12/07/2013 The nights of Archaeology
July 1 to 31 museums open even at night with many events throughout Tuscany. Book your stay in the heart of Tuscany After the success of the first edition, back Ciak, the Film Festival of Archaeology, which thanks to Val di Cornia and the Municipality of Siena is hosted on this occasion in two beautiful places: the castle of Piombino, with the island "Elba as a background, where he will place on July 9 opening night dedicated to the man and the sea along with a special guest, Folco Quilici, and Piazza del Duomo in Siena, where 16 to 18 July will be held three evenings with the best of the latest documentary narratives and the possibility for the public to vote for the best film.
05/07/2013 Palio dell'Assunta
7.45, Piazza del Campo: "Mass of the Jockey", celebrated by A. Buoncristiani in Chapel Square. 9.00. Piazza del Campo: "Provaccia" (final round). 10:30, Town Hall: signature of the jockeys. From 14.00 in each of the 17 Contradas: Appearance and dressing of 10 Contradas taking part in the race: blessing of the horse and then leave the Extras who will go after the route to the city streets to pay tribute to some important institutions Siena in the courtyard of the Government Palace, in Piazza Duomo. 15.40, the Government Palace, Cathedral Square: departure of the "Historical" to the House Via di Sotto for entry in the Square. 16.10, Piazza Campo el: Start the "evacuation" of the track. 16.45, Parade of the squad of the Carabinieri on horseback. At 16.50, Piazza del Campo: Entrance of the "Historical". 19.00, Piazza del Campo: "Palio dedicated to the Madonna dell 'Assunta", the horses come from the Courtyard, at the outbreak of the firecracker, for the race. After the race, the winning Contrada goes elated at the Cathedral and then the festivities continue in the district and in the streets of downtown.
24/06/2013 Fiorentina Summer 2013
At the start of the Florentine Summer 2013. This year's edition was presented in the Palazzo Vecchio by Mayor Matteo Renzi, the Councillor Sergio Givone and the artistic director Riccardo Ventrella. 'The Florentine Summer - said Mayor Renzi - is an attempt to' feed 'the idea and the soul of a city with opportunities for study, and I really like that this year there is also a link with what close the summer, the cycling world. The city - said the mayor - has invested more money than ever before: 78 are valid applications, 25 percent more than in 2012, for 992mila euro of funding requests, 40 percent more than last year. The City will invest EUR 270 thousand, the same figure of 2012 '. 'The Flight of the bicycles to the moon on the sky of Florence, chosen as the image of Summer 2013 - said Ventrella - reminds us of many things: ET, Miracle in Milan, the World Championships that await us at the end of September, but also the need to see the space we inhabit from unusual points of view. A cultural must serve above all this, to stimulate the active participation '. All this around a few places symbol of the strength with which we wanted to emphasize the role: the Amphitheatre Cascine, where the Summer will begin on the 19th with concert Lambchop Piazza Santissima Annunziata and the River Arno.
05/06/2013 Giostra del Saracino – The Saracen Joust
June 22 & September 1, 2013 (every year, on the next–to–last Saturday in June and on the first Sunday of September)
The Giostra del Saracino, originated in the Crusades, sees contestants from the respective quartieri of Arezzo assembling in the historic Piazza S. Francesco for the annual jousting tournament, to compete for the coveted prize of the Golden Lance.
The streets are filled with gallant knights on battle horses, flag–bearers, trumpeters and people in medieval costume.
03/06/2013 SPAJAZZ IN RAPOLANO TERME
Terme Antica Querciolaia and the Siena Jazz Foundation organized SPAJAZZ: eight events, twice a month throughout the summer, to experience wellness and relaxation in the magical atmosphere of jazz music!
