Every year Tuscany offers a wide array of Medieval Festivals rich with parades in authentic dress from the times, games, food, flag throwers and spectators who come to join in a few hours in the “time machine”.
It is obvious that Tuscany, with its many picturesque towns, both small and large, presents the perfect stage for the revocation of jousts, races, dances and remembering historic events like weddings, murders, and battles. These types of events happen all year long, however, it would seem that many are concentrated in the late spring and summer seasons, where everyone can enjoy the festivities outside with the long sunny days and warm temps.
Not only are there important historic representations and exhibitions, but the townspeople often join in the fun taking the time to dress the part, provide stands and food that are suited to the time frame and extra care to restore the vias and streets in the town to their original “glory”.
We have put together a list of the of the more famous and colorful Medieval festivals that play out throughout Tuscany. If we have missed one that you think really should be on our to-do list, let us know!!
In the meantime, have a look at these, pick one you like and enjoy!
May - June
Festa Medievale a Malmantile - Lastra a Signa (Florence)
End of May - beginning of June
The festival takes place in the small medieval hamlet of Malmantile, in the area of Lastra a Signa.
Official Website: festamedioevalemalmantile.it
Festa Medievale Bianco Azzurra - Castiglion Fiorentino (Arezzo)
End of May - beginning of June
This festival takes place within the walls of the Rocca del Cassero in the town of Castiglion Fiorentino, just south of Arezzo.
Official Website: festamedievale.it
In June, on the weekend close to the 16th
For More information - cavalieridisantafina.it
La Disfida della Valdelsa at the Parco Archeologico di Poggibonsi (Siena)
Beginning of June
The day “Poggio Imperiale” is celebrated with an event called: "La Disfida della Valdelsa". A real tournament with knights in armor (La Compagnia dell'Aquila Bianca) who battle for their colors: Poggibonsi vs. Monteriggioni.
Official Website parco-poggibonsi.it
Tria Turris (Chiusi)
End of June
Step back in time at Chiusi, to the 1300’s. The town comes alive with competitions, authentic dress and lots of activities.
Official Website triaturris.it
Most of these activities take place within the integral town walls of Monteriggioni, which sets an exceptionally pretty stage.
Official Website: monteriggionimedievale.com
Medioevo alla Corte degli Ubaldini - Palazzuolo sul Senio (Florence)
End of July
Official Website: facebook.com/OsteGhibellina
Fortezze di Verrucole at Fivizzano (Massa Carrara)
All of July and August
Sito ufficiale: fortezzaverrucolearcheopark.it
Medioevo nel Borgo - Roccatederighi (Grosseto)
First Week of August
Official Website: www.roccatederighi.info
Medievalis - Pontremoli (Massa Carrara)
16-19 August 2018
An event which captures the essence and importance of the town of Pontremoli in medieval times. medievalis.org
Volterra AD 1398 - Volterra (Pisa)
3rd and 4th Sunday of August
Official Website: volterra1398.it
Salamarzana Medieval Festival - Fucecchio (Florence)
September 7-8 - read our blog post on the medieval fair here.
Official website: salamarzana.it
Il Castello Rivive - Rievocazione Medievale a Nozzano Castello (Lucca)
First week of September
Official Website: ilcastellorivive.it
Festa Medievale Montevettolini - Monsummano Terme (Pistoia)
Official Website: rondomontevettolini.it
Medioevo in Rocca San Gimignano (Siena)
Beginning of September
Once again we enter into the suggestive setting of San Gimignano for another festival
Igneus 1069 (Florence)
San Ignatius, became abate only after a trial by fire on the 13th of February 1068.
Fortezze di Verrucole: l'assedio (Massa Carrara)
First weekend in September
Reconstruction of the siege by the troops from Lucca, two days of medieval markets, music, shows, military demonstrations and more
Official Website fortezzaverrucolearcheopark.it