Events

Pageant in Siena

Palio

Dating from the Middle Ages, this spectacular annual event includes a series of colourful pageants and a wild horse race in Piazza del Campo. Ten of Siena's 17 contrade (town districts) compete for the coveted palio…
Fireworks in Florence

Scoppio del Carro

A cart of fireworks is exploded in front of the cathedral in Piazza del Duomo at 11am on Easter Sunday.
Cultural in Viareggio

Carnevale di Viareggio

Viareggio's annual moment of glory lasts four weeks in February to early March when the city goes wild during Carnevale – a festival of floats, many featuring giant satirical effigies of political and other topical …
Music in Siena

Accademia Musicale Chigiana

The Accademia Musicale Chigiana presents two highly regarded concert series featuring classical musicians from around the world: Micat in Vertice from November to April and the Chigiana International Festival in Jul…
Cultural in Pitigliano

Torciata di San Giuseppe

Every spring on the night of the equinox there is a torch-lit procession down the Via Cava di San Giuseppe, which culminates in a huge bonfire in Pitigliano's Piazza Garibaldi. The procession serves as a symbol of p…
Cultural in Arezzo

Giostra del Saracino

This medieval jousting competition, held on Piazza Grande on the third Saturday of June and first Sunday of September, sees each of the city's four quartieri (quarters) put forward a team of 'knights'.
Performing Arts in Fiesole

Estate Fiesolana

Italy's oldest open-air festival, around since 1947, brings summertime music, theatre and dance to Fiesole's atmospheric Roman amphitheatre.
Religious in Florence

Festa delle Rificolone

During the Festival of the Paper Lanterns children carrying lanterns, accompanied by drummers, sbandieratori (flag throwers), musicians and others in medieval dress, process through the streets from Piazza di Santa …
Cultural in Massa Marittima

Balestro del Girifalco

This crossbow competition is held twice yearly on the first Sunday after 20 May and on a Sunday in either July or August (usually the second Sunday in August). Twenty-four competitors from the town's three terzieri …
Cultural in Suvereto

Le Serate Medievali

For two nights each year in mid-July the Serate Medievali transforms the Romanesque cloister of the Convento di San Francesco into a medieval marketplace complete with locals dressed in traditional costume, fire eat…