- 1 and 15 June
- 13th and 27th July
- 3 This is August 24
- On 7 and 21 September
29/05/2013 THE PALIO IN SIENA
The Palio is the most important event in Siena, taking place on July 2 and August 16 every year. In the Palio the various Sienese "contrade", or areas in which the city is divided, challenge in other in a passionate horse race in the heart of the city in the Piazza del Campo. Originally, there were about fifty-nine "Contrade"; now only seventeen remain, ten of which take part in the historical pageant and in the race at each Palio (seven by right and three drawn by lots). The 17 Contrade are: Eagle, Snail, Wave, Panther, Forest, Tortoise, Owl, Unicorn, Shell, Tower, Ram, Caterpillar, Dragon, Giraffe, Porcupine, She-Wolf, Goose. Each Contrada has its own unique emblem and colors and represents an area of the city. As one walks through the streets of Siena it is easy to know in which Contrada you currently are in by observing the flags and emblems displayed along the street. The Palio horse race has its origins in the distant past, with historical records indicating horse races in Siena already taking place in the 6th century. The Palio is much more than a simple event for the Sienese, it actually is a large part of their lives since the time of their birth. Each person belongs to a Contrada, participates in the life of the Contrada and the organization of the Palio throughout the entire year. The Sienese live the Palio with great passion and you'll certainly be able to see this if you have the chance to attend one of the races. The Palio is a pretty complex event that has gained additional rules through the centuries, as well as traditions and customs, many which only members of the contrada are aware of. Below is a highlight of some of the main rules and traditions of the Palio, which should be useful in better understanding the event. The Palio horse race takes place twice a year, one the 2nd of July (Palio of Provenzano, in honor of the Madonna of Provenzano) and on August 16th (Palio of the Assumption, in honor of the Virgin Mary's Assumption). During this special occasion, the main square in Siena, the Piazza del Campo, is prepared for the race as the ring around the square is covered with tuff clay. Ten out of the seventeen contrade take part in each race: seven are those that did not participate in the previous race on that day, while the other three are drawn by lots. The Palio actually takes place over 4 days, the race taking place on the fourth day. The first day is for the "Tratta", or the drawing of the lots and assignment of the horses to each of the Contrade. Before the official race there are 6 trial runs or heats, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The fifth trial, the one run the evening prior to the official Palio, is called the "prova generale" or general trial while the last which takes place the morning of the race, is called "provaccia" or bad trial given the little effort the jockeys put into it in order to avoid tiring the horses too much. The jockeys always mount their horses without a saddle. The Palio prize is called "Drappellone" or large drape, a large painted canvas each year designed and created by a different artist and which the winning contrada displays in their contrada museum. On the day of the Palio race the city is in full turmoil and the entire day is dedicated to the event. Around 8 a.m., in the chapel next to the Palazzo Comunale, the Bishop celebrates the "Messa del fantino" or mess for the horse jockeys. Shortly after the mess the last trial takes place in Piazza del Campo, the one called "provaccia". Immediately after within the Palazzo Comunale and in the presence of the mayor, the "segnatura dei fantini" takes place. The name of the jockeys are confirmed and can not be substituted from that point. Early afternoon each Contrada performs a benediction ceremony of its horse and afterwards joins in the large parade in historical costume, with over 600 participants, that winds through the city. The parade arrives around 5 p.m. at the Piazza del Campo, and ends by around 6.30-7 p.m. Shortly thereafter the explosion of a firecracker signals the entrance of the horses into the piazza. As the jockeys come out, each one receives a whip made out of ox sinew which they can use to prod their horse or to irrate the other opponents in the race. The horses must run three laps around the Campo, overcoming dangerous points such as the very narrow curve of San Martino where collisions between the wall and between horses have led to many falls in the past (the reason why many animal activists oppose the Palio). The first horse that crosses the finish line, even if he arrives without his jockey, wins the race. The winning Contrada receives the Drappellone, as the victorious Contrada members head towards the Church of Provenza (after the July race) or towards the Duomo (after the August race) for the "Te Deum" or prayer of thanks. The Palio represents without a doubt a unique opportunity to live the warmth and passion of the city of Siena. If you have the opportunity of attending, do not pass up on this chance to experience such a passionate and special celebration.
07/12/2012 NEW YEAR 2013 AT ANTICA QUERCIOLAIA SPA IN RAPOLANO TERME
As usual the spas of Rapolano organize New Year's Eve in wellness, relaxation and fun. At the SPA Antica Querciolaia the Dawn will be at 21.00 with a pleasant welcome cocktail, at midnight New Year's toast and at 4.00 am breakfast. From 22,00 to 1,00 Buffet.
Places are limited and reservations are necessary, so hurry to book your stay and the evening at the SPA contacting www.chiantiferie.net
16/11/2012 MARKETS IN FLORENCE
SAN LORENZO MARKET: From Piazza S. Lorenzo to Via dell'Ariento, all around the Basilica of San Lorenzo (in the very historical center of the city) you can find what may be the most important market of the city. Just walk around searching for clothing, articles in leather, souvenirs, etc. It is Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
MERCATO CENTRALE: Stalls inside the San Lorenzo central market, in Via dell'Ariento you'll find the best food market of the city. Walk in and discover. It opens every morning from 7am to 2pm, Saturday from 7am to 5pm, closed on Sunday and public holidays.
SANT'AMBROGIO: Located in Piazza Ghiberti and Piazza Sant'Ambrogio, the market is both indoor and outdoor. Just walk around to discover fresh fruits and vegetables, clothes, flowers, shoes and houseware stands. Then, move inside to discover a large selection of fresh meat and fish, pasta, general groceries and a wide array of farm direct cheeses. Hungry? Take a seat in their connected restaurant (innexpensive and delicious). The market it's open every weekday (except Sunday) from 7 to 14.
