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The Tuscan Summer: Musical Festivals & Events

Tuscany in summer gives the best of itself, with long sunny days, amazing landscapes and cultural events! The summer is filled with annual events focusing on music in all of its forms from classical to jazz, from rock to contemporary.

Below you will find a mini-catalog of upcoming music festivals that include concerts of every type: outdoor, indoor, historic locations, contemporary theaters, free and entrance fees - you name it and you will find it in the list below.

Dates of concerts and festivals

For additional information on festivals and other events, check out our Discover Tuscany Blog where we post a list of current events, with more information and dates and our monthly calendars for June, July, and August.

The following are some of the most important events that recur every Tuscan summer, with dates updated for 2019 AS SOON AS THEY ARE CONFIRMED.

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Author's Note: This article was last updated on June 28, 2019 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)


June 28 - July 29, 2019

The Lucca Summer Festival represents the main event in Tuscany, taking place every year in the historical center of Lucca in Piazza Napoleone and boasting the presence of some of the most influential international artists of the current musical panorama. It starts normally at the end of June and it runs all July long.

This edition has, once again, a fabulous program, with important names on the national and international scene: Sting, Take That, Elton John, Toto, the Scorpions, Eros Ramazzotti and other artists.

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By car: take the highway A11 (Florence-Pisa), exit "Lucca Est". The city offers many parking lots, some are free, some are paid. You can reach Piazza Napoleone with the shuttle service.

By train: from the station Pisa, Florence and La Spezia in Liguria, you can easily reach Lucca.

To get more information about the Lucca Summer Festival browse the official website here.


July 5-10, 2019

The first edition of the Pistoia Blues dates back to 1980. Since then, it has presented a rich calendar dedicated to blues and rock music. It takes place every year in July.

While Pistoia is not as visited and well-known as other Tuscan towns, it offers a splendid setting for its concerts which are held in Piazza Duomo with the magnificent San Zeno Cathedral towering over the stage and bleachers.

From the very beginning, many important artists have and continue to perform on the stage of Pistoia Blues including Alanis Morissette, Steve Hackett, James Blunt and more.

Noel Gallagher and Ben Harper will be on the stage this 2019.

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By car: take the Highway A1 ( Milan-Rome), exit "Firenze Nord", then take the A11 in direction "Viareggio", exit "Pistoia".

By train: From the S.M. Novella Station take trains in direction Prato, Pistoia, Montecatini, Lucca, and get off in Pistoia.

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July 6 - August 4, 2019

Tuscany's Puccini Festival meet everyone's expectations, from those who want to experience a Puccini opera for the first time to those that love his operas. All will enjoy the beautiful performances taking place in Torre del Lago from July through August at the "Gran Teatro All'Aperto", the outdoor theater stage.

The most acclaimed names in opera have taken part in the numerous editions of the festival which are attended by people from all over the world.

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By car: take the Highway A11 (Firenze-Mare), exit "Migliarino", then follow indications to Torre del Lago Puccini. Or, highway A11 and then highway A12 direction Viareggio, exit "Viareggio" and follow indications to Torre del Lago.

By train: Torre del Lago hasn't a train station, so it's necessary getting off the train in Viareggio and then taking a bus to Torre del Lago. More detailed information on the Trenitalia website.

Click here to read more about the Festival.


July 11-14, 2019

In its 5th edition, the Blues Festival draws thousands from the area to visit the small mountain town between the Apuan Alps and the Versilia coast. Four nights with music but also with theater and dance performances this year. A childrens area will permit kids to construct small works of art, while a shuttle service from the Querceta train station on Saturday and Sunday. FREE ENTRANCE.


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The best way is to drive from the Versilia coast up to Querceta, leave car and take shuttle.


July 20 -28, 2019

Since its first edition, the Festival adopted the spirit of Capraia: relaxed, informal and spontaneous. The public has the opportunity to attend six qualitatively excellent concerts and at the same time is invited to become familiar with the natural wonders of the island. The concerts are free thanks to the efforts of the organizers and the availability of supporters - and will be hosted in the Church of Sant'Antonio, a magical and splendid place that opens the doors specifically for the Festival. Last year they added a happy hour jazz - let's see what is in store for this year.


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The best way in and out of this island is by Ferry from Livorno: Traghetto Toremar

For the complete program of the festival, check the official website.


July 8 - August 24, 2018 - dates for 2019 TBA

With over 20 different concerts situated in many of the beautiful historic locations throughout Arezzo, the European Music Academy features opera and classical music all summer long. Not to mention the international opera and baroque music Mastery which takes annually place in the city of Arezzo. This year they are adding an International Piano Master Class from 14 - 21 of July 2018.

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By car: take the Highway A1 (Florence-Naples), exit "Arezzo": the city center is only at 10 minutes driving distance.

By train: Arezzo is located on the train line connecting Bologna to Roma; from Florence and Roma there are many trains leaving to Arezzo. More detailed information on the Trenitalia website.

For the complete program of the manifestation, consult the official website.


June 20 - August 19, 2019

The Estate Fiesolana is another traditional music - but not only - festival in Tuscany during Summer. The manifestation will offer many events ranging from music to cinema to theatre, all taking place at the Roman Theatre of the Archaeological Site of Fiesole.

