July is one Hot Month for Events
lots of activities to heat up your holidays
The region lights up with longer daylight hours, warm temps and many...many activities. There are so many things to see and do, your head will spin trying to fit them all in. We have compiled a list of the highlights that you should try and fit into your itinerary while visiting Tuscany - and if you haven't already made plans, check the availability and last minute offers for the summer. Remember to book directly with the owners for best rates.
With so much to choose from, we have divided this month into a few separate calendars so we can list more activities and so you can focus on what interest you the most:
Read through our list and be sure to take note of the day for your travels through Tuscany this July:
Author's Note: This article was last updated on June 11, 2019, to make sure we're giving you up-to-date info, if the dates have not yet been announced then we indicate TBA (to be announced). If they have not yet been posted keep checking in with us...or better yet, write us on the Forum
Tuscany | NOTTI DELL'ARCHEOLOGIA | July
Guided tours, special evening hours and archeological events surrounding the many large and small museums throughout the region. There will several activities which will explore the history and legends of Tuscany, events are programmed for all ages. Read the program at the below link, looking for the town or city closest to you.
Arezzo | FIERA ANTIQUARIA | July 6 & 7
The oldest and the biggest antique fair
Many years ago, Ivan Bruschi gave life to one of the oldest and biggest antique fairs in Tuscany...maybe even all of Italy. He transformed his love for the old, unique and precious into an event that fills the streets of Arezzo every first Sunday of the month and the Saturday that precedes it that month.
Panzano in Chianti | APRILANTE | 1st Sunday in July
Handcrafts & Vintage
We know they call the fair "April"-ante, but it really goes all year round! This monthly market in the streets of this charming town in Chianti is where you will find handicrafts, vintage and delicious typical foods and all of it this is just outside in the countryside surrounding Florence.
Greve in Chianti | IL PAGLIAIO | Every 4th Sunday of July
Organic and Artisan Market
Piazza Matteotti is filled with locals who feature goods from their gardens, their kitchens, and their workshops. Often you will find not only great bargains but music and opportunities to do some taste testing.
Siena | IL PALIO | July 2 (& August 16)
the most famous Tuscan event ever
It’s a horse race in the very heart of the city center, during which the various contrade (or better, quarters or areas in which Siena is divided) challenge in other in what is commonly referred to as a more than a simple challenging game for a local from Siena. Each person who lives in Siena is part of a contrada and, consequently, participates in its life, constantly in competition with the others!! For the occasion, Piazza del Campo (or better, the ring around the square) is covered with tuff clay. The horse race usually takes place in the late afternoon, after the historical parade - composed by more than 600 people in costumes representing the several contrade, that will wind their way through the tiny streets of the center for getting to Piazza del Campo. During the morning, the assigning of the jockey takes place in the presence of the mayor.
Marina di Pietrasanta | 40th FESTIVAL LA VERSILIANA | July - August
In the enchanting setting of Versilia, between the coast and the mountains is a festival of music combining all the wonderful aspects of Tuscany, including traditional foods and the historic charm of the area.
Torre del Lago | 65th FESTIVAL PUCCINI | July-August
Bringing music, food, and culture together
A deep love lasting over thirty years linked Giacomo Puccini to the charming hamlet of Torre del Lago, which, after his death, was renamed Torre del Lago Puccini to the pride of all its inhabitants. The Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago is the only Festival in the world fully dedicated to the composer Giacomo Puccini with “La Faniculla del West”. It takes place every summer during the months of July and August, in the very places that inspired Maestro Puccini’s immortal melodies.
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana | STREET LOVE | July TBA
Bringing music, food, and culture together
A festival aimed focused on the newest trend towards street food with a healthy dose of music in an enchanting atmosphere. Visitors will have the chance to taste local products as well as some of the most representative recipes of the other Italian regions, together with traditional and handicraft stands, live art and music performances that will give life to one-of-a-kind manifestation.