MERCATO "DELLE CASCINE": in the beautiful Parco delle Cascine (the bigger "park" of Florence) each Tuesday morning (from 7 to 14). It is arguably the biggest and cheapest market in town! If you're searching for fruits, vegetables, clothing, general groceries, houseware stands, antiquities, telephone cards, shoes and ..whatever else you can think of, then come here. After shooping don't forget to take a walk on the park.
MERCATO DELLE "PULCI": The famous FLEA MARKET of Florence is located in Piazza dei Ciompi every day from 9 to 19.30. If you're lucky enough to go there on the last Sunday of every month, the stalls extend into the surrounding streets. Here you can find furniture and objects from the past, prints, coins and jewellery. You can also find affordable treasures amidst the bric-a-brac and dusty books. It's worth a trip if only to get insights on Italy's past through the artifacts displayed in these cluttered stalls.
On the last Sunday of each month about 100 more stands, distributed also in the surrounding streets, enrich the market.
LA FIERUCOLINA: it is a market selling biological products and promoting the use of organic and biodynamic farming on a small scale. Here, visitors will find many wine and food farming products without chemical substances and also several handmade products.
It takes place on 3rd Sunday of every month (except August) in Piazza Santo Spirito (in the Oltrarno).
CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN FLORENCE
Advent is a really magical period for visitors arriving in Florence. The Christmas' markets and the craft bright activities, liven up the festives season. This is an opportunity to really enjoy looking around for gift-ideas or just wondering through the stalls during the festivities typical of Florence.
Do not miss it! Appointments for next Christmas:
German Christmas' Market - Piazza Santa CroceIn December, until 24th.Typical Christmas Market where you can find ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree and Crib; also, traditional sweets from the nordic regions are found and the interior decoration is carried out in a very special context.Opening hours: Every day from 10:00 - to 20:00 hrs.
Florence Noel: Christmas' MarketChristmas in Florence. Stazione Leopolda - Viale F.lli Rosselli.First week in December. Payment on Entrance.
Christmas in Florence: marketsInside the market; there is the House of Santa Claus - 'Babbo Natale' where the children will be able to meet the mithical Santa and perhaps have a photo taken on his lap. moreover; you will be able to see among other things scenes representing the North Pole, where the most famous father in the world lives.
Fierucola di Natale: Christmas - Fair. Piazza S. Spirito.The Sunday before Christmas.
List of other "food markets" in Florence:
Fruit and Vegetables Main MarketAddress: Viale Guidoni - Opening hours: From Tuesday to Thursday from 10 to 11am; Saturday from 9 to 10 am
Le Cure marketAddress: Piazza delle Cure - Opening hours: every morning except Sunday and public holidays
Santo Spirito marketAddress: Piazza Santo Spirito - Opening hours: every morning except Sunday and public holidays; all day on the second Sunday of every month
List of other "clothing, leather and straw goods markets" in Florence:
Mercato del Porcellino (Articles in Florentine straw, hand embroidery, leather goods, objects in wood, flowers)Address: Piazza del Mercato Nuovo - Opening hours: every day from 8am to 7pm, except Sundays and Monday mornings
Straw MarketAddress: Piazza del Mercato Nuovo - Opening hours: every day from 9 to 18,30 pm, except Sunday and public holidays
List of other "second-hand furniture, household articles and books markets" in Florence:
Oltrarno Flea MarketAddress: Piazza S. Spirito - Opening hours: Second Sunday of the month, from 9 to 19
Rare booksAddress: Loggia del Grano - Opening hours: From Thursday to Saturday, from 10 to 18
List of "plants and flower market" in Florence:
Flower marketAddress: under the portico in Piazza della Repubblica (via Pellicceria) - Opening hours: every Thursday morning, from 10 to 19
29/10/2012 Holiday in Crete Senesi
“Crete d'Autunno”: a month dedicated to the traditional local flavours of the Siena area
The traditional flavours of the Crete Senesi will be showcased for over a month with “Crete d’autunno”, the festival season that will run from 1 November to 9 December in the five villages of this evocative corner of Tuscany: Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d’Arbia, Rapolano Terme and San Giovanni d’Asso.
For tourists and visitors, it’s a chance to dive into the flavours, colours and atmospheres of the local area with traditional dishes, art exhibitions, outdoor sports and stands, tasting olive oil, Chianina beef, artichokes, truffles, hams and salamis.
“Crete d’autunno” will open with the olive oil festival in Montisi, a small hamlet of San Giovanni d’Asso, which will celebrate “Il primo olio ed altro ancora... “ (The first olive oil and more besides) scheduled to run from 01 until 04 November. The spotlight over the weekend will be on oil, with tastings, guided tours of the oil mills, street shows in the village and traditional local meals prepared with the olio “novo” (“new” oil) in the local restaurants.