Spectators will assist at classic, jazz, gospel, pop and rock music concerts, having the chance to choose among a wide range of genres, surrounded by a context of rare beauty - Fiesole, a Roman jewel set on the hills above Florence, from which is only 6 km.

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By car: Highway A11 (Firenze-Mare) or A1 (Florence-Naples), exit "Firenze Nord", then follow indications to the city centers and stadium/Fiesole (exit "Firenze Sud": follow indications to stadium/Fiesole).

By bus: From the left exit of Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence, go to P.zza Adua for taking a bus to Piazza S. Marco: there are buses leaving to Fiesole every 20 minutes. More info on the Ataf web site.

For the complete program of the manifestation, see our article.


June - September

A festival offering many events and interesting dates not only with music but also with literature, culture, cinema. The rich calendar always offers exciting and unmissable spectacles running for three months, with concerts varying from jazz to pop to classical music taking place in different locations of the city of Prato, like the gardens of the historical center and the Amphitheatre of the Center for the Contemporary Art L. Pecci.

How to get there:

By car: take the Highway A1 (Florence-Naples) or A11 (Firenze-Mare), exit "Prato est/Prato ovest".

By train: There are many trains leaving to Prato from the train stations of Florence, Pisa, Lucca, and Viareggio; get off at Prato Centrale or Prato Porta al Serraglio. More detailed information on the Trenitalia website.

The complete program is available on the Pratoestate site.


July 20 - September 8, 2019

Lyrical Festival with an interesting and varied calendar of operas, spectacles, and international artists. Shows are arranged in different locations of the Media Valle del Serchio and the Garfagnana areas, is a sort of itinerant manifestation immersed in contexts of rare beauty, among which the Rossi Refuge on the Apuan Alps deserves to be mentioned.

How to get there:

By car: take the Highway A1 (Florence-Naples) and A11 (Firenze-Mare), exit "Capannori" or "Lucca", then follow indications to Lucca, Garfagnana (State Road SS 445).

By train: There's a train station in Barga called "Barga - Gallicano" on the train line connecting Lucca to Aulla. To get to Barga, there are trains leaving from Lucca and Pisa Centrale. More detailed information on the Trenitalia website.

The complete program will available on the Serchio delle Muse website site.



July 12 - 28, 2019

This manifestation, in its 44th year now and the theme, is Amore Passione Follia (Love Passion Foolishness)! It is an Italian school music festival featuring a wonderful and creative interaction between internationally renowned artists and young singers, musicians, composers; there will be with high-quality music (classical, jazz, opera, chamber and symphonic concerts), theatre operas, contemporary ballets and much much more. Events will be taking place in some of the most amazing and quaint locations in the province of Siena: Montepulciano, Sarteano, Cetona, Chianciano Terme, San Casciano dei Bagni, Sinalunga, Torrita di Siena, and Trequanda.

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By car: if you come from North, take The highway A1 and exit at Bettolle; pass on the small town and follow indications to Torrita di Siena first and then Montepulciano. If you come from South, take highway A1 and exit at Chiusi-Chianciano Terme, pass on Chianciano And follow road signs to Montepulciano.

By train: There's a train station in Montepulciano that is situated on the line connecting Empoli to Siena and Chiusi. The closest rail station located on the main train line connecting Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Milan is Chianciano Terme; once got there, take the regional train to Siena and get down at Montepulciano. More detailed information on the Trenitalia website.

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August 8-31, finals August 23-24

The start of the Jazz festival begins with Jazz for Dinner in collaboration with restaurants combining good food with great music. The festival/contest started in 1986 as a composition contest for jazz orchestras, and dedicated itself to a particular artist important in the history of jazz - this year it is Dizzy Gillespie. Since 2000, the festival has changed course, inviting an important artist, who is still actively performing to come to play with the BargaJazz. The orchestra and the compositions played at the festival are specially created for the performer.

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July 18 - 22, 2018-  dates for 2019 TBA

The piano is its own special world, and Pratovecchio-Stia, Poppi, Bibbiena and the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, del Monte Falterona e di Campigna invite you to enjoy the varied sounds and emotions that it provides in a series of natural and historic settings with over 25 different, young and active performers from all over the world. Between city gardens, historic churches and national parks you will be delighted with the fantastic combination of classical and contemporary artists. Choose between concerts, workshops, improvisations by renowned artists and budding amateurs you are invited to explore the music in the heart of Casentino.

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By car: From Florence head southeast for the Passo alla Consuma, follow indications. From the south, exit Arezzo and follow indications for Bibbiena, Casentino, and Pratovecchio.

By train: Regular trains from Arezzo. There are buses that leave from Florence SMN station.

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July 9 - August 27, 2019

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Every Tuesday, the magical sculpture garden opens its doors and the garden for a series of summer concerts. The park is particularly well suited for sparking the imagination: the permanent exhibition of contemporary sculptures are integrated into a mystic forest of oaks and holm oaks.

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If you are looking for an accommodation which allows you to easily reach the festivals and at the same time explore the surrounding area, visit Tuscany Accommodation where you'll find listings of the best lodgings in Tuscany divided by city, position, type of property and services. It is the perfect way to find the best accommodation for your vacation in Tuscany!

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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