Casole d'Elsa | PALIO di CASOLE | second Sunday in July
A whole week full of events and manifestations, with the Palio di Casole d'Elsa horse race as the final and highest event of the week. Qualification for the final race will be taking place on Saturday at 9.30 am, while the Palio will be run on Sunday starting from 7 pm, with the historical parade, flag throwers and drummers winding their way through the center from mid-afternoon. At the end of the Palio, spectacular fireworks will be advising everyone at the end of the Palio week.
Lucca | I GIORNI DI SAN PAOLINO | July 11 - 14
Mishap turns into a festival
On 12 July 1664 the cannons placed on the walls adjacent to the Porta San Donato were fired to honor the memory of San Paolino but, accidentally, the blows were directed against the crowd that was in the area; there were no deaths or injuries and this miracle was attributed to San Paolino. In his honor (again but with better results!), the "Palio della balestra" came about, during which the crossbowmen representing the city's third parties, San Paolino, San Salvatore and San Martino compete for the prize awarded each year by a contemporary author.
Certaldo Alto | MERCANTIA | July 10 - 14
Thousands of people crowd the tiny streets of the village, like a massive flood of entranced persons staring at all these marvelous and colored street artists that, while standing out from the visitors for their amazingly creative costumes, usually perform in magnificent shows, either among the public or within hidden courtyards or secret gardens. Hundreds of stands offering every kind of items are on hand, as well as music, dance, and theatre performances: you will find it hard to decide which show to assist and which street to go through, completely immersed in a fantasy world that, like a fairy tale, will make you daydream inside the walls of this special location.
Fivizzano | DISFIDA DEGLI ARCIERI DI TERRA E DI CORTE | July 12, 13 & 14
Bows & Arrows
a manifestation with people dressed up in historical costumes aimed to evoke the ancient competitions among the 5 districts of the city, that used to challenge in other, divided into those belonging to the area of the town enclosed by the walls and those that used to protect the town. The Disfida degli Arcieri of Earth and Court back to excite their audience in the splendid setting of Medicea square in Fivizzano!
Seravezza | BLUES FESTIVAL | July 11, 12, 13 & 14
8th festival of music, literature, wine, and food in southern Tuscany
Surrounded by the amazing scenery of the Palazzo Mediceo in Seravezza, many artists will perform on the stage, creating a memorable blues music experience and drawing lots of "passionati" and people who desire to spend a night under the stars as well.
Sansepolcro | XVII KILWATT FESTIVAL | July 19 - 27
The Energy of a Contemporary Scene
The festival was in its third edition and that year we had sold few tickets in four days of shows, although there were eight titles in the program. At night, while we were dismantling the stages, one of the technicians said it was better to stop, unless we find the way to make the city feel that the festival was "a thing of its own". Today's Kilowatt was born in front of that solicitation. Official Website
Radicondoli | LE NOTTI DI GIOVE | July 6 - Grand Finale Aug. 24
The Mythical god Giove gives Thursday its name (Giovedi)
Every Thursday for the month of July and August the charming city of Radicondoli (Siena) creates a mini street fair with art, food, and outdoor entertainment to best enjoy the cool fresh evening air. Facebook Page
Chiusi della Verna | ALLA CORTE DEL CONTE | July 20 - 21
This event celebrates the origin of the La Verna monastery in the mountains running down the center of Italy and between Casentino and Assisi. Join the town as it replays the donation o the land to Saint Francis and then follows it with a festival of celebration.
Ponzanello | PONZANELLO ILLUMINA’ | TBA
A suggestive manifestation during which the quaint village situated in the Lunigiana region will be literally lit up with candles and torches offering a spectacular show, and crowded with hundreds of street artists, musicians, people in costumes performing along the tiny streets and inside the characteristic wine cellars, where visitors will have the chance to try out the local specialties, paying with the sesterzi, the currency used at that times.