|Carnevale di Viareggio
Is a colorful parade of floats and masks, usually made of paper-pulp, depicting caricatures of popular people, such as politicians, showmen and sportsmen;
|From 27 January to 17 february||Viareggio
A nice town on the West coast 1 hour drive from the farm (highway A11)
|“Sagra delle frittelle”
Rice pancakes feast , a traditional feast to celebrate father’s day
|Scoppio del carro
a cart is packed with fireworks and set on fire. The tradition dates back over 350 years and a successful explosion is believed to guarantee a goodyear ahead.
|April, 1th||Florence, piazza del Duomo|
If you like antique furniture and you are passionate with grandma’s dusty things this market is for you !
The day after Easter known as Pasquetta (literally: little Easter)
|Greve in Chianti main square|
A carnival where people are dressed up in Medieval costumes and Mediaeval games are organized
|March, 26||San Casciano|
An all day long street market to welcome the spring
|March 18th||San Casciano|
|Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato
Every year, here you can admire the works of the ancient Florence workshops, as well as hand-crafted produce from the Italian regions and the countries of the whole world. – See more at: http://www.mostraartigianato.it/en/
|April 21rd – May 1st||Florence, Fortezza da Basso|
|“Festa della Stagion Bona”
Medieval market and parade
|April 25th||Panzano, Chianti|
|Ethic Street Festival www.ethicstreet.org
A festival where you can enjoy vegan food strictly and a lot of music
|April||Montevarchi, via Roma|
Every year in May you can admire and smell the beautiful iris flowers in a garden overlooking Florence. Don’t miss it!
|May||Florence, piazzale Michelangelo|
Spring fair in Figline Valdarno , flower market, street food and more
|May||Figline, main square|
Would you like to see the beautiful Tuscan cows “Chianina” used to work in the fields ? They will be showed at the fair with many more farmers’ animals.
Lucignano 25 km southwest of Arezzo, is colored and scented with flowers of the Maggiolata, a festival which commemorates the ancient rural celebrations for the arrival of Summer. The four districts of the village every year build floats entirely covered with flowers that parade through the streets of the town accompanied by farm carts and folk groups. http://www.maggiolatalucignanese.it/
|Luminara and San Ranieri historical regatta in Pisa
held along Pisa’s lungarni (riverside streets). On this occasion there are special illuminations on the eve of the patron saint’s day, and over 120,000 wax candles are placed in glass cups and hung from wooden frames (known as ‘biancheria’). There is also a firework display at night. Next day, there is a regatta race on the Arno between four boats representing Pisa’s four historical quarters.
|June 16th June 18th||Pisa, Lungarni|
|La Giostra del Saracino (Joust of Saracens)
Originated during the Middle Ages, it was revived in its actual form in 1931. Every “quartieri”- city’s neighborhood – has a team of knights armed with lances who try jousting the “Buratto Re delle Indie”, a wooden effigy representing a Saracen warrior. The knights’ aim is to hit it without being belted by the “mazzafrusto”, three heavy leather balls on the other Buratto’s hand.
|penultimate Saturday in June at night and on the first Sunday in September in the afternoon.||Arezzo|
|Palio di Siena
Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent the contrade, or city wards. A pageant, the Corteo Storico, precedes the race. The winning team celebrates with dinners held in the streets of the “contrada” (district).
|July 2nd and August 16th||Siena, Piazza del Campo|
|Monteriggioni Medieval Festival
is one of the best costume festivals in Italy: there are people dressed in historical costumes, plus the chance to watch a tournament between 13th-century knights, a battle with piker men, halberdiers, infantrymen and harquebusiers.
|Monteriggioni is an amazing beautiful town with its Medieval walls still intact; also the buildings inside the walls are for the most part original and attractive. On the road to go to Siena don’t miss a visit!|
|Sagra della Ribollita
In a small mountain hamlet over Loro Ciuffenna you can taste the delicious and traditional soup “Ribollita” cooked by the women of the village with other typical local goodies.
|3rd weekend of July||S. Clemente in Valle|
|La Giostra dell’Orso
The Joust of the Bear it is a modern twist on the ancient, traditional palio race, i.e. a re-enactment of the medieval jousting tournament.
|July 25th||Pistoia, piazza Duomo|
|Bravìo delle botti in Montepulciano traditional competition that sees the eight districts compete while rolling 80 kg barrels up a 1800 meter hill. Two men called “pushers” who wind through the historic centre until they get to the finish line on the Duomo steps in Piazza Grande push the barrels.||The last Sunday in August||Montepulciano|
|Volterra AD: jump back to medieval times! Knights and horses, noble ladies and gentlemen, minstrels and peasants, archers and flag flyers in medieval costumes make you feel like being in the 14th century.||Every 3rd and 4th Sunday of August||Volterra|
|La festa della Rificolona
is one of the most ancient Florentine traditions. Is a kids parade carrying colourful paper lanterns.
|Septemebr 7th||Florence, from Piazza Santa Croce to the Piazza Santissima Annunziata|
|Palio delle Balestra in Sansepolcro
It is the historical competition takes place between the crossbowmen of Sansepolcro and their eternal friends/enemies in Gubbio . The competition – in Medieval costumes- requires ability and cold blood to hit the bull’s-eye of the target with these antique weapons from a distance of 36 mt.
|second Sunday in September||Sansepolcro, Arezzo Piazza Torre di Berta|
|Historic “Gioco del Pozzo” in Montevarchi
in the framework of Festa del Perdono (Feast of Forgiveness) The game originated with the need to determine who had priority among the four gonfalons of the historic city to draw water during the dry months. The game itself consists of each team trying to hit the bull’s-eye in the centre of the well.
|Every year, on the first Sunday in September||Montevarchi Arezzo Piazza Varchi|