The Tuscany region of Italy has a long legacy of musical composition and the performing arts. The tradition is celebrated on stages and in venues throughout Tuscany all year long by way of events and festivals of every scale, some of them organized and official, others spontaneous and poignantly local. Symphonies, recitals and operas recall ancient and classical music; modern fêtes showcase the blues, rock, folk and jazz. The performers who come to play are, as often as not, world renowned.
July and August are high festival and concert season in Tuscany; given the popularity of these events, it pays to purchase tickets ahead of time. Villas in Tuscany are also in demand during the festival season so start by reserving your villa then organizing your festival tickets.
In Castegneto Carducci there is a festival to celebrate the area's production of high quality wines. This festival also allows visitors access to an exhibition of the most famed wines produced in the region.
This is a series of street parades and local folklore concerts the village also has many stands with food and other artisanal works for sale.
In the village of Arezzo there is a week long music festival including 11 stages and 120 acts in previous years. It is a showcase for many of the best blues and rock musicians in Europe.
On the first weekend in August a small village called Roccatederighi goes back to the Middle Ages.It hosts a festival with knights and jugglers all preparing for the feast that the village will soon be having.
In Figline the town's 4 historic quarters compete together in a medieval tournament.The first day is the biggest with a jousting competition.
The annual Il Palio festival is held twice at 7:30pm on both July 2nd and August 16th. It is a classic medieval bareback horse race held in the main square of Siena. There are 10 neighborhoods of Siena that compete in the race. The teams have century old rivalries which results in all sorts of jostling and maneuvering come the main event. The Piazza del Campo can hold 25,000 people, but to be sure of seeing the parades, costumes, flags and the race itself you'll need to be there early.
Lucca's spiritual vitality comes alive in the spring when the city's churches come together as one and present a three-month program of moving religious music that permeates every street and square.
Lovers of the opera and classical music in general consider Giacomo Puccini among the most revered composers of the 20th century. The Puccini Opera Festival has showcased some of the greatest operatic luminaries in the business - names such as Luciano Pavorotti, Placido Domingo and José Carreras - have showcased their talents in recent years. The festival is held every summer in July and August.
Consists of medieval costumes, torchlit parades and a traditional crossbow contest. Centered around the San Paolino area in the centre of Lucca.
Lucca also has a large antiques market (centered around Piazza San Giusto and Piazza Antelminelli) on the third Sunday (and preceding Saturday) of every month. There is also a craft fair, again in and around Piazza San Giusto, on the last Sunday (and preceding Saturday) of every month.
There are some interesting events, but the most important are the Sagra del Tordo and the Apertura delle Cacce. The Apertura is an ancient bow shooting content where teams of archers from four quartieri (neighbourhoods) Borghetto, Pianello, Ruga and Travaglio challenge each other for bragging rights. There are 2 archers for each team and they must hit wild boar shaped targets at ever increasing distances. Each archer has 4 series of 5 arrows, and the team that makes more points wins. The Apertura, is held on the second Sunday of August. The Sagra is held on the last Sunday of October.
The Arezzo Wave Love Festival features an exciting mix of modern rock and blues in a varied, multi-structured format. It lasts for the better part of a week, and in the past the venue has come to include 11 stages and over 120 acts. It is a showcase for some of the most important contemporary rock and blues musiciansï¿½emerging and establishedï¿½in the European sphere, with appearances in past years of Stateside draws such as Ben Harper and Dave Matthews. (www.arezzowave.com)
One of the best times to visit Tuscany is during the grape harvest
For opera and concert tickets you can contact the theater or visit the websites listed at left. Tickets are not generally mailed but are held at the box office. Below are some major theaters in Florence:
Corso Italia, 16 Phone: +39 055 211158
Via della Pergola, 18Phone: +39 055 2479651 / 12
Via Ghibellina, 101Phone: +39 055 212320 / 2396242
Via della Piazzola, 7/rPhone: +39 055 580996
Piazza Cestello Phone: +39 055 294609
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