On 04 November Chiusure, in the Asciano area, celebrates the Festa della Dicioccatura, which will guide visitors in discovering an artichoke with a unique, unmistakable flavour. The day’s schedule includes visits to the carciofaia (the artichoke beds) and food stands, where visitors will have the chance to sample a variety of flavoursome dishes made with artichokes, as well as songs and dances in the square.
The calendar of events continue in Ponte a Tressa (Monteroni d’Arbia) on 09 and 10 November with the Chianina Festival, allowing young and old alike to learn about this valuable breed with guided tours of local farms and tastings.
On 09-11 and 16-18 November, the village of San Giovanni d’Asso will be celebrating the “prince of tubers” with the 27th Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Bianco delle Crete Senesi (Market Fair of the White Truffle of the Crete Senesi Region), offering truffle lovers and the merely curious two weekends packed with events, including the chance to go truffle hunting along the paths surrounding San Giovanni d’Asso, with precious advice from the Associazione Tartufai Senesi. Truffle hunting, but not only, as the characteristically exquisite flavour of truffles will be set off by pairings with sparkling wines, grana padano cheese and Nobile di Montepulciano wine.
Olive oil will be featured once again on 24 and 25 November in Serre di Rapolano with mobile tastings and “Commercianti in festa” (the local traders’ festival), the first Christmas market organised by the Centro Commerciale Naturale di Rapolano e Serre, will all be highlights of the weekend.
“Crete d’Autunno” will draw to a close with “Buonconvento ... una Terra con i Sapori della Memoria” (“Buonconvento ... A Land of Tastes Remembered”) which from 07 to 09 December offers visitors the chance to taste the traditional fruit of autumn, chestnuts, with mulled wine: a special combination for heading off to discover the treasures of the area such as Museums, markets with stalls set up by hobbyists and collectors, and learning about Buonconvento’s rural past.
17/07/2012 Vino al Vino
Every year on the third weekend of September (2012 September 13th-16th) the vintners of Panzano meet in the village square to show their wines, often pronounced as the best of the region. You have the chance to sample the different styles of wines, chat with the winemakers and listen to some great music!
17/07/2012 Chianti Classico Wine Festival
A Fall Wine Festival In Greve in Chianti
06/07/2012 Wine under the stars
If you love wine and would like to pass a beautiful summer evening next week, remember that Friday, August 10, 2012 is generally known as the day of falling stars, which falls on the day of San Lorenzo. For this special night, many towns across Tuscany have dedicated a special night called “Calici di Stelle” to celebrate the region’s great wines!
04/07/2012 2012 ACCADEMIA DELLE CRETE SENESI CONCERTS
Together with musicians of Collegium Vocale Gent and a number of sponsoring friends, the Belgian conductor and Italy lover Philippe Herreweghe founded in 2001 the “Accademia delle delle Crete Senesi”. In response to the hectic every day concert life during the regular season, this yearly summer festival south of Siena developed into a charming and inspiring meeting place for both musicians and audiences.
04/07/2012 Medieval Festival in Volterra
Volterra AD 1398 has reached its 15th edition in 2012. year this event returns to its original splendour in the pulsing heart of the ancient Volterra.
22/04/2012 THE PALIO IN SIENA
The Palio is the most important event in Siena, taking place on July 2 and August 16 every year.
22/04/2012 The Saracen Joust in Arezzo
A year is passed and June has come. On the third Saturday of June (23 June 2012) there will take place a great medieval festival, very famous in Italy: La Giostra del Saracino or the Saracen Joust of Arezzo.
16/04/2012 ENOCENE IN SIENA AT ENOTECA ITALIANA
The direct contact with the produder that tells his land, his wine inviting you to taste it, together with a”km 0 meat or fish dinner” in the amazing Enoteca Italiana that collects more than 1600 italian wines. This is “Enocene”, to meet the wine producers. Each Friday until the end of August at Enoteca Italiana, in the heart of the ancient Fortress in Siena.
16/04/2012 PALAZZO CHIGI SARACINI IN SIENA OPENS ITS DOORS AGAIN
If you are in Siena over the next few months, take advantage of the special opening to the public of the Palazzo Chigi Saracini, a beautiful medieval palace in the center of Siena normally closed to the public as it houses the Chigiana Musical Academy.
12/09/2010 L'Eroica (2012 october 7th)
Other rhythms, silence, other times, other heroes will be staged on October 3 in Gaiole in Chianti. Champions on Sunday and ancient samples that slip away silently and excited for the white streets of Chianti and the Crete Senesi, dressed in a mesh with sponsors that tell an Italy lanona old, that of the 30s or the years of the legendary Bartali and Coppi or that the economic boom of the '60s.
25/03/2010 Antique Fair in Arezzo
For over 40 years the fair has taken place on the first weekend of every month and has become an essential event for collectors and dealers alike, with an average attendance of 20.000 people each weekend.