We are back in San Gimignano for another Medieval festival! http://www.cavalieridisantafina.it

Fortezze di Verrucole: The Siege in the province of Fivizzano (Massa Carrara)

The first weekend of September

Re-enactment of the siege of the defensive buildings by the military troops from Lucca, a particularly dark moment in the history of the fortress
Official site: http://www.fortezzaverrucolearcheopark.it/home_ita.php


Author: Cristina Romeo

Born in Florence at the end of the fabulous '70s, Cristina has always lived in the famous "cradle of the Renaissance". She's in love with her homeland, but also enjoys traveling and discovering new places. Cristina is mum to a lovely little girl, to whom she hopes to pass on all the passion and love of our precious, wonderful Tuscany.



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