Top events & things to do this summer in Tuscany, Italy
Whatever time of year you choose to visit Tuscany, there are always plenty of things to see and do; with its stunningly beautiful landscape, Renaissance palaces, historical monuments and incredible artistic masterpieces, Tuscany never fails to impress.
If you choose to head to this region in summer however, you will simply be spoilt for choice, as there are many exciting festivals and events to attend.
Make sure you bring your sunglasses, hat and sun cream though, as Tuscan summers can get pretty hot!
If you’re a music fan, then Tuscany is THE place to be during the summer months, as there are a whole host of musical events to get you singing and dancing.
Head to Pistola in mid-July for the famous blues and rock festival, or if you’re keen to see some big international artists, make sure you visit the summer festival in Lucca, which takes place throughout the month of July in the beautiful historical centre.
Opera fans will be more than happy to hear that an opera festival takes place throughout the months of July and August in various towns in Tuscany, and there’s also the annual Andrea Bocelli concert at the Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico on the 20th of July.
There are also plenty of fun medieval festivals to see in Tuscany at this time of year, including the Giostra dell’Orso in Pistola, or the Giostra del Saracino in Arezzo; both of which are exciting jousting tournaments.
Then of course there’s the world famous Palio horserace in Siena - if you aren’t afraid of crowds then this amazing bareback race is not to be missed! If you’re after something a little less hectic then travel to Montepulciano on the last Sunday in August for the Bravio delle Botti - the annual barrel rolling race in which contestants from the 8 contrade (or neighbourhoods) of Montepulciano roll heavy barrels up a very large hill!
Over in Florence there are also several summer events, including the fantastic Florence dance festival in June and July which takes place at the Teatro Romano and is part of the cultural Estate Fiesolana programme. On the 10th of August you will also find live music and free food in Florence’s Piazza San Lorenzo, in celebration of the Festa di San Lorenzo.
And finally, for those of you who want to sample some of Tuscany’s delicious culinary delights, then never fear! There are plenty of food festivals (or sagre) during both the summer and early-Autumn months, including the Festa del Nocciolo (hazelnut festival) which takes place in Panzano in Chianti on August 14th.
And when you’ve finally finished checking out all of these great summer festivals and events, why not visit Chianti for a spot of wine tasting, or perhaps a leisurely bike tour, providing the weather isn’t too hot. Also make sure you find the time to pay a visit to the Maremma coast; home to some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Italy.
Kick back and relax on beautiful golden sands, take a dip in the cool, clear sea and of course, make sure you indulge in some delicious, locally made gelato…
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