Top Events & Festivals To Attend In Tuscany In 2017
Posted by Virginie (01/06/2017)
Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and the region of Tuscany is the jewel in its crown. A big draw is the variety of fantastic markets and celebrations the region has. There’s plenty to keep you entertained throughout the year. If you are going on holiday to Tuscany in 2017, there’s certain events and dates you should keep an eye out for. We have picked out a list of the best ones for 2017:
1. Il Palio – this amazing festival takes place each summer on July 2nd and August 16th in Siena. Simply stunning, the main attraction is a horse race ran around the Piazza Del Campo. As the crowd watches on, the horses gallop around it to mesmerising effect.
2. Luminara and Regatta – an ancient festival located in Pisa, this runs every June 16th and 17th. The Luminara refers to the beautiful lights that bedeck the town during the festival and the regatta is pure excitement and spectacle.
3 Explosion of the Cart – elegant Florence hosts this festival at Easter time annually. Dating back 300 years, it involves a wagon being dragged through Florence prior to being ‘exploded’ with fireworks. The parade that follows is great fun too!
4 Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulcino – beautiful Montepulciano is the setting for this celebration. Each night over the summer period, the town comes alive with music and theatre that has something for everyone to enjoy.
5 Carnevale di Viareggio – held prior to Ash Wednesday, Viareggio hosts one of the most well known carnivals in Tuscany. There are masked pageants and a colourful parade to enjoy that always attracts big crowds.
6 Lucca Summer Music Festival– Tuscany’s main music festival takes place in July each year where acts perform in the open air Piazza Napoleone. Previous names to perform include Robbie Williams, so you are guaranteed a good time and fantastic music.
7 Arezzo Market – this is the biggest market in Tuscany, taking place in Arezzo. The town turns itself over to the market on the first Sunday and Saturday before of every month. It’s mainly an antiques market where some bargains can be picked up.
8. Pistoia Market – this market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday, winding through the streets of Pistoia. This market offers a wide range of goods from clothes to food so will have something for everyone.
9 Lucca Market – set in the elegant city of Lucca, this market is always very popular. On the third weekend of every month, there are numerous stalls offering antiques, clothes and souvenirs.
10 Puccini Festival – one of the great Italian composers is celebrated in July/August each year with his own festival in Torre del Lago. During this period, his operas are staged in the outdoor theatre. The biggest names in opera travel to perform each year so if you are an opera buff it will be simply magical.
As you can see, Tuscany is a fantastic place to visit thanks to its interesting array of events. Book your holiday to Tuscany now and experience one of these events for yourself.